On Thursday, 16th February, at Saatchi Gallery in London, we hosted the final event of the first Google Play Indie Games Contest in Europe. The 20 finalists, selected from nearly 1000 submissions, came from 12 countries to showcase their games to an excited room of gamers, industry experts and press. Selected based on the votes of the attendees and the Google Play team, the Top 10 pitched in front of a jury of industry experts who chose the top winners. Big congratulations to everyone, especially Reigns, Causality and The Battle of Polytopia. 

It’s been really inspiring to see the enthusiasm around this inaugural edition, and the quality and creativity of the indie games developed across the eligible European countries. We are looking forward to bringing a new edition of the contest to you in late 2017. Many thanks again to everyone who entered the contest. We can’t wait to see the amazing games that you will create this year to delight Android users!

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To celebrate the passion and innovation of indie game developers from Europe, this contest could help you get your game noticed by industry experts and players worldwide, as it's your chance to win prizes that will showcase your art and help you grow your business, including: 

 Eligibility

The contest is open to indie game developers based in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and UK (excl. Northern Ireland). You need to have 15 or less full time employees, and have published a new game on Google Play after 1 January 2016. If you’re planning on publishing a new game soon, you can also enter by submitting a private beta. Make sure you check out all the requirements in the legal terms and conditions

The process

Once submissions close, all eligible entries will be reviewed and up to top 20 finalists will be chosen based on the level of innovation, fun, design excellence, and technical & production quality.

The finalists will get to showcase their games at an open showcase event at the Saatchi Gallery in London on the 16th February 2017. At the event, the Top 10 will be selected by the showcase attendees and the Google Play team. The Top 10 will then get the opportunity to pitch to a jury of industry experts, from which the final winner and runners up will be selected.

Key dates

What When
  • Open submissions for contest (eligiblity criteria apply)
  • Open registrations for final event (open to all)
  • Open registrations for indie games workshop (open to all) 
22 November
  • Close submissions for contest
31 December
  • Contest finalists announced
Mid January
  • Final event @Saatchi Gallery in London
16 February
  • Indie games workshop @Google office in London
17 February

Contest sponsor

Unity