20th Independent Games Festival awards finalists revealed

This year is set to be awesome for indie games.

Independent Games Festival

The Independent Games Festival (IGF), which honours the most influential, innovative and acclaimed projects in independent game development, revealed the award finalists for its 20th annual awards ceremony. The IGF Awards take place on March 21, 2018 in San Francisco.

After an initial review round by over 300 judges, the nearly 600 entries for the 2018 IGF Awards were distributed to a diverse set of expert jurors from across the industry for final consideration. The juries for each individual category then selected the IGF finalists after playing, discussing and meticulously evaluating them.  A tough job, but I suppose someone has to do it.

Among the selection of 35 different nominated games, a few titles received nominations in multiple categories, including Baba is You, a puzzle game created by creator Hempuli that allows players to alter the rules and game logic as a part of solving the puzzles. The game received a total of four nominations, and from what I’ve seen of the game so far I’m sure it’ll pick up at least a couple of wins.

Independent Games Festival Cuphead
Cuphead has, of course, been nominated for multiple awards.

Independent Games Festival Award winners will receive more than $50,000 (£37,000) of prizes in various categories, including the $30,000 (£22,200) Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Both the IGF Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2018 pass-holders and will be livestreamed online once again.  The nominees for the grand prize are:

  • Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy (Bennett Foddy)
  • Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
  • West of Loathing (Asymmetric Publications)
  • Into the Breach (Subset Games)
  • Heat Signature (Suspicious Developments)
  • Baba is You (Hempuli)


There are a huge amount of fantastic look indie games hitting Steam libraries and console collections this year.  We’ll be bringing you a list of our most anticipated games of 2018 soon.  For more info about the festival, including a full list of all the nominees for the different award categories, check out the official Independent Games Festival website.