If you’ve ever played a video game and thought, “I could make a better game than this,” here’s your chance! GameStop, Southern Methodist University’s Guildhall and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences have issued a challenge to indie gamers who think they’ve got what it takes to create a hit game, and start a new career. The Indie Game Challenge is open now through October 1, 2009. The entry fee is $100 ($75 for GameStop Edge members). Professional and non-professional individuals and teams may enter up to 3 games and win $100,000. Games may be for any platform, and they may be unreleased games created for the contest, or be live in, say, the iPhone Game Store already. Judges will select a professional and a non-professional grand prize winner (individual/team), each of whom will receive $100,000. Entrants who submit the best pitch video will win $10,000, and finalists will receive prizes, including travel to Red Rock Casino Resort for the award ceremony, $2,500 awards, auditions with game publishers, and a scholarship to SMU’s Guildhall. Winners will be announced February 19, 2010 at a reception in Las Vegas at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa.
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