INDIE Live Expo Awards

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INDIE Live Expo Awards

September 30th, 2020, 11:59 pm (JST): closed.


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Q:What are the conditions required for nomination?

A:Only games released between October 1st, 2019 and September 30th, 2020 can be nominated.

Q:What exactly do you mean by "release"?

・Are Early Access or demo versions included?
A:Yes, Early Access and demo versions are both counted as a "release".
・If a game gets its full release during the authorized period but already had Early Access of Demo version before, can it be nominated?
A:Yes, it can be nominated.
・If a previously released game receives an update during the authorized period, can it be nominated?
A:Only in the case of a major update, such as one which takes a game from Early Access to Full Release, can the game be nominated.
・Can remakes or ports be nominated?
A:They can be nominated only if they contain enough new content to be considered a new game.

Q:Will entry cost anything?

A:No; games are nominated through player-submitted votes. Creators whose games have been nominated will not be required to pay any sort of fees.

Q:How will the nominees be selected?

A:You can submit your nomination process via the form on our official website. You may select one title per award category. You wll be able to vote once per day.
The Indie Live Expo Board will analyze users' votes and exclude titles that do not fit the Charter and/or the definition of each category. A panel of judges will then select the respective nominees.

Q:How will the panel of judges be appointed?

A:The Indie Live Expo Board will select judges who are considered experts in indie games. For this first edition, the judges will mainly be selected from our media partners from all around the world.

Q:How will the winners of each category be selected?

A:After nominees have been announced, user voting for each category will begin. Winners in each respective category will be decided by the number of votes received from both users and the panel of judges. Further details will be announced at a later date.

INDIE Live Expo Awards

These awards were conceived specifically for the sake of indie games.
We believe that what makes indie games attractive is more than the pursuit of excellence in graphics or sound design, or the amount of content offered (although some games really do excel in such categories).
These Indie Live Expo Awards were conceived to be given to those games that have that special "something" - that mysterious bit of greatness that can only be found in indie games.
We can't claim to be able to sift through the multitude of indie games to find the best titles on our own. This is why we need YOU, the gamers, to lend us a hand. Which titles would YOU select as the cream of the crop of indie games?

Local Cultural Representation Award

With this award, we would like to reward a game that deeply expresses a creator's ties to their own local culture. Because indie games are made by a small number of people, we feel they make the ideal medium for creators to display their deep attachments to their origins. This allows games to convey the appeal and history inherent in their creators' culture to the world to be better understood - much like traditional artforms have done fthroughout the ages. We believe that games that manage to transcend borders in this way are worthy of recognition.
Are there any games that succeed at portraying the culture of your homeland? Please tell us about them!

Best "Game Feel" Award

Have you ever played a game for mere seconds and thought, "it just feels so right"? If you are a gamer, you most likely have. Such games are usually the result of the game creator's craftsmanship and refusal to compromise on game feel quality. Greatness is in the details. We feel that such performance is a great illustration of "Creativity Unbound".
Please tell us about your treasured games that feel so good to play!

Theme of the Year Award

In hindsight, each era has certain "themes" by which they come to be defined. We imagined the Indie Live Expo as an act of resistance to overcome the "division" brought upon us by Covid-19. Because indie games can be developed swiftly, we feel they are one of the best suited media on which to reflect the themes of an era.
The theme of our era is not for us to decide; it will eventually be determined naturally. What do you think would be the games that best encompass this theme of our times?

Best Characters Award

The characters that enjoy the greatest success worldwide often tend to come from the minds of solo indie creators. With only a bit of text and images, such characters can feel as though they are truly alive. Think of characters such as Sans (Undertale) or Reimu (Touhou Project), for instance.
What games do you know whose characters could become us gamers' best "friends" (or even lovers!)? Please let us know who you would choose!

Most Stream-friendly Game Award

During the past decade, playing over the internet and watching people play games on livestreams have become major trends. As people who consider the sharing of friendship to be a major theme, we simply could not overlook such an important topic. For this award, we would like to consider games which truly shine online, from competitive or cooperative games you can play with your friends, to games that trigger great emotion and laughs when streamed.
Do you know of any games that are particularly fun when played or viewed through the prism of the internet? Please tell us about them!

Rules of Play Award

Designing rules is not the only point or aspect of game design. However, the fact is that the creation and evolution of rules is something that is widely desired.
Think of games whose AI responds so magically it like it was controlled by an actual human player, or games whose rules were just totally mind-bending.
Such games can be entirely engineered by one brilliant mind; their existence itself is an illustration of the "Creativity Unbound" spirit.
What were the recent games whose rules made you feel completely outwitted? Please tell us about them!

Indie Live Expo Awards Grand Prize

One game will be selected from among the nominees across all categories to recieve the Grand Prize. Just what sort of game could be suitable for such prize? We do not yet have the answer. The specific features for which creators are awarded in each category are but single facets of what we consider to be the beauty of indie games.
The one thing that we can say for now is that the most suitable game for this prize would be one that seeks to foster the kind of friendship that can help us to overcome division, and - more than anything - serrves as a prime example of the "Creativity Unbound" spirit.
The future is uncertain. But simply imagining gamers from all over the world joining together to choose the one game they believe truly deserves our love fills us with so much excitement! After the nominees have been selected, join in the discussion to determine which game is worthy of this Grand Prize!


The Indie Live Expo Awards Charter

Our goal is to find games worth sharing.
This is the very root from which the idea to present these awards has grown.

These awards shall be given to games that are true to the indie tradition,
true to what makes indie games so special.

We have no interest in establishing a clear definition of what an "indie game" is.
We all know that what counts most is not the form of the thing, but the spirit behind it.

This indie spirit is the force that enables what creators strive to express to reach players' hearts.
We like to call it "Creativity Unbound".

Playing games, we can feel the spirit imparted by their creators.
We wish to share the games brimming with this spirit, and experience them together.
With hopes of passing this indie spirt on to gamers everywhere,
we proudly present to you the Indie Live Expo Awards.