Activision has announced the winners of their 2012 Independent Games Competition: Iron Dragon and Planet Smashers.
Iron Dragon, described as an "action flight adventure" for touchscreen devices by creator Christopher Hui, scooped up the first prize of $175,000.
Planet Smashers, a multiplayer action game built in a bespoke engine by Michael Stanton, received the second prize of $75,000.
Both titles were appraised by judges from IndieCade, and the developers will retain full rights to their IP. However, as part of the deal, Activision has the right of first refusal to act as publisher within a 30 day grace period - pending approval from both parties.
"We were excited with the quality, creativity and diversity we saw in the submissions we received for the Games Competition. While the games themselves varied, the unifying theme for everyone involved in the competition has been passion,” said Dan Winters, Vice President of External Development. “We want to thank the talented developers who submitted their work and our partners at IndieCade. The energy and enthusiasm of the indie community continues to inspire us and we’re thrilled to help make their dreams become reality.”
It's always gratifying to see major publishers increasingly dipping their toes into the indie scene, which is fast supplanting the AA market in terms of sales, profitability and public interest. Naturally we'll be following these two titles as they progress towards release.