Technological innovation is nothing new to the Danish people. It’s where they actually excel and reap awards from the different parts of the world. And the success stories continue to be told without showing signs of getting to an end.
Just recently, two young game developers from Denmark carved a niche in the computer gaming world. Denmark grabbed three of the top eight awards in the 3rd Annual Independent Games Festival held in the United States. During the international games competition that took place from March 9-13 in San Francisco, some 301 indie games vied for the top awards. Two Danish games – LIMBO and Max & The Magic Marker – caught the attention of the panel of judges comprised of some 150 people.
LIMBO earned the Technical Excellence and Excellence in Visual Art awards plus $5,000. The game was developed by Playdead. On the other hand, the Max & The Magic Marker got the Direct 2 Drive (D2D) Vision Award plus $10,000 for the team. This is a puzzle-drawing game developed by Press Play.
The top award and cash prize of $20,000 known as the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game went to Monaco developed by Pocketwatch Games. It also garnered the Excellence in Design award.
Other categories included in the competition are Excellence in Audio and Nuovo Award. In the top award, five teams competed against each other.
The Independent Games Festival was established by the Think Services Game Group in 1998 to encourage the development of innovative games and recognize the most creative and independent game developers. The group behind this event is the same one that produces the Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com and the Game Developers Conference. Other than the main IGF competition, the group has also come up with the IGF Mobile contest to encourage developers to invent games for mobile and handheld devices.