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Event Location Region Deadline Event date Fee Platforms
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DreamHack Indie Playground Austin, USA Worldwide 20 April 1 – 3 June Free All platforms
DreamHack Art Gallery Austin, USA Worldwide 20 April 1 – 3 June Free All platforms
DreamHack Student Game Showcase Austin, USA Worldwide 20 April 1 – 3 June Free All platforms
DreamHack Game Pitch Championship Austin, USA Worldwide 20 April 1 – 3 June Free All platforms
SAAM Arcade Washington, D.C., USA Worldwide 16 April 22 July Free All platforms
DevGAMM Awards & Showcase Moscow, Russia Worldwide 15 April 17 – 18 May Ticket required to submit, starting at 159 USD All platforms
Indie Arena Booth @ gamescom Cologne, Germany Worldwide 15 April 21 – 26 August Booth fee starting at 1600 EUR All platforms
BIG Festival Awards São Paulo, Brazil Worldwide 13 April 26 – 29 June Free All platforms
Game Devs of Color Expo (Speaker Application) New York City, USA Worldwide 4 April 14 July Free All platforms
2D Con Indie Island Minneapolis, USA Worldwide 1 April 3 – 5 August Free to submit, 75 USD exhibition fee All platforms
Casual Connect Europe Indie Prize London, UK Worldwide 31 March 29 – 31 May Free All platforms
Indie Garden @ Hero Festival Grenoble, France Worldwide 30 March 5 – 6 May Exhibition fee starting at 100 EUR All platforms
Nordic Game Discovery Contest Copenhagen, Denmark Worldwide 30 March 16 April Free All platforms
Freeplay Award Melbourne, Australia Australia & New Zealand 30 March 27 May Free All platforms
ReVersed Vienna, Austria Worldwide 15 March 6 – 8 July Free All platforms
Momocon Indie Game Award Atlanta, USA Worldwide 15 March 24 – 27 May 50 USD submission fee, 550 USD booth fee All platforms
Yonderplay @ Nordic Game Conference Malmö, Sweden Nordics 12 March 25 May Free All platforms
Anifilm GameDay Trebon, Czechia Czechia 28 February 5 – 6 May Free All
Indie Showdown (Extended) San Francisco, USA Worldwide 28 February 19 March Free iOS & Android
Game Happens (Extended) Genova, Italy Worldwide 28 February 25 – 26 May Free All platforms
The MIX @ GDC San Francisco, USA Worldwide 16 February 19 March 25 USD to submit, 300 USD to exhibit All platforms
One Take Film Festival VR Garden Rochester, USA US 15 February 19 – 22 April Free AR/VR
A MAZE. Awards Berlin, Germany Worldwide 4 February 25 – 29 April 55 EUR All platforms
Animated Games Award Germany Stuttgart, Germany Germany 2 February 25 April Free All platforms
Games Finance Market London, UK Worldwide 2 February 10 – 12 April Free to submit, 350 GBP attendance fee All platforms
Spilprisen Copenhagen, Denmark Denmark 31 January 17 April Free All platforms
Day of the Devs @ GDC San Francisco, USA Worldwide 31 January 19 – 23 March Free All platforms
BitSummit (Extended) Kyoto, Japan Worldwide 29 January 12 – 13 May Free All platforms
Game Connection Development Awards San Francisco, USA Worldwide 19 January 19 – 21 March Free All platforms
EGX Rezzed: Leftfield Collection London, UK Worldwide 19 January 13 – 15 April Free All platforms
Deutscher Computerspielpreis Munich, Germany Worldwide 19 January 10 April Free Germany
European Game Showcase @ GDC San Francisco, USA Europe 18 January 20 March Free to submit, 75 EUR exhibition fee All platforms
Now Play This: Open Call London, UK Worldwide 12 January 6 – 8 April Free All platforms
DevGAMM Showcase & Game Lynch Kyiv, Ukraine Worldwide 12 January 1 – 2 February Ticket required to submit, starting at 59 USD All platforms
Dutch Courage @ GDC San Francisco Worldwide 11 January 18 March 75 EUR (plus tax and sales fee) All Platforms
Indie Arcade Madison, USA US 8 January 15 February Free All platforms
Unity 3D Game Art Challenge San Francisco, USA Worldwide 31 December 19 – 23 March Free All platforms
IMGA Global San Francisco, USA Worldwide 31 December 20 March Free Mobile games
Experimental Gameplay Workshop @ GDC San Francisco, USA Worldwide 31 December 18 March Free All platforms
Google Play Indie Games Contest London, UK Europe 31 December 13 February Free Android
Tech Toolbox @ GDC San Francisco, USA Worldwide 22 December 19 – 20 March Free Developer tools
Norwegian international Seagull Shortfilm Festival Haugesund, Norway Worldwide 15 December 16 – 18 February 15 EUR All platforms
Indie Garden Assembly: Call for Speakers Valenciennes, France Worldwide 15 December 8 – 9 February Free All platforms
SXSW Gaming Awards Austin, USA Worldwide 8 December 15 – 17 March 50 USD All platforms
SXSW Gamer's Voice Awards Austin, USA Worldwide 8 December 15 – 17 March 25 USD All platforms
BAFTA London, UK Worldwide 8 December 12 April 175 GBP All platforms
Alt.Ctrl.GDC San Francisco, USA Worldwide 1 December 21 – 23 March Free Alternative controllers
Indie Garden Assembly: Call for Games Valenciennes, France Worldwide 26 November 8 – 9 February Free to submit, 350 EUR exhibition fee All platforms
Quo Vadis – Call for Papers Berlin, Germany Worldwide 24 November 24 – 25 April Free All platforms
Indie MEGABOOTH @ PAX East Boston, USA Worldwide 17 November 5 – 8 April 50 USD All platforms
Indie MEGABOOTH @ GDC San Francisco, USA Worldwide 17 November 19 – 23 March 50 USD All platforms
Casual Connect USA Indie Prize Anaheim, USA Worldwide 15 November 16 – 18 January Free All platforms
GamesAreForEveryone Edinburgh, UK Worldwide 13 November 30 November Free All platforms
PAX South Tabletop Indie Showcase San Antonio, USA Worldwide 8 November 12 – 14 January 50 USD Tabletop games
GDC Esports Day Call for Submissions San Francisco, USA Worldwide 3 November 19 – 20 March Free All platforms
GDC Tools Tutorial Call for Submissions San Francisco, USA Worldwide 3 November 19 – 23 March Free All platforms
GDC Level Designer Workshop Speaker Submission San Francisco, USA Worldwide 3 November 19 – 23 March Free All platforms
Montreal Expo Gaming Arcade Montreal, Canada Worldwide 1 November 17 – 19 November Free to submit, exhibition fee starting at 100 CAD All platforms
PAX South Panel Submission San Antonio, USA Worldwide 31 October 12 – 14 January Free All platforms
Indie Game Festa & Indie House @ Taipei Game Show Taipei, Taiwan Worldwide 20 October 25 – 29 January Free All platforms
Game Anglia Indie Showcase Ipswich, UK UK 15 October 18 November Free All platforms
DevGAMM Awards & Showcase Minsk, Belarus Worldwide 13 October 16 – 17 November Ticket required to submit, starting at 139 USD All platforms
GCAP Student Showcase Submissions Melbourne, Australia Australia 7 October 24 – 25 October Free All platforms
IGF San Francisco, USA Worldwide 2 October 21 – 23 March 75 USD (25 USD for students) All platforms
Day of the Devs San Francisco, USA Worldwide 1 October 11 November Free All platforms
Ludicious Zürich, Switzerland Worldwide 1 October 18 – 21 January Free All platforms
GDC Summits – Call for Submissions San Francisco, USA Worldwide 29 September 19 – 20 March Free All platforms
Deutscher Entwicklerpreis Cologne, Germany Germany, Austria, Switzerland 15 September 6 December 50 EUR per category All platforms
AzPlay Bilbao, Spain Worldwide 14 September 29 November – 3 December Free All platforms
Indie Garden @ Paris Games Week Paris, France Worldwide 10 September 1 – 5 November Booth starting at 990 EUR All platforms
A MAZE. / Johannesburg Open Screens Johannesburg, South Africa Worldwide 8 September 13 September Free to submit, ticket required to exhibit All platforms
ESGS Indie Arena Manila, Philippines Worldwide 31 August 27 – 29 October Free All platforms
GCAP International Speaker Program Melbourne, Australia Worldwide 31 August 24 – 25 October Free All platforms
Game on! El arte en juego Buenos Aires, Argentina Worldwide 30 August Free Art Games / Serious Games
GaymerX East Call for Submissions New York City, USA Worldwide 30 August 4 – 5 November Free All platforms
Casual Connect Kyiv Indie Prize Kyiv, Ukraine Worldwide 30 August Free All platforms
PAX Unplugged Panel Submissions Philadelphia, USA Worldwide 25 August Free Tabletop games
Women in Games Mobile Awards London, UK Europe 24 August 6 September Free Mobile
Get IT! Indie Prize Odessa, Ukraine Worldwide 23 August 2 September Free All platforms
IMGA Middle East North Africa Amman, Jordan Middle East North Africa 22 August 11 November Free Mobile
NexonComputerMuseum VR/AR/MR Open Call Jeju, South Korea Worldwide 20 August Free VR/AR/MR
GDC Call for Submissions San Francisco, USA Worldwide 17 August 19 – 23 March Free All platforms
The MIX @ PAX West Week (Extended) Seattle, USA Worldwide 14 August 1 September 30 USD to submit, 300 USD exhibition fee All platforms
Fantastic Arcade Austin, USA Worldwide 13 August Free All platforms
TIGA Games Industry Awards London, UK Worldwide 11 August 2 November Free All platforms
Google Play Indie Games Festival San Francisco, USA United States and Canada 6 August 23 September Free Google Play
Gamescom Award Cologne, Germany Worldwide 4 August 21 – 25 August Starting at 300 EUR (free for Indie category) All platforms
Full Indie Summit – Call for Speakers Vancouver, Canada Worldwide 31 July 21 October Free All platforms
EGX 2017: Leftfield Collection Submissions Birmingham, UK Worldwide 28 July 21 – 24 September Free All platforms
Game Connect Asia Pacific – Call for Submissions Melbourne, Australia Worldwide 26 July 24 – 25 October Free All platforms
Game Connection Europe Paris, France Worldwide 21 July 1 – 3 November Free All platforms
Frameless Labs Festival Rochester, USA Worldwide 20 July 12 – 14 September Free VR/AR
Indie Game Expo RESPAWN @ devcom Cologne, Germany Worldwide 18 July 20 – 21 August Free to submit, 99 EUR exhibition fee All platforms
PLAY17 – Creative Gaming Festival Hamburg, Germany Europe 15 July Free All platforms
Game Design Awards Dundee, UK Worldwide 14 July 7 September Free All platforms
A MAZE. / Johannesburg – Talk/Panel/Workshop Submission Johannesburg, South Africa Worldwide 7 July 13 – 16 September Free All platforms
A MAZE. / Johannesburg – Game/Playful Installation Submission Johannesburg, South Africa Worldwide 7 July 13 – 16 September Free All platforms
Future of StoryTelling New York, USA Worldwide 7 July 30 USD All platforms
TwitchCon 2017 Session Submissions Long Beach, USA Worldwide 4 July Free All platforms
IndieCade Festival (Late submissions – extended) Los Angeles, USA Worldwide 30 June 140 USD All platforms
PAX Dev Panel Submissions Seattle, USA Worldwide 30 June Free All platforms
PAX West Panel Submissions Seattle, USA Worldwide 30 June Free All platforms
The MIX @ EVO Las Vegas, USA Worldwide 20 June 14 – 16 July Free All platforms
Busan Indie Connect Busan, Korea Worldwide 13 June Free All platforms
Sense of Wonder Night Tokyo, Japan Worldwide 9 June Free All platforms
Cinekid Festival Digital Culture Programme Amsterdam, The Netherlands Worldwide 1 June Free Games for young audiences
ReVersed Festival Vienna, Austria Worldwide 31 May Free All platforms
Casual Connect USA Indie Prize Seattle, USA Worldwide 31 May Free All platforms
Out Of Index 2017 Seoul, South Korea Worldwide 31 May Free All digital platforms
PixelPop Festival St. Louis, MO, USA Worldwide 26 May Free to submit, 50–100 USD to exhibit Digital, Tabletop, Experimental
PixelPop Festival Panel Submissions St. Louis, MO, USA Worldwide 26 May Free All Platforms
Develop:Brighton Indie Showcase Brighton, UK Worldwide 19 May Free All platforms
ReVersed Festival Vienna, Austria Worldwide 15 May Free All platforms
The MIX @ E3 Week (Extended) Los Angeles, USA Worldwide 15 May 30 USD to submit, 300 USD to exhibit All platforms
PAX 10 Seattle, USA Worldwide 15 May 50 USD All platforms
INDIGO 2017 Utrecht, the Netherlands Worldwide 12 May Free to submit, 45 EUR to exhibit All platforms
devcom 2017 Call for Proposals Cologne, Germany Worldwide 12 May Free All platforms
Intel Level Up Game Developer Contest Online Worldwide 9 May Free PC
IndieCade Festival (Extended) Los Angeles, USA Worldwide 7 May 95 USD All platforms
Indie MEGABOOTH @ PAX West Seattle, USA Worldwide 5 May 40 USD to submit, booth starts at 1500 USD All platforms
Indie Arena @ gamescom Cologne, Germany Worldwide 1 May Free to submit, 1500 – 3500 EUR booth fee All platforms
BIG Festival (Extended) São Paulo, Brazil Worldwide 28 April Free All platforms
DevGAMM Awards & Showcase Moscow, Russia Worldwide 24 April Ticket required to submit, starting at 139 USD All platforms
Indie Games Room Adelaide, Australia Australia and New Zealand 21 April Free All Platforms
VRDC Fall 2017 Call for Submissions San Francisco, USA Worldwide 21 April Free VR
Indie Showcase @ Digital Dragons Kraków, Poland Worldwide 16 April Free to submit, tickets starting at 195 EUR All platforms
Boston Festival of Indie Games – Tabletop Showcase Boston, USA Worldwide 15 April 36.87 USD Tabletop games
SAAM Arcade Washington, DC, USA Worldwide 15 April Free All platforms
Boston Festival of Indie Games – Digital Showcase Boston, USA Worldwide 15 April 62.49 USD All platforms
A MAZE. Blender Berlin, Germany Worldwide 13 April Free All platforms
Terminus Conference + Festival Atlanta, USA Worldwide 7 April Free All platforms
Nordic Sensation Award Malmö, Sweden Nordic region 3 April Free All platforms
Playdate at LA Zine Fest Los Angeles, USA Worldwide 2 April Free to submit, 50 USD to exhibit All platforms

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