Winners Announced for Casual Connect USA’s Indie Prize Showcase

  For Immediate Release Winners Announced for Casual Connect USA’s Indie Prize Showcase 13 Indie Prize winners were chosen from over 100 independent finalists SAN FRANCISO – July 24, 2014 – The Casual Games Association, the host of Casual Connect USA, declared 13 winners of the Indie Prize Showcase during a special awards ceremony. Indie Prize Winners: BEST GAME ART - Fearless Fantasy by Enter Skies, USA BEST GAME AUDIO - Big Action Mega Fight! by Double Stallion, Canada BEST STORY - Whispering Willows by Night Light Interactive, USA MOST INNOVATIVE GAME - Pig Eat Ball by Mommy's Best Games, USA MOST PROMISING GAME IN DEVELOPMENT - Apsis by A Stranger Gravity, USA BEST DESKTOP GAME - Extrasolar by Lazy 8 Studios, USA BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME - Jump Tanks by Mechanical Butterfly Studios, USA BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY GAME - Slice Fractions by Ululab, Canada BEST FREE-TO-PLAY GAME - Simply Twisted by Endless Wave Software, USA BEST MOBILE GAME - Mr. Runner 2: The Masks by Zing Games, USA MOST PROMINENT FEMALE DEVELOPER - Meri Rosich, Quality Time Lab, Singapore BEST GAME IN SHOW: AUDIENCE CHOICE - Dark Deception by Glowstick Games, USA BEST GAME IN SHOW: CRITICS’ CHOICE - The Phantom P.I.: Mission Apparition by Rocket 5 Studios, Canada   “With game development teams coming from 20 countries, the Indie Prize showcase is turning into a hotbed of innovation, allowing up-and-coming developers to make new industry connections as well as showcase their games to the major industry players,” says Yulia Vakhrusheva, Director of Indie Prize. The games were judged by Nick Berry, Facebook, James Portnow, Extra Credits, Braden Moulton, 5th Planet Games, Tom Sperry, Exit Games, Andrew Podolsky, VGMarket.com, Aaron Walz, Walz Music, Dan Jorquera, Mindgrub, Gary Yentin, App Promo, Simon Newstead, Frenzoo, and a number of selected journalists. This showcase was sponsoredby Facebook, Everyplay, Unity and SKYmobi. Award prizes were donated by Unity, App Promo, Photon Realtime, deltaDNA, 5th Planet Games, Intel, polljoy, Splitforce, Plantronics, Marmalade and Everyplay. The Indie Prize Scholarship provides the opportunity for qualified indie development teams to showcase their games at Casual Connect, a conference for professional developers and publishers in the video game industry. For information about the Indie Prize Showcase, please visit: http://www.indieprize.org About Indie Prize Indie Prize is a scholarship program for up and coming indie development teams who show promise to be future leaders in the games industry. The Indie Prize Scholarships offer participants an opportunity to learn and network with other indie game developers and showcase their games, skillsets, and ideas to publishers and potential partners.   -More-   About Casual Connect Launched in 2005, Casual Connect is hosted by the Casual Games Association, bringing together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the casual gaming field to further the industry with the best learning and networking opportunities for casual games professionals. In addition to Casual Connect USA, the CGA will host Casual Connect Eastern Europe, Serbia in November 2014, Casual Connect Europe, Amsterdam in February 2015, and Casual Connect Asia in Spring 2015. For more information, visit http://casualconnect.org/. About the Casual Games Association The Casual Games Association is an international trade organization dedicated to promoting casual games and providing educational resources for the game development community. The association hosts annual conferences in USA, Eastern Europe, Europe and Asia; publishes a trade magazine; and issues research reports on the casual games industry. For more information about the association, visit http://www.casualgamesassociation.org. # # # Press Contact: Clelia Rivera clelia@casualconnect.org