Deadlines for events

All upcoming (and past) deadlines for showcase sessions, awards, expo, festival, competition, networking and other events targeted towards indies, studios & individuals. Some of the listed entries are part of a bigger events, conferences or summits and they require valid registration (conference / event pass). 

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  DEADLINEEVENTSUBMISSION FEEEVENT DATESTATUSTYPEREGIONLOCATIONWEBSITEDESCRIPTIONSTATUSTYPE
29 JanBig Indie Pitch (PC + Console) @ PG Digital #5Conference Pass9 FebCLOSEDPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://www.bigindiepitch.com/event/the-big-indie-pitch-pcconsole-edition-at-pocket-gamer-connects-digital-5/Approximately 15 teams will run the gauntlet, giving their all in quickfire 5-minute pitches to demonstrate that their title is worth of the Big Indie Pitch crown and coverage in the games media.CLOSEDPitching
29 JanBig Indie Pitch (Mobile) @ PG Digital #5Conference Pass10 FebCLOSEDPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://www.bigindiepitch.com/event/the-big-indie-pitch-mobile-edition-at-pocket-gamer-connects-digital-5/Approximately 15 teams will run the gauntlet, giving their all in quickfire 5-minute pitches to demonstrate that their title is worth of the Big Indie Pitch crown and coverage in the games media.CLOSEDPitching
1 FebIGF (Independent Games Festival)$25 – $7521 – 23 JulCLOSEDAwards ShowcaseNorth AmericaOnlinehttps://igf.com/submit-your-gameThe Independent Games Festival was established in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers.CLOSEDAwards
1 FebPG Connects: Investor ConnectorConference Pass8 – 12 FebCLOSEDNetworkingEuropeOnlinehttps://www.pgconnects.com/digital/investor-connector/To be able to participate you have to register for Pocket Gamer Digital #5 and have valid conference pass.CLOSEDNetworking
5 FebGameDev Direct$3013 – 14 MarCLOSEDShowcaseNorth AmericaOnlinehttps://www.mediaindieexchange.com/event/game-dev-direct/The Game Dev Direct is a MIX event that is focused on new announcements, game footage, special guests, and more! Additional fee $500 if selected. CLOSEDShowcase
5 FebLudoNarraConFree23 – 26 AprCLOSEDSteam ShowcaseAustraliaOnlinehttps://www.ludonarracon.com/LudoNarraCon is a global, digital convention hosted on Steam that celebrates narrative video games, the talented people who make them, and the fans who love them. CLOSEDSteam Showcase
8 FebWN Dev Contest for Unreal DevelopersFree23 AprCLOSEDAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://wndevcontest.wnhub.io/It’s your chance to get your game noticed by industry experts, publishers and investors. Submit your game now to get recognized and win prizes that will help you grow your business! Only for EU devsCLOSEDCompetition
8 FebBig FestivalFree5 – 9 MayCLOSEDShowcaseSouth AmericaOnlinehttps://www.bigfestival.com.br/take-part.htmlBIG Festival (Brazil’s Independent Games Festival) happens since 2012 and is the most important independent games festival and business forum in Latin America.CLOSEDShowcase
9 FebSerious Play Games Awards$250+23 – 25 JulCLOSEDAwardsNorth AmericaOnlinehttps://seriousplayconf.com/international-serious-play-award-programs/International Serious Play Awards honor outstanding commercial and student titles used for education or training. We have three separate award programs: Digital Learning Games, Digital Games Created by Students & Learning Tabletop/Board Games. CLOSEDAwards
12 FebGames For ChangeFree12 – 14 JulCLOSEDAwardsNorth AmericaOnlinehttps://g4cawards.secure-platform.com/aThe annual Games for Change (G4C) Awards celebrates the year’s best games and XR experiences for social impact and learning. All awards are competitive, and submissions are reviewed through a rigorous evaluation process by expert jurors.CLOSEDAwards
12 FebGames Capital SummitFree24 FebCLOSEDPitching InvestmentEuropeOnlinehttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRZmoA3cxaUE2Gvc-h2zkThfwiuJ2LT0cIwLN03bdUqYdsnA/viewformEntrepreneurs seeking funding for their company based on an opportunity in the game sector (i.e. game, tech, service, platform, etc.) are welcome to apply.CLOSEDInvestment
17 FebNYX Awards$18010 MayCLOSEDAwardsNorth AmericaOnlinehttps://nyxgameawards.com/The NYX Game of the Year (GotY) is an annual award given to the best game submitted to the NYX Game Awards. This game represents the best gameplay, visuals, plot lines and everything else altogether.CLOSEDAwards
19 FebGames Finance Market£12522 – 25 MarCLOSEDInvestmentEuropeOnlinehttps://gfm.games.london/The 6th edition will be delivered entirely online, yet the core objectives remain; to connect games and interactive entertainment businesses with investors, publishers, media financiers, and new sources of funding during the London Games Festival.CLOSEDFunding & Investment
26 FebIndie Publishing AwardsFree14 – 16 AprCLOSEDAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-02-03-how-to-win-an-indie-publishing-awardThe awards will cover investment, crowd-funding, PR and marketing, publishing generally, community management and storefronts, and we will also reveal the best unsigned game from the GI Live: Online showcase.CLOSEDAwards
3 MarIndie CupFree6 AprCLOSEDAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://indiecup.net/en/This season we will be awarding projects in nine different categories, including a brand new Rising Star nomination that will recognize best submissions created by small teams which are yet to find a business partner.CLOSEDAwards
5 MarDigital Big Indie Pitch (Mobile) #6Free17 MarCLOSEDPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://www.bigindiepitch.com/event/the-digital-big-indie-pitch-mobile-edition-6/It offers shortlisted developers (15) a chance to impress some of the best experts the industry has to offer (including journalists publishers, investors, and notable indies), answer questions and gather expert insight on their game.CLOSEDPitching
15 MarUnfold Games AwardsFree20 MayCLOSEDAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://unfoldgamesawards.com/index.phpWin prizes and get your game in front of investors, publishers, media outlets, and influencers.CLOSEDAwards
21 MarGlobal Games Pitch – PC & Console$9 – $796 – 7 AprCLOSEDPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://gdbay.com/global-games-pitch/Pitch your PC / console game online to 50+ publishers and investors!CLOSEDPitching
22 MarGame Trailer ChallengeFree21 Jan – 22 MarCLOSEDAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://game-trailer-challenge.gic.gd/Join our challenge and create a trailer for your game. Teams of all levels of experience are welcome. Each team will receive feedback from our experts.CLOSEDCompetition
9 AprBig Indie Pitch (Mobile) @ PG Digital #6Conference Pass21 AprCLOSEDPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://www.bigindiepitch.com/event/the-big-indie-pitch-mobile-edition-at-pocket-gamer-connects-digital-6/Approximately 15 teams will run the gauntlet, giving their all in quickfire 5-minute pitches to demonstrate that their title is worth of the Big Indie Pitch crown and coverage in the games media.CLOSEDPitching
9 AprBig Indie Pitch (PC + Console) @ PG Digital #6Conference Pass20 AprCLOSEDPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://www.bigindiepitch.com/event/the-big-indie-pitch-pcconsole-edition-at-pocket-gamer-connects-digital-6/Approximately 15 teams will run the gauntlet, giving their all in quickfire 5-minute pitches to demonstrate that their title is worth of the Big Indie Pitch crown and coverage in the games media.CLOSEDPitching
9 AprIndie Celebration by Digital DragonsFree13 – 14 MayCLOSEDSteam ShowcaseEuropeOnlinehttps://digitaldragons.pl/indie-celebration/Indie Showcase presents independent developers with a unique opportunity to present their games to a selected audience of industry peers, veterans, and experts, and to win a prestigious awards. CLOSEDSteam Showcase
9 AprDay of the Devs (Summer Game Fest Edition)FreeJuneCLOSEDSteam ShowcaseNorth AmericaOnlinehttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnca4PKp8US7dRqm7Sg4ciOywug7C0keBcGh4E8SG4YZuTPA/viewformAre you working on a cool new video game that will be ready to highlight at Day of the Devs: Summer Game Fest 2021? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We will be hosting another Day of the Devs event during Summer Games Fest in June, 2021.CLOSEDSteam Showcase
14 AprSteam Next FestFree16 – 22 JunCLOSEDSteam ShowcaseNorth AmericaOnlinehttps://partner.steamgames.com/doc/marketing/steamgamefestival/2021summerThe Steam Game Festival is a multi-day celebration where fans can try out demos, chat with developers, watch live streams, and learn about upcoming games on Steam. CLOSEDSteam Showcase
15 AprDevGAMM Awards$6912 – 14 MayCLOSEDAwards Pitching ShowcaseCISOnlinehttp://bit.ly/37FbWB9Prestigious game competition within DevGAMM conference. All judges are the gaming industry professionals. The event is held twice a year. The prize fund is $20,000 and will be distributed among the winners of all categories.CLOSEDAwards
15 AprGame Devs of Color ExpoFree23 – 26 SepCLOSEDShowcaseNorth AmericaOnlinehttps://gamedevsofcolorexpo.comWe’d love to feature your game! It’s free to submit and showcase, and you’ll have a bunch of eyes on your game.CLOSEDShowcase
19 AprINDIE Expo LiveFree5 JunCLOSEDShowcaseAsiaTwitchhttps://indie.live-expo.games/news/en/856/If you have a game that that has already been announced or in the market but want to show it in the program, you are welcome to do so. CLOSEDShowcase
20 AprIndieway AprilFree29 – 30 AprCLOSEDShowcaseEuropeOnlinehttps://www.indieway.biz/events/indieway-aprilINDIEWAY Digital Expo is a digital showcase where you can present your games to gaming professionals. Up to 30 indie games from the applications will be presented in the digital expo.CLOSEDShowcase
23 AprGuerrilla Collective$500 when selectedJune TBACLOSEDShowcaseNorth AmericaOnlinehttps://www.guerrillacollective.com/Guerrilla Collective is a digital games festival to reveal fresh announcements, trailers, gameplay, and more, bringing together some of the hottest developers and publishers around the world!CLOSEDShowcase
25 AprFreeplayFree8 – 13 JunCLOSEDAwardsAustraliaOnline + Melbournehttps://www.freeplay.net.au/awards/Freeplay is the world’s longest-running independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia. The awards are suited to all Australian independent game developers, students, and artists.CLOSEDAwards
27 AprSweden Game Pitch149,95€27 AprCLOSEDPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sweden-game-pitch-2021-tickets-142518315117Sweden Game Arena invites Swedish startups to this spring’s digital game pitch event, Sweden Game Pitch. Meet a huge amount of investors and publishers within the games industry on April 27 through MeetToMatch. Take this chance to pitch your game!CLOSEDPitching
30 AprA MAZE. Awards 202150€21 – 24 JulCLOSEDAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://2021.amaze-berlin.de/A MAZE./ is looking for works pushing the medium – fully finished works, demos, experiments or prototypes are welcomed! CLOSEDAwards
30 AprIndieCade$75+22 – 24 OctCLOSEDShowcaseNorth AmericaTwitchhttps://www.indiecade.com/submissions/This three day online event is built from the ground up specifically to highlight and feature games of all types, along with their creators, from around the world.CLOSEDShowcase
30 AprINDIGO 2021 DISCOVER Showcase39€ (+Tax)25 JunCLOSEDShowcaseEuropeUtrecht, Netherlandshttps://indigoshowcase.nl/INDIGO 2021 is hosted on June 25th in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We accept games build in or by developers in the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxemburg.CLOSEDShowcase
5 MayVR NOW Awards 202150€22 JunCLOSEDAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://www.vrnowcon.io/The VR NOW Awards are the first EU awards dedicated to experiences in XR, i.e. in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and Cinematic VR. An independent expert jury honors great achievements in four categories.CLOSEDAwards
7 MayDigital Big Indie Pitch (Mobile) #7Free19 MayCLOSEDPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://www.bigindiepitch.com/event/the-digital-big-indie-pitch-mobile-edition-7/It offers shortlisted developers (15) a chance to impress some of the best experts the industry has to offer (including journalists publishers, investors, and notable indies), answer questions and gather expert insight on their game.CLOSEDPitching
16 MayIndieway MayFree20 – 21 MayOPENShowcaseEuropeOnlinehttps://www.indieway.biz/events/indieway-may-1INDIEWAY Digital Expo is a digital showcase where you can present your games to gaming professionals. Up to 30 indie games from the applications will be presented in the digital expo.OPENShowcase
21 MayWeGame Awards 6.2Free12 – 13 JunOPENAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://wegame.com.ua/en/awardsregistrationWEGAME Awards participants will be able to exchange experience of development, have a lot of fun, get feedback from attendees and recognition from the entire gaming community.OPENAwards
27 MayIndie Arena Booth EXTENDED1.000 – 2.000€25 – 29 AugOPENShowcaseEuropeOnlinehttps://indiearenabooth.de/applyIndie Arena Booth (indie partner at gamescom) will be fully digital this year, we love our international line up and we know that some of you won’t be able to attend a physical trade show, so we’re focusing on a completely online experience.OPENShowcase
28 MayBitSummit THE 8th BIT2.500 JPY2 – 3 SepOPENShowcaseAsiaKyoto, Japanhttps://submit.bitsummit.org/BitSummit is an annual festival based in Kyoto, celebrating independent game developers and development in Japan.OPENShowcase
30 MayGame Connection X ChinaJoy 2021Free30 Jul – 1 AugOPENAwards ShowcaseAsiaShanghai, Chinahttps://www.game-connection.com/submit-your-projects-game-connection-x-chinajoy-2/Global Game Development Awards at ChinaJoy 2021 – nominees will be invited to attend ChinaJoy 2021, set to take place in Shanghai from July 30th to August 1st. They will benefit from their own pod to showcase their project and one complimentary pass.OPENAwards, Showcase
1 JunThe #PitchYaGame AwardsFree1 JunOPENPitchingEuropeTwitterhttps://pitchyagame.comPitch your games live on Twitter. The #PitchYaGame Awards is about Recognising Independent Games from all corners of the world.OPENPitching
2 JunBIG Festival (Busan Indie Connect)Free9 – 11 SepOPENShowcaseAsiaBusan, South Koreahttps://www.bicfest.org/The Busan Indie Connect Festival (BICFest) is a locally curated, inclusively-attended conference held annually in Busan, South Korea. BICFest was created by and for developers to foster a friendly environment for creativity, sharing, and play.OPENShowcase
20 JunIndieway JuneFree24 – 25 JunOPENShowcaseEuropeOnlinehttps://www.indieway.biz/INDIEWAY Digital Expo is a digital showcase where you can present your games to gaming professionals. Up to 30 indie games from the applications will be presented in the digital expo.OPENShowcase
30 JunGames Without Borders Awards 2021Free1 OctOPENAwardsAsiaOnlinehttps://gwb.tencent.com/awards2021Our mission is to find, support and celebrate the best new and unreleased indie games, with a very special prize pool that gives developers exactly what they need. OPENAwards
2 JulDevelop Star: AwardsFree27 OctOPENAwardsEuropeBrighton, United Kingdomhttps://www.developconference.com/whats-on/develop-star-awardsUK ONLY!!! Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 27 October during Develop:Brighton, the Develop:Star Awards 2021 will recognise the very best games and talent within the industry with categories that enable studios of every size to shine.OPENAwards
22 AugIndie Game Fest150€26 – 28 NovOPENShowcaseEuropeCologne, Germanyhttps://indiegamefest.de/The indie game is a curated event where: Indie developers can present their games; meet other developers, publishers and media; visitors can experience those games and give direct feedback. There will be 30 slots available for developers. Fee covers food & drinks.OPENShowcase
15 OctGlobal Games Pitch – Mobile$9 – $793 – 4 NovOPENPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://gdbay.com/global-games-pitch/Pitch your Mobile / Hyper-casual game online to 50+ publishers and investors!OPENPitching
2 NovThe #PitchYaGame AwardsFree2 NovOPENPitchingEuropeTwitterhttps://pitchyagame.comPitch your games live on Twitter. The #PitchYaGame Awards is about Recognising Independent Games from all corners of the world.OPENPitching