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 MarCLOSEDFunding InvestmentEuropeOnlinehttps://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 AprOPENAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://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.OPENAwards
3 MarIndie CupFREE6 AprOPENAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://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.OPENAwards
5 MarDigital Big Indie Pitch (Mobile) #6FREE17 MarOPENPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://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.OPENPitching
15 MarUnfold Games AwardsFREE20 MayOPENAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://unfoldgamesawards.com/index.phpWin prizes and get your game in front of investors, publishers, media outlets, and influencers.OPENAwards
21 MarGlobal Games Pitch – PC & Console$9 – $796 – 7 AprOPENPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://gdbay.com/global-games-pitch/Pitch your PC / console game online to 50+ publishers and investors!OPENPitching
22 MarGame Trailer ChallengeFREE21 Jan – 22 MarOPENAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://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.OPENCompetition
26 MarWeGame AwardsFREE17 – 18 AprOPENAwardsEuropeOnlinehttps://wegame.com.ua/en/post/razrabotal-predstavil-pobedil-registratsiya-na-wegame-awards-otkrita-101062WEGAME 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
14 AprSteam Game Festival: Summer EditionFREE16 – 22 JunOPENSteam 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. OPENSteam Showcase
15 AprDevGAMM Awards$6912 – 14 MayOPENAwards 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.OPENAwards
19 AprINDIE Expo LiveFREE5 JunOPENShowcaseAsiaTwitchhttps://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. OPENShowcase
30 AprIndieCade$75+22 – 24 OctOPENShowcaseNorth 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.OPENShowcase
7 MayDigital Big Indie Pitch (Mobile) #7FREE19 MayOPENPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://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.OPENPitching
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
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
TBABig Indie Pitch (Mobile) @ PG Digital #6Conference Pass21 AprOPENPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://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.OPENPitching
TBABig Indie Pitch (PC + Console) @ PG Digital #6Conference Pass20 AprOPENPitchingEuropeOnlinehttps://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.OPENPitching