IndieCade presents 13 awards that honor the excellence and innovation of teams and individuals across the wide range of creative disciplines. 10 of these awards are selected through deliberation with a special panel of distinguished award jurors who come to a consensus on which award should go to which finalist. Three of these awards are selected by audience, developers, and the media. These awards have changed slightly each year based on past experience in discovering how to best honor these unique creatives - not an easy feat, which, if you look at the finalists of previous years, you can see why.
Out of the hundreds of submissions each year, 36 finalists are selected by the jury to be showcased at the IndieCade Festival. Additional games are selected by the IndieCade team as Official Selections. These finalists showcase true artistry in game development, combining a wide array of both artistic and technical skills, ranging from art direction, to interface and interaction design, to computer programming and sometimes hardware hacking, to sound design and interactive musical composition, to writing, to the mysterious alchemy of “game design.”