IndieCade Festival
October 11 - 13
Los Angeles, CA
IndieCade Europe
October 19 - 20
Paris, France

IndieCade® Festival 2018

October 12 - 13, 2018 (Festival)

October 11, 2018 (Developer Summit / IndieXchange)

Santa Monica, CA

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What is IndieCade Festival?

The IndieCade Festival is the premiere international event dedicated to celebrating independent games from around the globe. Now in its second decade, IndieCade is held each October in the Los Angeles area and this important, fun-filled event draws industry and public from around the world.

IndieCade Festival 2018, October 12th - 13th (preceded by IndieXchange on the 11th), offers a unique opportunity to play and preview the latest innovative indie games of all types and from around the world. Attendees enjoy the opportunity to play new and innovative games and meet with their creators, as well as sessions, workshops, business networking, social activities, tournaments, entertainment and more. IndieCade kicks off with an in-depth game developer summit with creators of new titles, as well as legends from across the industry.

Experience New Games

The IndieCade Festival is a celebration of indie games, their creators, and innovation within the industry. Core to the IndieCade experience is the opportunity to play new games, games not available elsewhere, and connect with the creators.

IndieCade exhibits games that span genres and platforms and truly push expectations. Get the chance to play games you are anticipating before they become hits, experience titles that can only be played at IndieCade Festival, or discover games and creators that you never would have known about. Check out the previous year's game selections HERE.

Reconnect with friends, Forge new relationships

Central to the IndieCade experience is the opportunity to interface with creators of new titles, as well as legends from across the industry. Built into the event are many opportunities to meet and network.

Learn and have fun!

IndieCade's sessions and summits offer amazing value and learning opportunities and in compliment, events like Night Games offer amazing fun.

Event Highlights

IndieCade Festival is action packed, some key highlights for 2018 include:

  • Exhibits: Explore a virtual playground of the latest indie offerings and meet the organizations behind them. Exhibits include Nominated Games, Members Showcase, Gaming for Everyone, and more… And your participation counts, make sure to vote on your favorite game for the most coveted honor in the show: Audience Choice Award
  • Show-and-Tell: Pop-up “GameTasting” events offer an opportunity to show and to play work in progress.
  • Developer Summit: Known as the IndieXchange, these sessions are held the day prior to the festival, October 11th, and focused entirely on developers.
  • Sessions: Special long-form workshops, forums, and GameU sessions offer opportunities for all levels and interests.
  • Night Games: IndieCade’s signature evening event includes amazing gameplay, at night, under the sky. Friday, October 12th. This one activity sells out early, don’t miss it.

Festival Days and Hours

  • Thursday, October 11th
    IndieCade Developer Summit and Networking: “The IndieXchange”
    Members and Developers Only evening event
  • Friday, October 12th
    Workshops, Networking
    Nominee Exhibit Preview
    Games and Exhibits and Night Games
  • Saturday, October 13th
    Games and Exhibits

Which day or days should I attend:

I am a developer which day or days should I attend.
  • All Days!! October 11th, developer summit known as the IndieXchange is designed by and for developers, October 12th offers bootcamps, workshops, networking and lots of hand on gameplay. October 13th is a full day of play!!
I want to be a developer - which day/days should I attend.
  • October 13th, is a great day for a newer developer - with our full day of GameU (and that ticket comes with the night games event for Friday as well - so time to play!)
  • October 11th, is great for working developers and has a range of sessions.
I am industry and I want to meet with developers and see games which day/days should I attend.
  • A great day for you would be Friday October 12th. On that day there are workshops and meetings, as well as time for networking. The games also open late that afternoon / evening so make sure to plan to stay for the full day. Night Games start at dark.
  • October 11th is our developer day. The day is focused on developers and there are some networking opportunities. The exhibits are not yet open and the games on display are the show-and-tell (works in progress by the attending developers).
  • October 13th is all the games all day!
I am a student.
  • There is a student rate ticket. All days are relevant! All days are fun!!
I just want to come to the festival and have fun. Which days should I come?
  • Friday October 12th night games are great fun! Festival games will also be on display in the evening.
  • Saturday, October 13th - all day- all the games are out to play.


IndieCade has teamed up with Gamepedia to provide you with more in depth information about the Festival! We will add to this guide as the time nears! Check out last year’s guide and wiki HERE.


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