Part 1: Evaluating Your Game
The jury evaluation period for entries occurs on a rolling basis from the opening of submissions to September. Jurors are assigned entries based on the technical platforms they have available for evaluations and their proficiencies. Jurors are asked to abstain from reviewing entries with which they have a conflict of interest. When a juror abstains or cancels their participation, the entry is assigned to a new juror. All entries are evaluated by the jury committee.
Documentation of your submission (gameplay videos, artistic statement, screenshots, etc.) is now more important than ever as it is vital for the jury committee to understand your submission. Please read the DOCUMENTATION section for tips about submitting your game since the documentation is a crucial element to the success of your submission. All entries are reviewed first by their documentation and then move on to either community jurying or a committee jurying phase where they are played. Community jurying will also suggest games into the committee jurying phase. All entries are reviewed first through documentation and then those games marked for the next round of review will move on to a more in-depth phase where they may be played. Please note that we do not guarantee that all games will be played, however all games will be reviewed on their documentation at least. To learn more about documentation, please go HERE.
For some Special Format entries one of the following may occur:
- The entry may be assigned to one of our Jury Hubs; these are locations where jurors come together to test local multiplayer, special-format, or tabletop entries and staff will reach out to you with the address of the Hub if you need to mail materials in. If we do not receive a physical or digital copy of your entry to provide to a Jury Hub (if applicable), you risk disqualification.
- If you have listed events in which your entry has been or will be exhibited, we may assign jurors attending these events to your entry.
- If your entry is site-specific or performative, we may contact jurors and ask them to visit the installation or performance - or we may contact you with a request to provide a demo of your entry to local jurors.
- If your entry can be mailed in, IndieCade staff will contact you after you have submitted your online entry form. We will provide you with an address to mail your entry to as well as a date your entry must be postmarked by (risking disqualification otherwise). We may contact you after a submission deadline.
- If we are unable to do any of the above, we will contact individuals (with your assistance) who have already played your entry and are able to provide a non-biased review of it.
- If we are unable to do any of the above, we will review the entry purely based off of documentation.
If your entry is, in any way, unusual or unique (which we strongly encourage), we will work with you to assure it is properly juried. In order to do this, we need your help and cooperation by being responsive to email & phone communications from our Jury team. Due to the scale and complexity of this process, we occasionally have significant challenges getting a game properly juried. If at any time you have concerns about the jurying of your submission, please contact us immediately via firstname.lastname@example.org.