Skip to main content

Winners announced in Activision's Independent Games Competition

Iron Dragon and Planet Smashers take top prizes.

Dark blue icons of video game controllers on a light blue background
Image credit: Eurogamer

Two indie games have emerged victorious in Activision's Independent Games Competition.

Iron Dragon - an "action flight adventure" for touch-screen devices - by Christopher Hui took first prize of $175,000.

Multiplayer action title Planet Smashers by Michael Stanton came in second place with a prize of $75,000. It was built using an original engine.

The titles were chosen by a jury of IndieCade member, and Hui and Stanton both retain full intellectual property rights to their games.

Upon a title being selected as a winner, Activision has an exclusive 30 day "right of first negotiation" agreement where the publisher gets first stab at working out a deal with the developer. If either party refuses at the end of that period, the developer can still shop their game around elsewhere.

"While the games themselves varied, the unifying theme for everyone involved in the competition has been passion," said Activision's Vice President of External Development Dan Winters.

"We want to thank the talented developers who submitted their work and our partners at IndieCade. The energy and enthusiasm of the indie community continues to inspire us and we're thrilled to help make their dreams become reality."

This is Activision's second year hosting the event, with last year's prizes going to Peter Angstadt's RTS Dstroyd and Engient's mech action game Rigonauts: Broadside winning first and second place respectively.

Read this next