A competition celebrating indie game developers
On Tuesday, 25th June, at Saatchi Gallery in London, we hosted the final event of the Indie Games Showcase. 20 finalists came from 10 countries to showcase their games to an excited room of gamers, industry experts and press. Selected based on the votes of the attendees and the Google Play team, the Top 10 pitched in front of a jury who chose the top winners.
Big congratulations to everyone, especially to the winners:
G30 - A Memory Maze :: Ordia :: PhotographsCheck out the winners
Pixel Perfect Dude
G30 - A Memory Maze
Ivan Kovalov - Ukraine
Lucid Dream Adventure
SPECTRUM48 - United Kingdom
EightyEight Games - United Kingdom
Rest in Pieces
Overhead Game Studio
Tesla vs Lovecraft
Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery
Kiary games - Russia
June 25, 2019
Sign up to attend the final event of the Indie Games Showcase from Google Play at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Bring along your family or friends for an afternoon of great games and fun, where you can meet the developers behind the games, vote for your favourites and play some of the best new indies games from Europe.
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY, United Kingdom
Alasdair McMaster (Business Development Manager, Google Play) will be the master of ceremonies.Register to attend the final event as a guest
You could win prizes that will showcase your game, including:
Opportunity to showcase at the Saatchi Gallery in London
A paid trip to showcase your game at the final event
Promotions in the Google Play Store
Tickets to an exclusive Google Play event
Consultations with Google experts
The latest Google hardware
How it works
- March 13, 2019 Submissions open
- May 6, 2019 - 4pm CET Submissions close
- Late May, 2019 Finalists will be announced
- June 25, 2019 Final event at the Saatchi Gallery in London
Winner selection process
Once submissions close, all eligible entries will be reviewed and up to 20 finalists will be chosen based on the level of innovation, fun, design and technical & production quality.
The finalists will get to showcase their games at the Saatchi Gallery in London on June 25th. At the event, the Top 10 will be selected by the audience and the Google Play team. The Top 10 will then get the opportunity to pitch to a jury of industry experts, from which the Top 3 will be selected.
Co-founder, Bossa Studios
Roberta Lucca is a serial entrepreneur, Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech, YouTuber a.k.a. Beta Lucca, angel investor and co-founder of the BAFTA-winning Bossa Studios, renowned for the hits Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread.
Founder & CEO, Space Ape Games
John Earner is the co-founder and CEO of Space Ape Games, an award-winning mobile gaming company founded in 2012. Previously, he ran the UK studio of Playfish, the developer behind Sims Social, Restaurant City, and Pet Society.
Head of Business Development, Wooga
Paul heads up Wooga’s platform partnerships and corporate development. He has over 18 years of experience in the gaming industry, having worked at The Walt Disney Company and then founding Big Pixel Studios and WearGa.
Principal, Initial Capital
Matteo is a Principal at Initial Capital where he invests in early stage consumer startups and games developers. Before joining Initial Capital, he worked at Google as Head of Games Business Development for Google Play in Western Europe.
CEO, Steel Media
Chris leads Steel Media, the publisher of leading mobile games industry portal PocketGamer.Biz plus the PGConnects.com industry events - he's been involved in the mobile games industry for almost 15 years.
Founder, The Pixel Hunt
Florent Maurin is the founder at The Pixel Hunt, a video games studio with a focus on reality-inspired games. He was the game designer and co-writer on the critically acclaimed mobile game Bury me, my Love, last year's winner of the competition.
I’m from a country not eligible to enter. Can I still submit?
Unfortunately we can’t consider your submission if the competition isn't available in your country as you wouldn't meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Terms and Conditions.
I'm from an eligible country but my publisher is not. Can I still submit?
You - as the developer of the game - are the one who needs to enter and you are the one who needs to be based in one of the eligible countries and meet the eligibility criteria.
I am under 18 years old. Can I enter the contest?
Unfortunately you have to be at least 18 years old at the time of entering the contest to be eligible.
Do I need to have employees to enter the contest?
No, you can be an individual, as long as you are based in one of the eligible countries. If you are a business, you must not have more than 30 full time employees and must not be a publicly listed company.
I entered the contest last year. Am I allowed to enter this year?
Yes, you're welcome to enter again as long as you meet all the eligibility criteria, including having developed and published a new game on the Google Play Store in 2018.
If I enter now, will I be able to edit my submission later?
You can edit your submission until 16:00 CET on May 6, 2019.
Can I submit more than one game?
Yes, there is no submissions limit per developer. You will however need to submit each game separately.
When will you start trying out the games that were submitted?
We will start reviewing submissions as soon as we get them, however you have until the end of the submission period to make sure your game is in top shape and free of bugs; any updates to the game(s) after the submission period ended on May 6, 2019 16:00 CET will not be considered.
Do you have any tips on how I can make my game better?
You can check out some general tips on how to build a successful game on the Google Play Academy for App Success.
I submitted a game. When will I know if I’ve been shortlisted?
We will announce the finalists at the end of May. All developers who've entered the competition will receive an email about it. Make sure to also follow our Google Play Developer channels.
What if I’m shortlisted but can’t make it to the final event in London, do I still have a chance to win some of the other prizes?
If you don’t showcase and pitch, then you can’t win any of the Top 3 prizes.
Who can attend the final event?
The event is open to everyone. Sign up if you want to check out some great games, including some unreleased ones, meet the developers, vote and have some fun.
Can I sign up to attend the final event in London even if I’m not eligible to enter the contest?
Of course, everyone interested in indie games is welcome to join the final event and play some cool games.
Can a friend or family member join me at the event?
Yes, bring as many friends or family members as you like. Make sure they sign up, as preference will be given to pre-registered attendees.
Is the event family friendly?
Children and minors under 18 years old are welcome too. Minors must remain under adult responsibility and supervision. Be aware that some games may present inappropriate content for children.
Is the event pets friendly?
Unfortunately the event is held in a private art gallery where pets are not allowed.
What games will be showcased?
We will announce the titles in late May, stay tuned!
Can I arrive at any time?
The exact details of the afternoon will be announced closer to the date. Stay tuned.
Make sure you meet all the eligibility criteria listed below.
You need to be based in one of the eligible countries: Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland).
You need to have 30 or less full time employees.
You need to have publicly published a game on Google Play after 1 January 2018.
If your game is not released yet, it needs to be available at least in open beta by 6 May 2019.
You need to be at least 18 years old at the moment of entering the competition.
And other requirements in the legal terms and conditions.