If you live in Seattle, there’s at least a decent chance that you don’t need me to tell you what the IGC and IGF are; after all, we’re home to plenty of game development and platform companies. For those of you who don’t know, the Indie Game Challenge and Independent Games Festival are annual events that allow new and indie games developers a chance to get together with other aspirants as well as established members of the industry, show off their skills and wares, and network for their mutual benefit. (One of the cool things about the games industry is that, sure, there’s competition, but much of it is collaborative and supportive competition. A rising tide and all boats, as it were.)
Both of these events are a big deal in the games industry and they’re a great thing for game players, too, as all kinds of great new games come out of them.
Seattle’s own Spoon, who technology lets games (and other applications) run instantly from the web, want to make sure that you have a chance to check out these new games so they’ve created a couple of Sandboxes for use: the IGC and IGF are available now and totally free.