If you’re looking for something fresh and different to play, look no further than the indies. Every indie selected for our fest will show their game at a booth in our Expo. Better yet, they’re organized into categories, so check out the list below and find your favorite category to see the indies that’ll be at the show.
Provides tough physical challenges requiring hand-eye coordination and quick reaction time
Titles that are unreleased or still seeking funding with strong community endorsement (not limited to Early Access platform)
The player is immersed in an interactive story driven by exploration and problem-solving
Titles that use fear as an obstacle, often with unpredictable enemies and outcomes, excessive gore, or unsettling narratives
Combines the action and adventure experience, blending narrative with combat
Titles that make you laugh hard with comedy being the main focus of the experience
The player experiences a simulated environment that immerses them in a constructed reality
Provides an exciting co-op gameplay experience and can be couch, online, or both
Provides a profound statement by emphasizing art as an experience with a strong narrative or concept
The player is immersed in the role of a character in a narrative, able to upgrade, modify, or enhance their character over time
Simpler gameplay, mobile titles, and/or puzzle titles that are fun in short intervals or more accessible to a spectrum of age groups
Provides an experience involving situational awareness and decision-making wherein learning and planning play a large role
The full rules are available on the entry form, but this is some basic info to get you started.
The DreamHack Staff reviews all of the games submitted and considers criteria such as the following: Gameplay, Quality, Fun Factor, Technique, Design, etc.
You must be considered an independent developer at the time of entry. If an individual, you must be at least 18 years old.To be considered an “independent developer”, you must have minimal resources to complete the game. Examples of this are small teams, minimal funding, etc.
You must be prepared to be present and display your game for the whole festival when the Expo is open.
Each selected team will receive a complimentary 10×10 booth space within the Indie Playground in the Expo which will include one (1) table and two (2) chairs to show the game. Your game will be promoted on our site and social channels. Each team representing the game will receive 2 complimentary DreamHack 3-Day tickets to the event. Your game will be. added to our Freeplay game library (Steam only) that is setup at all DreamHack events.
You will receive a digital laurel for your category. You will have the title of Indie Playground Selection in your respective genre. Lastly, you will have a 15 minute session to present your game on the Indie Stage. If you entered but weren’t selected, you are eligible for a discounted booth space on the floor.
For any questions regarding the Indie Playground, contact firstname.lastname@example.org