GarageGames has announced the first Independent Games Conference.
IndieGamesCon ’02 (IGC) runs November 1-3. It takes place at the Wild Duck Banquet Hall in Eugene, Oregon.
Billed as “an informal and informative gathering” of independent game developers, IGC is being hosted to promote independent gaming and to provide a way for those developers to get in touch with hardware manufacturers and the staff of GarageGames.
GarageGames is best known for its license and development of the Torque Game Engine. It’s the same technology that powers Sierra’s Tribes 2 game. The company offers the Torque Game Engine for a small licensing fee, which has been ported to the Mac, and runs on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The company has since become a community center for independent game makers of all stripes, spawning discussion forms, an IRC channel and other resources.
GarageGames’ Jeff Tunnel explained that IGC has been created in response to the recognition that the Game Developers Conference is “too big and too expensive. We need to get back to our roots of talking about game development, and especially the needs of the small, under-funded indie developer,” said Tunnel.
The cost of IGC is US$150 — including all conference activities, food and drink, and even a t-shirt. Space is limited, so if you’re interested in going, sign up now.