At Steel Media, we've been witness to some pretty incredible indie pitches over the past few months. Our 19 global events over the past year have seen indie developers worldwide come to pitch their exciting new mobile, VR, and PC projects. To cap off an already exciting year, Steel Media is happy to announce the launch of the Big Indie Awards 2017 in partnership with indieSky.

The Big Indie Awards will mark our 20th event in the Big Indie Pitch series, as a fantastic year culminates on November 21st in Shenzen, China. Those who've pitched their games sat events past, and even a few who we haven't met yet, will have the chance to enter their game into the awards for worldwide recognition and a prize fund of over $25,000. Folks who enter will get a paid trip to the award ceremony itself. Read on to find out howyou can throw your hat into the ring.

How does it work?

Submit a game you're working on or have released in the past year by October 6 at the Big Indie Awards websiste.

We'll draft up a longlist of entries before a panel of expert judges that includes influencers, other developers, and journalists will rate each game to create a shortlist that will be announced internationally at the end of October. The top three teams will receive an all expenses paid trip to China to meet with Chinese companies and explore the beautiful city of Shenzhen, one of Southern China's coastal gems. It all comes to a head on November 21 when the top three teams will present their games at the award ceremony, where the final winners will be announced.

Who can enter?

Any mobile indie developer who has released a game in 2017, or will release one within the next six months is eligible to enter. All Big Indie Pitch entrants who have been shortlisted at past events since September 2016 will automatically land on the longlist for consideration.

What can you win?

There's a host of prizes we'll be giving away that add up to well over $25,000. We're giving away $15,000 of marketing funds to spend on advertisements on Steel Media's website network. Winners will also receive $5,000 to put towards tickets and expo tables at a Pocket Gamer Connects event, and $5,000 in cash.

Plus, finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to China that covers flight, accommodation, and a visa for the top three teams. And let's not forget the media coverage and shiny trophy you'll receive on top of all of that.

Who’s behind all this?

The Big Indie Awards 2017 are the latest grand plan from the Steel Media team (the firm behind Pocket Gamer, PG.Biz, PG Connects, the Global Connects Parties and of course the Big Indie Pitch itself), but it wouldn’t be possible without the support and love of the folks at indieSky.

Who is indieSky?

indieSky is iDreamSky's indie platform for indie developers. iDreamSky has published hit titles such as Monument Valley, Subway Surfers, Temple Run series, Toy Blast, Horizon Chase, Gardenscapes and many others in China. indieSky's aim is to partner with indie developers from all around the world to bring awesome games to gamers - the company slogan is, "We Publish Awesome Indie Games!" You can find out a lot more about at

How to enter!

Do you think your game has what it takes to win? Visit the Big Indie Awards to enter your game. You'll also need to submit screenshots and a gameplay video so we can see your game in action. You'll be notified if you've made it onto our list.Terms and conditions apply, details on the website. Entries must be mobile games. Teams that enter will need at least one member with a valid passport who could travel to China on November 18–22, 2017.

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