Tuesday, 28 February 2012

OnLive Partners with the Independent Games Festival and Showcases 16 Indie IGF Nominees with Free Demos

As gold sponsor of the 14th Annual Independent Games Festival (IGF), OnLive announced today that it is bringing the excitement of the festival to the masses with a two-week indie showcase, hosted in partnership with the IGF.

From today through March 11, players everywhere in the US and UK can play an outstanding lineup of 16 current IGF nominees and honorable mentions free through the OnLive Game Service. Players can then “Like” their favorites on OnLive’s Facebook page. After clicking on “Like” via the OnLive Facebook page, gamers can enter to win an OnLive PrizePack. There will be a Grand Prize and 2 Runners Up selected. Here are the details of the PrizePacks:

Grand Prize
- Astro Gaming Headset
- Universal OnLive Wireless Controller
- Full PlayPass (not valid for pre-order games)
- OnLive T-Shirt

Runner Up
- Universal OnLive Wireless Controller
- Full PlayPass (not valid for pre-order games)
- OnLive T-Shirt

OnLive will announce which independent game received the most Likes and which was the most played on March 12, the Monday following the 2012 Independent Games Festival.

Starting today, 16 of this year’s IGF game nominees and honorable mentions are available for instant play over the OnLive Game Service and at OnLive’s Facebook page. The games are:

- Atom Zombie Smasher (Blendo Games) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- Be Good (DigiPen Institute of Technology) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- Botanicula (Amanita Design) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- Dear Esther (The Chinese Room) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- Dustforce (Hitbox Team) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- English Country Tune (Stephen Lavelle) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- FTL (Justin Ma and Matthew Davis) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- Lume (State of Play Games) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- Nitronic Rush (DigiPen Institute of Technology) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- Once Upon a Spacetime (RMIT) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- POP: Methodology Experiment One (Rob Lach) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- SpaceChem (Zachtronics Industries) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- To the Moon (Freebird Games) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- Toren (Swordtales) – US DEMO / UK DEMO
- WAY (CoCo & Co.) – US DEMO / UK DEMO

By simply clicking the links next to each game on OnLive’s Facebook page, visitors can test-drive each game free for 30 minutes on nearly any device they own—low- or high-end PCs or Macs, TVs or mobile devices. No discs and no downloads are necessary; only a free OnLive account and an internet connection. Once gamers have identified their favorite titles, they can Like them on OnLive’s Facebook page, sharing their preferences instantly with friends.

Two of these games are already part of the OnLive PlayPack (Atom Zombie Smasher and SpaceChem). The others are currently only available in demo mode.

The OnLive Indie Showcase will conclude on March 11, when OnLive will tally both the number of Likes and the total number of game sessions played for each game. The top games will be announced online on Monday, March 12.

“Our mission has always been to give innovative indie titles the exposure and recognition they deserve,” said Meggan Scavio, Director of the Game Developers Conference. “By partnering with OnLive and leveraging their cloud-gaming technology, we can take that exposure even further by putting these incredible indie titles in the hands of users across the US and UK.”

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