The Indie Game Challenge is a game development competition that presents indie game designers a chance to get their games published and win up to $100,000 in two separate categories. The competition is sponsored by GameStop, The Guildhall at SMU and AIAS (The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences).

To enter, participants would need to register themselves for the competition at www.indiegamechallenge.com, then PayPal the registration fee of $100 on the contest website. There is a discount of $25 off the application fee for members of the GameStop Edge Card program, and the fee is waived for residents of certain states as well. After registering, you would then need to submit your game (ten copies) and pitch videos (less than sixty seconds long, two copies) on physical discs to the organizers before October 1st, 2009.

A short judging period is set to commence after the final submission date, and the judging panel will select twelve finalists to be announced sometime around January 15th, 2010. The judges (consisting of AIAS members, Guildhall representatives and GameStop executives) will decide on the finalists based on three different criterias: originality, creativity and playability.

All finalists will be invited to attend the awards ceremony on the 19th of February 2010, to be held at AIAS' D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas. Each team member (up to five members in a team) is set to receive a $500 travel stipend for the trip, and the finalists will also be given the opportunity to present their games to interested publishers during the event for possible publishing contract consideration.

Three Skill Awards winners (technical, art and gameplay categories, $2,500 cash prize each) are to be chosen on the night as well, and the team with the best Pitch video is to receive a "People's Choice" prize worth $10,000. A tuition scholarship at The Guildhall is also on offer among the prizes.

Note that the competition is open to U.S. residents only. Additional information and competition rules are all obtainable from the official Indie Game Challenge website.

GameStop, AIAS, Guildhall Announce Indie Game Challenge (Gamasutra)