A few changes have been made to this year’s Independent Games Festival, resulting in more finalists but one less category.
As detailed on Gamasutra, the Technical Excellence category has been axed.
“The rise of widespread, affordable middleware has, if not leveled the playing field, then at least given many equal footing from which to begin,” IGF chairman Brandon Boyer explained.
“While there are still obviously innovative and enormously creative uses of all middleware and homegrown technologies, we believe that other award categories will showcase games whose technology serves their gameplay, and agree with many that it’s time to retire the category.”
Because it has reduced the number of categories, the IGF feels able to expand the number of finalists in each remaining category from five to six.
The IGF is now taking submissions, with winners to be announced at GDC 2014.