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Dstroyd and Rigonauts take Activision indie prizes

$175,000 for winner and $75,000 for runner up at inaugural awards

The winners have been selected for the first round of Activision's inaugural indie development contest, with the first prize of $175,000 going to Peter Angstadt for his game, Dstroyd.

Second place, with a $75,000 prize, was Rigonauts: Broadside by Engient. Interviews with Angstadt and Engient's Ian Slutz are available on indie blog One of Swords.

"The first round of the competition was very impressive, and we have thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to show our commitment to supporting the creative spirit and innovation of independent developers," said Activision's executive vice president of studios, Dave Stohl.

"We look forward to continuing to reward independent developers for their remarkable efforts, and inspiring them to turn their dreams into reality."

The competition is open to any indie developer based in the US, and will see a total of $500,000 distributed in prizes. Details of the second round of the competition will be forthcoming.

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