ATLANTA - March 8, 2007 - GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), announced the winners of the GameTap Indie Awards during a ceremony at the Game Developers Conference's 9th Annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) in San Francisco. Queasy Games' "Everyday Shooter", took home the $10,000 distribution deal, with runner-up distribution deals of $5,000 awarded to both "Roboblitz," an action game by Naked Sky Entertainment and Cryptic Sea's "Blast Miner" puzzle game. Together, the three award winners will kick off GameTap's online distribution program for independent games.
"The GameTap Indie Award winners represent creativity and passion for gameplay that in many ways is unique to games produced outside traditional publishing systems and will be exciting additions for subscribers of the GameTap network," said Ricardo Sanchez, vice president of content, GameTap. "We chose the winners of the first GameTap Indie Award after a careful evaluation of over a hundred independently developed games and now welcome them to the GameTap family."
Grand prize winner, Everyday Shooter, is an album of games exploring the expressive power of abstract shooters. Dissolute sounds of destruction are replaced with guitar riffs harmonizing over an all-guitar soundtrack, while modulating shapes celebrate the flowing beauty of geometry. As the grand prize winner, Queasy Games will receive a $10,000 advance after signing a five year distribution deal for Everyday Shooter to be a part of the new GameTap Indies label.
Roboblitz and Blast Miner were both runners up for the GameTap Indies Award and will each receive a $5,000 advance after signing the same five year distribution deal to be part of the new GameTap Indies label. Roboblitz is a physics-based action game full of inventive gizmos, weapons, characters, and environments. Players take on the role of Blitz, a multi-talented robot who must activate an aging Space Cannon to save his world from a band of maladjusted space pirates. Blast Miner is a physics-based puzzle game where you use explosives to blast though the earth in search of gold. Taking the role of a crazed miner, the player must use TNT, gas cans and stones to set off chain reactions that rip through the ground exposing and collecting chunks of gold.
The GameTap Indies program will take effect immediately, serving as an added distribution channel for creative developers. By enlisting in the program, GameTap assumes responsibility for the digital distribution of each selected game. In addition to being promoted alongside popular GameTap Original titles, such as "Sam & Max: Season 1" and "Myst Online: Uru Live", GameTap Indies will be showcased in a special Independent Games content area within the service.
In addition to GameTap Indies, GameTap provides subscribers with unlimited access to more than 800 games, along with over 600 original TV shows and videos that cater to fans of the video game lifestyle.
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