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3rd Annual Boston Festival of Indie Games to Take Place Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thousands Expected to Attend on MIT Campus

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February 14, 2014 ---Cambridge, MA— The Boston Festival of Indie Games, presented by MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies, announced today that the 3rd annual Boston Festival of Indie Games will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Johnson Athletic Center at MIT in Cambridge.

A celebration of independent game development in a variety of media and genres, Boston Festival of Indie Games is a family friendly event with a focus on game development, education, and business in the New England area. More fest details, such as the opening of attendee registration and game submissions, will be announced this spring. To stay informed on fest progress, sign up for updates on www.BostonFIG.com.

Boston Festival of Indie Games provides independent game developers with the opportunity to show off their games, get feedback from the public and win great prizes at the Figgies Awards Show for the Digital and Tabletop Showcases. Festival attendees play video games and tabletop games in a casual, inclusive environment, plus attend events throughout the day with a focus on educating the public about the ins and outs of the industry. Attendees can also become game developers themselves by participating in digital game jams, creating their own board and card games, and attending screenings and lectures about the process of making games. In 2013, over 7,000 people attended the festival at MIT, playing nearly 80 digital and board games.

“Over the last two years, the Boston Festival of Indie Games has established itself as the premiere event for independent game developers and fans in the New England area,” said Dan Silvers, Director of the Boston Festival of Indie Games. “In our third year, we aim to deliver the same caliber of content you have come to expect from us, while focusing on making Boston FIG a fun, safe and welcoming environment for all who attend. We can’t wait to see you in September!”

About the Boston Festival of Indie Games ( www.bostonfig.com):

The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England and neighboring regions. The Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing an inclusive, safe, family-friendly event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media, from video games to tabletop games and beyond. The Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused on creating an intersection between community, academic and development interests in game play.

About MIT Game Lab ( http://gambit.mit.edu/):

The MIT Game Lab brings together scholars, creators and technologies to teach, conduct research and develop new approaches to applied game design and construction. Identified as one of the top schools for learning game development by the Princeton Review for the past 5 years, the MIT Game Lab maintains MIT’s roles as leader in the study, design and development of games. The MIT Game Lab’s goal is to explore, educate and engage the public by creating groundbreaking games, interactive online courses and new applications to real world challenges.

About Boston Indies ( www.bostonindies.com):

Boston Indies is a community of dedicated independent game developers in Massachusetts and the surrounding area.  Boston Indies works to foster a sense of community among Boston’s independent game developers, facilitate monthly meet-ups and other related community events, encourage developers to create games independent of large budgets and large company ties, provide a safe environment to obtain critical feedback on game development works in progress and serve as a brain trust for important information sharing among local independent developers.

To schedule an interview or for more festival info, please contact Mark Nolan, Boston Festival of Indie Games publicist, at press@bostonfig.com; or contact Andrew Whitacre, Communications Director at the MIT Game Lab, at awhit@mit.edu or (617) 324-0490.  More info is also available at www.bostonfig.com.

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