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Two DADIU Games Nominated for Independent Games Festival

Independent Games Festival

Both Blackwell’s Asylum and Back to Bed are nominated for this year’s Independent Games Festival. The festival takes place alongside the World’s most important games conference, Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 25-29th.
The two games are nominated in the Student Showcase category. A total of eight games have been selected from 300 contributions from all of the World.

Huge honor and invaluable PR
The Danish games journalist and previous games editor at the Danish News paper Poltiken, Thomas Vigild, follows the games industry closely. According to him, the nominations carries a huge significance: ’It is a great honor and invaluable PR that two Danish graduation games is amongst the finalists at this year’s Independent Games Festival in the US. This can kickstart the students’ career and break through in the global games industry – huge successes like Portal and Flower are both based on games concepts developed by students. To be nominated for Student Showcase is very much a quality stamp and I would be surprised if the teams behind are not contacted by bigger publishers interested in collaborating.’
Thomas Vigild is also impressed with the fact that DADIU has two nominations in the same year. ’It is surprising and quite rare to see to games from the same school be chosen in such a tough competition. But the nonimations show that Denmark  and DADIU is part of the top, both technologically, artistically and creatively,’ he says.

About Independent Games Festival
Independent Games Festival takes place in San Francisco on March 25.-29. 2013 alongside the Game Developers Conference. The games will be exhibited in the expo part of the conference. At a prize ceremony on March 27th, the winners will be announced.

This year’s Independent Games Festival is number fifteen. DADIU has been nominated three times before: Flipside (2008), Dish Washington (2009), and Puzzle Bloom (2010).
See the full list of this year’s nominees here:

For further information, please contact DADIU’s Head of Studies Kristine Ploug
Phone: +45 26210661.

The Indie Game Magazine writes about DADIU’s games

The Indie Games Magazine writes: ‘Always attempting to push the boundaries of the medium, DADIU or the Danish National Academy of Digital Interactive Entertainment presents the six graduate games from Fall 2011, all of which are definitely worth checking out for various reasons’. Read the article.

Blackwell and Back to Bed nominated at Dutch Game Awards

The DADIU games Blackwell and Back to Bed are nominated for Dutch Game Awards in the category ‘Guts & Glory’.
See the full list of nominees:

Dutch Game Award will be handed out on November 22nd in Amsterdam.

Many nominations for the year’s DADIU Games
Back to Bed was previously this year nominated for Nordic Game Indie Night 2012 and Best Student Project at Unite 2012.

Blackwell won the KnowInG Creativity-prize at Gaming Forum in Greece in 2012 as well as Intel’s Level Up as Game go the year as well as the Adventure/Roleplay Prize 2012. The latter included being part of an exhibition at E3 and getting on Steam’s Demo area.

Furthermore, another DADIU game from 2012,  A Mother’s Inferno, was selected for  IndieCade’s showcase at E3 in 2012.


Two DADIU Games at E3

When E3 opens tomorrow, two DADIU games will be on show: Blackwell’s Asylum and A Mother’s Inferno. Both teams are represented at the Expo in Los Angeles to present their games.

IndieCade at E3!
A Mother’s Inferno – where you play a mother chasing her missing son – has been selected as part of IndieCade’s curated E3 showcase. A total of 20 games from all of the world has been chosen to be exhibited at E3.

Blackwell’s Asylum is Game of the Year!
Blackwell’s Asylum – where you have to escape the mental instituion on Blackwell’s Island outside New York – has won Intel’s Level Up competition as Game of the Year and Adventure/Roleplay award.

This means that the games will be at the E3 Expo and also that they will be going on Steam. Blackwell’s Asylum has also received a prize of 12.000$.

DADIU on the International Scene
DADIU’s game consultant and main teacher, Søren Lundgaard is quite impressed: “DADIU has a great track record with presence at festivals. But making it to E3 –  the largest game industry expo in the world – with not one, but two different student production yet again demonstrates that DADIU students can compete and succeed on the international scene. We are very proud of their great work”.

Both Blackwell’s Asylum and A Mother’s Inferno are Graduation Games from DADIU in 2011. Blackwell’s Asylum was originally called Blackwell, but has changed its name to avoid confusion with other Blackwell games.

In the fall semester of 2011, around 90 students from the art schools and universities in all of Denmark were immersed in computer games – doing classes, workshop and, lastly, a game production.
In the game production they were working in six full-fledged teams of approx. 17 students from November till late December

In the past, DADIU games have won numerous nominations at International festivals such as Indiecade, Penny Arcade Expo and IGF. See the full list here.

Intel Level Up is a worldwide contest for game demos. This is the fifth year the LevelUp contest has been running. This year’s Level Up has been made in cooperation with Valve and its Steam online game portal, which is the leading platform for gamers to buy games for the PC platform.

IndieCade is a games festival taking place in the fall in Los Angeles. They show a specially curated selection of the submitted games at E3. 

E3 is the world’s largest computer games exhibition. It takes place on June 5.-7. In Los Angeles. 

Blackwell Wins Greek Prize

The DADIU Game Blackwell has be awarded the KnowInG Creativity Award and  €2000 at Gaming Forum in Greece. Read more here

This was the 1st ever Gaming Forum and consisted of a  two day celebration of Gaming that brought together the Greek gaming industry with academics and gaming enthusiasts of all ages. The Gaming Forum was organized by Athens Information Technology – Center of Excellence for research and education in collaboration with the British Council and Cowboy Tv.

Play Blackwell here.