Microsoft Opens Dream.Build.Play 2011 Registration

If you're an indie developer, now's your chance to get noticed.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

Microsoft Opens Dream.Build.Play 2011 Registration

There’s a place for all walks of video game life. Whether it’s the big, multi-million dollar blockbusters or the small indie titles developed by a group of five guys (or girls) in a dimly lit garage, every video game deserves a chance to be seen and earn an audience.

So to shine the spotlight on the soon-to-bes, Microsoft has opened up registration for the 2011 edition of their Dream.Build.Play Challenge. Any independent developer can enter and submit their game for a chance to split a pot of $75,000 with three other winners, while also getting the opportunity to receive an Xbox Live publishing contract.

“Microsoft has always valued the creativity and innovative thinking that comes from independent developers,” said Mark Seminatore, principal development manager in the Xbox Advanced Technology Group at Microsoft. “We’ve hosted the Dream.Build.Play contest for the past five years in an effort to support and nurture that talent.”

Last year’s winners include Lumi, A.R.E.S., Prismatic Solid and Beat Hazard. And wouldn’t you know it, all of those games rocked.

“Each year we are amazed at the quality of games submitted to the Dream.Build.Play Challenge,” said Pete Isensee, principal program manager in the Xbox Advanced Technology Group at Microsoft. “I can’t wait to see what indie developers will create this year.”

If you’re interested in entering, now’s the time. Registration is open from today, Feb. 28, through May 17. The submission period lasts from May 17 through June 14.

Head over to the official Dream.Build.Play website to learn all the details about the challenge, registering and submitting.

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