BUSINESS: Fun & Serious Festival Relaunches The FS Play International Awards For Indie Developers

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The period for submitting applications to the FS Play, which distinguishes the best international indie titles and the best Basque games, will be open until November 26th

Fun & Serious, which celebrates its 11th edition this year, re-launches, together with AEVI (Spanish Association of Videogames), its FS Play Awards, in search of the most innovative indie title on the international scene, as well as the best Basque videogame.

AEVI supports the festival from its first edition. It sponsors the international videogame event with the goal of rewarding and promoting creativity in the development and promotion of independent videogames. It does this by providing financial support via the endowment attached its prizes and by guaranteeing that these projects are visible through public recognition.

“We, the Spanish Association of Videogames, celebrate being able to travel to Bilbao once more and work together in another edition of The Fun & Serious Festival. We have always worked in the same direction. We work together to support the Spanish videogame industry, promote foreign investment, and publicize the talents of our creators,” said Jose Maria Moreno CEO of AEVI.

According to Alfonso Gomez the festival director, it was an enormous pleasure to keep the AEVI alliance for the Festival’s second edition. His vision and hard work, along with his support for initiatives like the international FS Play Awards, help us grow year-on-year and greatly benefit the Spanish videogame sector.

The rules of the Awards, already in their 4th edition, are available on the festival website and an endowment of 4,000 euros is provided for the best indie game (of any genre, theme and playable on at least one platform among PC, console or mobile devices). The endowment for the best Basque game is likewise 4,000 euros; in this case, only projects developed by studios located in the Basque Country and with 75% of their staff residing in this region will be accepted. EduJoy Entertainment from Bilbao, with its blockville videogame, was the 2020 winner. Gamer Sandbox recently acquired it.

The FS Play jury will consist of leading industry professionals and will consider the story and artistic design (mechanics and levels, script, world-building …), and sound, music, and audio quality).

The deadline for submitting applications (which can be processed through this online form) closes on November 26, 2021.

Arturo Monedero Vice President for Development of AEVI : stated that “Fun & Serious” is a special edition after a year and a quarter of not being able arrange face-toface events. We are excited to support this event and to be there for one of the most important meeting points of our industry’s players: distributors, students, and developers .”

AEVI, the Spanish main videogame organization, is located in Spain. It represents more than 60 companies and education centers that generate most of the jobs in the sector in Spain and represent 90% of videogame consumption in the Spanish market.

About Fun & Serious Festival

The Fun & Serious Game Festival, to be held from 8 to 11 December in Bilbao, is the largest video-game festival in Europe and a key meeting-point for the industry as a whole. Last year, more than 30,000 people attended the different activities at the festival in Bilbao.

The event’s purpose is to promote and recognize the work of directors, producers, artists, and developers in video-game production. It is based on a comprehensive conference program, roundtables and networking activities that are open to both companies and the public. The Festival will end with a Grand Prize-Winning Gala, as is tradition each year.

The Basque Regional Government – SPRI, Bilbao Municipal Hall, and the Provincial Council of Biscay support the Fun & Serious Game Festival. Microsoft, PlayStation, and Ubisoft are the event’s strategic partners. The Festival is co-organized by the Spanish Video-Games Association, UTAD and Virtualware.

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