Press release:
Kraków Technology Park (the organizer of Digital Dragons 2021) is today very pleased and proud to announce the finalists of the “Indie Celebration” 2021 live stream event.

Indie Celebration is an international competition that is a great opportunity for independent developers to present their games to a selected audience of industry peers, veterans and experts, and to win prestigious awards.

The event is supported by co-organizers from Reboot – Adria Games Initiative and DevGAMM.

This year game developers from 50 countries submitted over 250 games. The contest jury after testing each of them decided to pick 60 finalists which will be presented to a wider audience on Steam on May 13-14 during the special Indie Celebration festival. Most of the games will have playable demos so the players will have the opportunity to check the newest indie productions from all over the world before choosing the best game for the Community Vote Award.

Among 60 selected games we can find such productions as the post-apocalyptic adventure game Paradise Lost by PolyAmorous, psychological horror Lust from Beyond by Movie Games, isometric brawler Midnight Fight Express by Jacob Dzwinel, card battler The Amazing American Circus by Klabater and Juggler Games, lumberpunk city-building game Timberborn by Mechanistry, co-op Lumberhill by 2BIGo, turn-based strategy Inkulinati by Yaza Games or medival open world survival RPG Medieval Dynasty by Render Cube.

The prizes are provided by AMD, a leader in high-performing computing, graphics and visualization technologies, that has been working with Digital Dragons for several years on events supporting indie game developers.

“AMD is pleased to once again partner with Digital Dragons to celebrate independent game development.  Together, we strengthen the indie gaming community and celebrate their passion,” said Chris Kilburn, corporate vice president and general manager, client component business unit, AMD.

“We are happy to present four winners with AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Desktop Processors – the ultimate high-performance processors for gaming.”

At the same time Digital Dragons will also run a free business-focused event dedicated to game developers, VC funds, and publishers – Digital Dragons Business Meet Up.

The key element of this event is a matchmaking platform for networking. Game developers and investors, publishers and distributors are able to arrange direct business meetings. The goal is to support the game industry in these challenging times, and provide them with as many business opportunities as possible.

The event will be hosted on PINE: a comprehensive online event and matchmaking platform. Participants will be able to arrange 30-minute-long 1-on-1 meetings.

In 2021 Digital Dragons is split into three independent events. The first two – Digital Dragons Business Meet Up and Indie Celebration – are scheduled for 13–14 May as online events, while the main Digital Dragons Conference is planned for 7–8 September.

About Sponsors:
Małopolska Region is the Main Partner of the event: the regional authorities implementing a range of projects that serve innovation and economic development of Małopolska, and its attractiveness for investors. Małopolska is a perfect location for running business, particularly based on new technologies.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is a global and innovative organization that conducts mining and metallurgical activities. KGHM was established in 1961 and in 2021 celebrates its 60th anniversary with the motto: The future is made of copper!

Xsolla is the video game commerce company, powered by Transaction Engine and Business Engine, that helps developers and publishers market, sell, connect and optimize their games globally.

About Digital Dragons:
Digital Dragons is currently one of the largest international events for the digital entertainment industry in Central and Eastern Europe. The main goal of the Digital Dragons is to create a Business to Business (B2B) cooperation platform within the Polish games sector, one of the most intensively developing sectors of the creative industries. Last year’s edition of the Digital Dragons, held online for the first time, attracted 2900 participants, including 1100 companies from 65 countries. Among the representatives of the digital entertainment industry, there were leading Polish and foreign companies. 366 projects from 30 countries were submitted to the two contests: the Indie Celebration and the Digital Dragons Indie Showcase, while media coverage reached to over 1.5 million people. In 2021, the Digital Dragons will be held online as a series of events organised from May to September.

About Kraków Technology Park:
Kraków Technology Park (KPT) has contributed to the development of proper conditions for the development of entrepreneurship for 20 years. For 10 years it has managed the Technology Incubator for IT start-ups. The KPT inspires the start-up community by organising numerous events including workshops, hackathons, and conferences that help to verify business concepts. Besides these, it runs KPT ScaleUp acceleration programme. Companies may count on the support of seed funds, tax reliefs offered by the Polska Strefa Inwestycji (Polish Investment Zone) programme, and preferential office space rental conditions. The KPT is particularly focused on Industry 4.0 and the video games industry. It is the leader of the hub4industry consortium aiming to provide comprehensive support for companies wishing to implement Industry 4.0 solutions. The KPT also organises Digital Dragons – the leading games industry event in Europe. The KPT also works with the international EIT Digital, which aims to drive the digital transformation in Europe.

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