GDC IGF and Choice Awards Sponsorships

GDC 2015
March 2-6, 2015
Expo Dates: March 4-6
Moscone Convention Center
San Francisco, CA

The Independent Games Festival and the Game Developers Choice Awards show are the most respected and influential award shows in the industry, recognizing excellence and innovation within the indie, professional and student communities.

For an overview of the IGF, including competition rules, important dates, prizes, press coverage and current sponsors, click here.

For an overview of the Choice Awards, including competition rules, important dates, prizes, press coverage and current sponsors, click here.

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IGF Sponsorships
16th Annual IGF is the "Sundance Film Festival" of the game industry, honoring the Indie and Student communities
Choice Award Sponsorships
The 14th Annual Choice Awards honor the professional game community, and are truly "for developers by Developers," with awards voted on by the game developer community

IGF Sponsorships


IGF Platinum Sponsor - $80,000

IGFThe IGF title sponsorship has proven to be one of the most effective vehicles for reaching and influencing the Indie Community. Streamed live on the web to the following outlets: gamespot.com channels; YouTube and TwitchTV (over 100,000 viewers), covered by industry and mainstream press, and celebrated among independent developers, the IGF platform is the perfect way to reach, educate and influence developers.

Pre-event Exposure:

  • Platinum sponsor billing, logo and link on homepage of IGF website.
  • Platinum sponsor billing, large logo and link at the top of the Sponsors page on the IGF website. Includes a 25 word company description.
  • Platinum sponsor billing and logo on gdconf.com IGF page
  • Platinum sponsor billing and logo on jointhegamenetwork.com IGF page
  • Platinum sponsor logo listing in one (1) GDC Update e-newsletter. Based on availability and sign-on date.
  • 160x600 banner to run on gdconf.com network of sites. See banner spec details
  • Sponsorship title, logo and 25 word company description on gdconf.com sponsor page

On-site Exposure:

  • Platinum sponsor billing and large logo on sponsor page of the awards program, accompanied by a 50 word text description.
  • Platinum sponsor billing and logo in event description in GDC Event Guide. Based on availability and date assets are received.
  • Small pod within IGF Pavilion.
  • Platinum sponsor billing and logo on IGF page in GDC Event Guide. Based on availability and date assets are received.
  • Platinum sponsor billing and large logo on IGF Pavilion banner. Based on availability and date assets are received
  • Platinum sponsor billing and logo on pod headers for main competition for IGF Pavilion (Exclusive)
  • One (1) lightbox prominently placed in Moscone Center. Select available location with sales representative
  • One (1) large hanging banner in Moscone Convention Center. Sponsor produces (see sales representative for available locations)
  • One (1) spinning tower banner. Production included. Sponsor to send artwork by TBD.
    Spinning Towers Banner example
  • One (1) tote bag insert distributed to all conference attendees, speakers, and press at GDC
  • One (1) branded micro app or survey on GDC Mobile App (appears on home menu screen with the "event brand" icons). Micro app icon can appear as company logo and link to mobile friendly webpage. Note: GDC Show Management can create a mobile friendly page promoting your booth/sponsored session if needed.
  • One (1) custom badge on GDC Mobile App
  • Full page, four color ad in GDC Event Guide and in awards program. Sponsor to provide print ready artwork.
  • Logo placement on IGF ad in GDC Event Guide. Based on availability and date assets are received.
  • Text mention on invitation to Nominee Reception
  • Twenty-five (25) GDC Expo Passes
  • Six (6) All Access Passes to GDC

Awards Presentation Exposure:

  • Platinum Sponsor billing and logo on Sponsor "Thank You" slide.
  • Sponsor can submit video for editorial approval to air during IGF Ceremony
  • Ability to give away gifts to IGF Finalists
  • Sponsor recognition in welcome and farewell speech.
  • Ten (10) invitations to Pre-Ceremony Nominee Reception
  • Option to submit proposal to participate in ceremony (editorial approval is required.)
  • VIP table for 10 at awards ceremony.

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IGF Gold Sponsor (Non-exclusive) - $35,000

IGFThe IGF platform is the perfect vehicle to reach, educate and influence the indie community. Streamed live on the web to the following outlets: gamespot.com channels; YouTube and TwitchTV (over 100,000 viewers), covered by industry and mainstream press and celebrated among independent developers, become associated with the most respected independent award show in the game industry.

Pre-event Exposure:

  • Gold sponsor billing, logo and link on homepage of IGF website
  • Gold sponsor billing, logo and link on Sponsors page on the IGF website. Includes a 50 word company description
  • Gold sponsor billing and logo on gdconf.com IGF page
  • Gold sponsor billing and logo on jointhegamenetwork.com IGF page
  • Gold sponsor logo listing in one (1) GDC Update e-newsletter. Based on availability and sign-on date.
  • Sponsorship title, logo and 50 word company description on gdconf.com sponsor page

On-site Exposure:

  • Gold sponsor billing and logo on sponsor page of the awards program, accompanied by a 50 word text description.
  • Gold sponsor billing and logo in event description in GDC Event Guide
  • Gold sponsor billing and logo on IGF page in GDC Event Guide. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received.
  • Gold sponsor billing and logo on IGF pavilion banner. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received.
  • Text mention on invitation to Nominee Reception
  • One (1) lightbox prominently placed in Moscone Center. Select available location with sales representative
  • One (1) medium hanging banner in Moscone Convention Center. Sponsor produces (see sales representative for available locations)
  • One (1) spinning tower banner. Production included. Sponsor to send artwork by TBD.
    Spinning Towers Banner example
  • Two (2) All Access Passes
  • Fifteen (15) GDC Expo Passes

Awards Presentation Exposure:

  • Gold sponsor billing and logo on Sponsor "Thank You" slide
  • Sponsor can submit video for editorial approval to air during IGF Ceremony
  • Ability to give away gifts to IGF Finalists
  • Half page ad in Awards Program
  • Sponsor thanked during IGF ceremony opening remarks
  • Five (5) invitations to pre-ceremony reception
  • VIP table for 5 in exclusive area at awards ceremony

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IGF Silver Sponsor (Non-exclusive) - $20,000

The IGF platform is the perfect vehicle to reach, educate and influence the indie community. Streamed live on the web to the following outlets: gamespot.com channels; YouTube and TwitchTV (over 100,000 viewers), covered by industry and mainstream press, and celebrated among independent developers, become associated with the most respected independent award show in the game industry.

Pre-event Exposure:

  • Silver sponsor billing, logo and link on homepage of IGF website
  • Silver sponsor billing, logo and link on Sponsors page on the IGF website. Includes a 50 word company description
  • Silver sponsor billing and logo on gdconf.com IGF page
  • Silver sponsor billing and logo on jointhegamenetwork.com IGF page
  • Sponsorship title, logo and 25 word company description on gdconf.com sponsor page

On-site Exposure:

  • Silver sponsor billing and logo on sponsor page of the awards program, accompanied by a 50 word text description
  • Silver sponsor billing and logo in event description in GDC Event Guide
  • Silver sponsor billing and logo on IGF page in GDC Event Guide
  • Silver sponsor billing and logo on IGF Pavilion banner. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received.
  • Ten (10) GDC Expo Passes

Awards Presentation Exposure:

  • Silver sponsor billing and logo on Sponsor "Thank You" slide
  • Sponsor thanked during IGF ceremony opening remarks
  • Five (5) invitations to Pre-Ceremony Nominee Reception
  • Seating in preferred section

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IGF Student Showcase Platinum Sponsor - $24,000

IGF Student ShowcaseThe IGF platform is the perfect vehicle to showcase the fruit of your school’s curriculum. Streamed live on the web to the following outlets: gamespot.com channels; YouTube and TwitchTV (over 100,000 viewers), covered by industry and mainstream press, and celebrated among the game development community, become associated with the most respected award show in the game industry.

Pre-event Exposure:

  • Sponsorship title, logo and link on homepage of IGF website
  • Sponsorship title, logo and link on Sponsors page on the IGF website. Includes a 50 word company description
  • Sponsorship title and logo on gdconf.com IGF page
  • Sponsorship title and logo on jointhegamenetwork.com IGF page
  • Sponsorship title, logo and 25 word company description on gdconf.com sponsor page

On-site Exposure:

  • Sponsorship title and logo on sponsor page of the awards program, accompanied by a 50 word text description
  • Sponsorship title and logo near event description in GDC Event Guide
  • Sponsorship title and logo on IGF page in GDC Event Guide
  • Sponsorship title and logo on IGF Pavilion banner. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received.
  • Half page, four color ad in awards program (Sponsor provides print ready artwork)
  • Sponsorship title and logo on pod headers for Student Showcase. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received. Pods located in the IGF Pavilion at GDC (Exclusive).
  • Text mention on invitation to Nominee Reception
  • Fifteen (15) GDC Expo Passes

Awards Presentation Exposure:

  • Sponsor title and logo on Sponsor "thank you" slide
  • Sponsor thanked during IGF ceremony opening remarks
  • Five (5) invitations to Pre-Ceremony Nominee Reception
  • Seating in preferred section

IGF Student Showcase Gold Sponsor - $16,000

The IGF platform is the perfect vehicle to showcase the fruit of your school’s curriculum. Streamed live on the web to the following outlets: gamespot.com channels; YouTube and TwitchTV (over 100,000 viewers), covered by industry and mainstream press, and celebrated among the game development community, become associated with the most respected award show in the game industry.

Pre-event Exposure:

  • Sponsorship title, logo and link on homepage of IGF website
  • Sponsorship title, logo and link on sponsors page on the IGF website. Includes a 50 word company description
  • Sponsorship title and logo on gdconf.com IGF page
  • Sponsorship title and logo on jointhegamenetwork.com IGF page
  • Sponsorship title, logo and 50 word company description on gdconf.com sponsor page

On-site Exposure:

  • Sponsorship title and logo on sponsor page of the awards program, accompanied by a 50 word text description
  • Sponsorship title and logo near event description in GDC Event Guide
  • Sponsorship title and logo on IGF page in GDC Event Guide
  • Sponsorship title and logo on IGF Pavilion banner. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received.
  • Text mention on invitation to Nominee Reception
  • Ten (10) GDC Expo Passes

Awards Presentation Exposure:

  • Sponsorship title and logo on Sponsor "Thank You" slide
  • Sponsor thanked during IGF ceremony opening remarks
  • Five (5) invitations to Pre-Ceremony Nominee Reception
  • Seating in preferred section

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IGF Platform Sponsorship - $45,000

The IGF platform is the perfect vehicle to reach, educate and influence the indie community. Streamed live on the web to the following outlets: gamespot.com channels; YouTube and TwitchTV (over 100,000 viewers), covered by industry and mainstream press, and celebrated among independent developers, become associated with the most respected independent award show in the game industry.

Pre-event Exposure:

  • Sponsorship title, logo and link on homepage of IGF website
  • Sponsorship title, logo and link on Sponsors page on the IGF website. Includes a 50 word company description
  • Sponsorship title and logo on gdconf.com IGF page
  • Sponsorship title and logo on jointhegamenetwork.com IGF page
  • 160x600 banner to run on gdconf.com network of sites. See banner spec details
  • Sponsorship title, logo and 50 word company description on gdconf.com sponsor page

On-site Exposure:

  • 'Pod' within IGF Pavilion for sponsor, allowing staffed area within Pavilion where platform's indie titles can be demonstrated and evangelized to IGF finalists and other GDC visitors. IGF to provide pod and electrical, sponsor to provide hardware and staffing
  • Sponsorship title and logo on sponsor page of the awards program, accompanied by a 25 word text description
  • Sponsorship title and logo in event description in GDC Event Guide
  • Sponsorship title and logo on IGF page in GDC Event Guide
  • Sponsorship title and logo on IGF Pavilion banner. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received
  • Thirty-five (35) GDC Expo Passes.
  • One (1) bBranded micro app on GDC Mobile App (appears on home menu screen with the "event brand" icons). Micro app icon can appear as company logo and link to mobile friendly webpage. Note: GDC Show Management can create a mobile friendly page promoting your booth/sponsored session if needed.

Awards Presence Exposure:

  • Option to submit proposal to participate in ceremony (editorial approval is required.)
  • Ability to give away gifts to IGF Finalists
  • Sponsorship title and logo on Sponsor "thank you" slide
  • Sponsor thanked during IGF ceremony opening remarks
  • Five (5) invitations to Pre-Ceremony Nominee Reception
  • Five (5) seats at an exclusive VIP table at awards ceremony

NOTE: this sponsorship is only available to game hardware platforms.

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Choice Awards Sponsorships


Choice Platinum Sponsor - $35,000

GDCAThe Choice Awards platform is the perfect vehicle to reach, educate and influence the professional game development community. Truly an award show "for developers by developers," with the categories and awards being voted on by the game developer community. Become associated with the best professional award show in the game industry.

Pre-event Exposure:

  • Platinum Sponsor billing, logo, and link on homepage of Game Developers Choice Awards website
  • Platinum Sponsor billing, large logo, and link at the top of the Sponsors page on the Game Developers Choice Awards website. Includes a 50 word company description
  • Platinum Sponsor billing and logo on gdconf.com Choice Awards page
  • Platinum Sponsor billing and logo on jointhegamenetwork.com Choice Award page
  • Platinum Sponsor logo listing in one (1) GDC Update email. Based on availability and sign-on date.
  • Text mention on Nominee Reception Invitation
  • 160x600 banner to run on gdconf.com network of sites. See banner spec details
  • Sponsorship title, logo and 50 word company description on gdconf.com sponsor page
  • One (1) branded micro app on GDC Mobile App (appears on home menu screen with the "event brand" icons). Micro app icon can appear as company logo and link to mobile friendly webpage. Note: GDC Show Management can create a mobile friendly page promoting your booth/sponsored session if needed.

On-site Exposure:

  • Platinum Sponsor billing and large logo and tagline on Sponsors page of the awards program, accompanied by a 50 word text description
  • Platinum Sponsor billing and logo and tagline in event description in GDC Event Guide
  • Platinum Sponsor billing and logo and tagline on all Choice Awards signage within the Moscone Convention Center. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received.
  • One (1) dedicated banner within the Moscone Convention Center to include only Platinum sponsor and Choice Awards logos. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received.
  • Full page, four color ad in GDC Event Guide and in awards program (Sponsor provides print ready artwork)
  • Three (3) All Access Passes
  • Fifteen (15) Expo Passes

Awards Presentation Exposure:

  • Platinum Sponsor billing and logo on Sponsor "Thank You" slide
  • Sponsor can submit video for editorial approval to air during Choice Awards Ceremony
  • Sponsor recognition in welcome and farewell speech
  • Ten (10) Invitations to Pre-Ceremony Nominee Reception
  • VIP table for 10 in exclusive area at awards ceremony
  • Option to submit proposal to participate in ceremony (Editorial approval is required)

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Choice Gold Sponsor (Non exclusive) - $25,000

Choice AwardsThe Choice Awards platform is the perfect vehicle to reach, educate and influence the professional game development community. Truly an award show "for developers by developers," with the categories and awards being voted on by the game developer community. Become associated with the best professional award show in the game industry - over 10 years running.

Pre-event Exposure:

  • Gold Sponsor billing, logo, and link on homepage of Game Developers Choice Awards website
  • Gold Sponsor billing, large logo, and link at the top of the Sponsors page on the Game Developers Choice Awards website. Includes a 50 word company description
  • Gold Sponsor billing and logo on gdconf.com Choice Awards page
  • Gold Sponsor billing and logo on jointhegamenetwork.com Choice Awards page
  • Opportunity to run a flash video on gamechoiceawards.com. Based on sign-on date and availability.
  • Text mention on Nominee Reception Invitation
  • 160x600 banner to run on gdconf.com network of sites. Starts as soon as sponsor sends creative and runs through GDC. See banner spec details
  • Sponsorship title, logo and 50 word company description on gdconf.com sponsor page

On-site Exposure:

  • Gold Sponsor billing and logo on Sponsors page of the awards program, accompanied by a 50 word text description
  • Gold Sponsor billing and logo in event description in GDC Event Guide
  • Gold Sponsor billing and logo on Choice Awards signage within the Moscone Convention Center. Based on sign-on date and date assets are received.
  • Full page, four color ad in GDC Event Guide and in awards program (Sponsor provides print ready artwork)

Awards Presentation Exposure:

  • Gold Sponsor billing and logo on Sponsor "Thank You" slide
  • Sponsor can submit video for editorial approval to air during Choice Awards Ceremony
  • Sponsor recognition in welcome and farewell speech
  • Five (5) Invitations to Pre-Ceremony Nominee Reception
  • VIP table for 5 in exclusive area at awards ceremony

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IGF & Choice Nominee Reception (Exclusive) - $45,000

A welcoming celebration and networking hour dedicated to the IGF and Choice Award Shows. The reception gathers the 'best of the best' from the professional, indie and student communities.

Pre-event Exposure:

  • Sponsorship title, logo and link on GDC website and respective awards sites.
  • Sponsorship title and logo on gdconf.com Choice Awards page
  • Sponsorship title and logo on jointhegamenetwork.com Choice Awards page
  • Sponsorship title and logo on invitation to Nominee Reception
  • 160x600 banner to run on gdconf.com network of sites. See banner spec details
  • Sponsorship title, logo and 50 word company description on gdconf.com sponsor page

On-site Exposure:

  • One (1) medium hanging banner in convention center (sponsor to produce)
  • Mobile Push notification to promote competition to attendees via GDC Mobile App
  • 1 pre event and onsiteon-site social media post. Content to be provided by GDC Show Management
  • One (1) spinning tower banner. Production included. Sponsor to send artwork by TBD.
    Spinning Towers Banner example
  • One (1) lightbox in convention center (Show Management produces, sponsor to send creative by TBD)
  • Sponsorship title and large logo on sponsor page of the awards program, accompanied by a 50 word text description
  • Logo in event description in GDC Event Guide
  • Two (2) All Access Passes to GDC

Awards Presentation Exposure:

  • Sponsor video to be played during reception – no audio
  • VIP table for 10 in exclusive area at awards ceremony
  • Logo appearance on screens during nominee reception
  • Sponsorship title and logo on Sponsor "Thank You" slide
  • Sponsor recognition in welcome and farewell speech
  • Opportunity to distribute cups, napkins, etc., with logo (production not included, additional fees may apply)
  • GDC Show Management will cater the event with food/beverage for event.

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