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Valve to offer distribution agreements to Independent Games Festival finalists in 2013

Valve will offer Steam distribution agreements to all Main Competition finalists in the 2013 Independent Games Festival, according to a press release from the Game Developers Conference organizers.

The agreements will allow the finalists to bring their games to Valve's digital distribution service, which is available on Windows, Mac and Linux. The finalists for the the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Excellence in Design, Excellence in Art, Excellence in Narrative, Technical Excellence, Excellence in Audio and the Nuovo Award categories will be featured on Steam.

Earlier this year, amid accusations that IGF jurors did not spend much time with each game, the IGF announced several rule changes. These changes exclude previous finalists and delayed the submission perios while the organization deployed a new judging back-end to foster contact between jurors and developers.

The 2013 Independent Games Festival will be held March 25 - 29 in San Francisco alongside the Game Developers Conference. Previous IGF winners include Braid, World of Goo, Super Meat Boy and Fez.