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Bit Bash indie game festival is back for another year showcasing Chicago game devs

More than 40 games, music and libations at a new venue

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

The Chicago game development community is back for another year of Bit Bash, the festival celebrating everything weird and wonderful about indie games. Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13th tickets are on sale now for $25.00.

Now in its third year, Bit Bash is a non-profit organization with roots in the Chicago game dev community. Its goal is to create public-facing events that showcase local talent, while also creating a spectacle that will introduce people to new genres. Last year’s event attracted thousands, and this year’s new venue will hopefully hold even more.

"As part of our festival, we've got a large selection of games from Chicago developers, showcasing the talent in our own backyard," Bit Bash wrote in a press release issued earlier this week. "From We Are Chicago, a socially conscious game, to TumbleSeed, a game made by a local Apple Design Award winner, or Kissy Ghost, made from students from Columbia college, this year we’ve got more Chicago games and developers at our festival than ever before."

Other featured games include Soft Body, Sausage Sports Club, Regular Human Basketball, Real Winners: Victoryball and The Wild Eternal. In all more than 40 games will be on display alongside food, drink and musical performances.

Families are invited, with a special hour dedicated to kids in the early afternoon. There’s also an 18-and-over section of the event space dedicated to "destigmatize often sexually taboo subjects or non-discussed topics."

Tickets will be available the day of the event for $30. For more on last year’s event, you can read our story here.

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