The gaming arm of Fantastic Fest has some new digs.
Big news! Fantastic Arcade is moving and growing, and badges and submissions are now open. Read on for the press release:
AUSTIN, TX – May 3rd, 2017 – Fantastic Arcade, the independent video game showcase hosted by Fantastic Fest, is thrilled to announce that 2017 will mark its first year as a standalone games festival, making the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller location its new home. Over the course of the weekend of November 17th-19th, Fantastic Arcade will feature more games, tournaments, special screenings, talks, parties and prizes than ever before.
Alamo Mueller's Barrel O’ Fun event center will host the festival's arcade space, which will be free and open to the public during all three days of this year's Fantastic Arcade. The space will allow all guests of the Alamo Drafthouse to play dozens of brand-new and otherwise groundbreaking independent games, selected by Fantastic Arcade curators from submissions by developers from across the globe.
In addition, Fantastic Arcade's trademark tournaments, talks and special events will be held in one of Alamo Mueller’s adjacent and luxurious theaters, and will again be streamed live for those unable to attend. Seating for these events is guaranteed for all guests who pre-purchase a three-day pass, or arrive at the theater to purchase a single-day pass. Three-day passes are available now for $50, which also includes a downloadable bundle of Windows, Mac and Linux-compatible games, created especially to premiere at this year's Fantastic Arcade. Passes are in limited supply. The game bundle will be available for download November 17th, and will be available to purchase separately. Visit HERE for more information.
Fantastic Arcade has also now opened submissions for developers to enter their games for consideration in this year’s event. Full instructions are available HERE. Submissions to Fantastic Arcade will remain open until the August 31st deadline. A panel of Fantastic Arcade curators will select this year's Showcase and Spotlight games from among those submissions, in addition to the original titles which will premiere in custom-built arcade cabinets.
More information about all of the games available at this year's festival — as well as the lineup of exposition plays, panel discussions, developer talks and our fan-favorite nightly tournaments — will be announced in the run-up to the November 17th premiere. More information on this year's event, up to the minute news, and a showcase of games exhibited at prior events can be found HERE. Sign up for the Fantastic Arcade Fans mailing list for news as it is released.
If you've never been to Fantastic Arcade, you should know that it's holy ground for lovers of indie gaming. And this year's will be the biggest yet!