In February, Danish developer Triband won the Indie Prize for “Most Innovative Game” at Casual Connect in Amsterdam with their upcoming mobile title That Selfie Game. We asked the studio’s Rune K. Drewsen for his tips on what to do when accepting an award:
When nominated – always do a high-five!
“When we found out that we were nominated, we performed our “highly advanced” triple-high-five. The Casual Connect Indie Prize might not be that fancy, but (we knew that) having an early prototype of our new game nominated could help us take the game further. We already had a few meetings booked during Casual Connect – it’s a very good place to meet people with a strong focus on mobile games – so (the award) fit very well with our plans. We had mainly (attended) to get some feedback on the prototype and have some strategic meetings.”
Show your game to everyone
“In earlier years, (Indie Prize) judges got to try nominated games on the show floor, giving game developers a chance to influence them – they changed that this year. That did not keep us from demo-ing That Selfie Game to everyone – both at the show and at all the parties.
I was the one in charge of booking plane tickets, and to be honest I (reserved) a late flight home just so we could celebrate a possible win in Amsterdam. However everyone was tired, and Tim (Tim Garbos, Triband co-founder) and I were going to a game jam in Norway next day. Nevertheless, we did manage to drink a few well-deserved victory beers after the award show.”
Don’t make-up last minute jokes
“Due to a packed meeting schedule, I was the only one from Triband able to attend the (Indie Prize) show. The first award went to an Egyptian that had not been able to get a visa, and therefore could not accept (the prize) in person. So when I accepted our award, I made up an “on the spot” political joke about Denmark’s immigration policy – and you could see the hosts not knowing if they should turn off the microphone, cue the music or just keep smiling… (In the end) they kept smiling, and the show went on. So… if you don’t want to be thrown off stage, this is not a strategy I would advise following.”
Use an award to open doors
“The (Indie Prize) is very useful for knocking on the doors of (potential) business partners, which is precisely what we intend to do. However (since) the award is made of glass, you should probably knock gently.”
Triband is a new Danish independent games studio based in Copenhagen, founded by Peter Bruun, Tim Garbos and Rune K. Drewsen.
Learn more about Triband and That Selfie Game at triband.net.
Photo credit: Sebastian Bularca