Indie Cup Canada 23 Winners!

In the dynamic realm of indie gaming, innovation and creativity take center stage, and the recent Indie Cup Canada '23 has proven to be a beacon for emerging talents. This online festival celebrates the spirit of independent game development and serves as a platform for recognizing excellence. Featuring awards for developers, an online showcase of new indie games, and a networking hub for potential collaborations, Indie Cup Canada '23 has left its mark on the gaming landscape.


The Indie Cup Canada '23 kicked off with a bang, setting the stage for what's to come in the indie gaming world. The "Most Anticipated Game Award" rightfully went to the captivating title, Été. As the curtains lifted on this upcoming gem, players were treated to a sneak peek of a game that promises nothing short of extraordinary. With its unique blend of gameplay mechanics and artistic vision, Été has already captured the hearts of many, solidifying its place as a game to watch in the coming months.

Été on Steam
Été is a relaxing painting game where you freely explore a city in the summer, collecting ideas in your album, creating artworks on canvas, and decorating your studio by selling your art to your neighbours.

CRITICS' CHOICE AWARD: Lil' Guardsman Stands Tall

In the world of indie games, capturing the attention of critics is no small feat. However, Lil' Guardsman caught the attention and the coveted "Critics' Choice Award." This recognition is a testament to the game's exceptional qualities, from its gameplay mechanics to its narrative depth. Lil' Guardsman emerges as a promising contender, proving that indie games have the power to leave a lasting impact on both players and industry experts alike.

Lil’ Guardsman on Steam
Imagine you’re a 12 year old, suddenly in charge of the guard shed at the castle gate, where you decide if elves, goblins and 100+ other characters should be admitted. It’s a wonderful combination of deduction, narrative and puzzle games.

RISING STAR AWARD: Spirit City: Lofi Sessions Sets the Mood

Now and then, a game showcases innovation and elevates the gaming experience to new heights. Spirit City: Lofi Sessions, recipient of the "Rising Star Award," is one such gem. This indie title not only caught the eyes of the judges but also resonated with players who appreciate the seamless integration of captivating visuals and a soulful soundtrack. Spirit City is poised to become a rising star in the indie gaming constellation, promising players a unique and immersive journey.

Spirit City: Lofi Sessions on Steam
Study, relax, or get productive in the cozy world of Spirit City. Set the mood with lofi beats and soundscapes, customize your character and spirit pet, and use the productivity tools to help you stay on task. All while discovering cute hidden spirits and adding them to your spirit collection.

MOST PROMISING GAME AWARD: Clam Man 2: Headliner Steals the Show

The "Most Promising Game Award" at Indie Cup Canada '23 goes to Clam Man 2: Headliner, an exciting sequel that promises to build on the success of its predecessor. With its quirky characters, engaging storyline, and innovative gameplay, Clam Man 2 stands out as a beacon of promise in the indie gaming landscape. As players eagerly anticipate its release, Clam Man 2 is undoubtedly a game that will make waves in the gaming community.

Clam Man 2: Open Mic on Steam
OPEN MIC is the free prologue to the upcoming Clam Man 2: Headliner - a narrative adventure RPG where you escape your boring desk job to become a comedian!

Indie Cup Canada '23 has not only celebrated the diversity and creativity of indie games but has also set the stage for the industry's future. Été, Lil' Guardsman, Spirit City: Lofi Sessions, and Clam Man 2: Headliner have emerged as the shining stars of this year's awards, each contributing to the rich tapestry of indie gaming. As we applaud these winners, we also look forward to the continued growth and innovation that the indie gaming community promises in the years to come. Congratulations to all the developers who showcased their talent at Indie Cup Canada '23, and here's to a future filled with groundbreaking indie games. We created A Gaming Network and are making it our mission to elevate Canadian content, including Canadian developers. We can't wait to check out not only the winners but the nominees as well. I want to thank Indie Cup for doing this, and we encourage you to check out all nominated developers. Check it out here