Seattle Indies Expo @ PAX

Melrose Market Studios
Monday, Sept 5th 2016
12pm - 9pm

Attendance is free as in free beer.

About the Seattle Indies Expo

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SIX (Seattle Indies Expo) is a one-day exhibition for independent game developers to get together, socialize, and show off their stuff. At SIX, you'll get to spend quality time with some of the friendliest and most down-to-earth devs around. What better way to escape the crowds of PAX than with the coolest of indie games?

Does it cost anything to attend?
Nope - attending the Seattle Indies Expo is completely free!

Where are you guys at?
We're at Melrose Market Studios, a six minute walk away from PAX. Check out the map!

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Do I need a PAX badge to attend?
Not at all! We're hosting this on PAX weekend, but SIX is currently separate from PAX. Everyone's invited!

Do you guys have an after-party?
Heck yeah we do! Between 6pm - 9pm, we'll be serving free snacks, free beer, and as always, free indie games!

I have another question!
Awesome - we love questions. If you're interested in becoming an exhibitor, sponsor, or volunteer, just keep scrolling. If you're looking to dive into the Seattle indie game scene, check out our Facebook page or seattleindies.org. For anything else, contact us!

Submit your game to SIX 2016!

Interested in submitting your game to SIX? Before you begin, please be aware of the following requirements, process, and general information:

Requirements and Limitations

  1. You must have a playable demo for our jurors to play and evaluate your game with.
  2. Unfortunately, we don't have enough room for all the games that apply to us each year. We have floorspace for 25 games, but received around 50 applications last year. The further along your game is in development, the better your game will score in juror reviews.
  3. We try to focus our expo on games from the Seattle area, or at least the greater Pacific Northwest. As such, we only accept a maximum of 5 games a year from outside the Pacific Northwest.
  4. If you're simultaneously applying to PAX Prime or Indie Megabooth, please let us know immediately if you are accepted into either. One of the goals of SIX is to allow lesser known games and developers to have a chance at the spotlight - as such, we will ask games that get accepted into PAX or IMB to pass their spot to the next game in line.
  5. As a courtesy, we ask that repeat exhibitors who have already demo'd the same game with us in the preceding year to re-apply only if they have substantial content & gameplay changes from the last year.
  6. Exhibitor applications close on June 24th, 11:59pm. Jurying begins immediately after, and ends July 16th, 11:59pm. Applicants will be contacted the next day with their juror feedback, and whether or not their game made it into SIX.

Costs

  1. It costs $6 to apply to SIX. Our panel of volunteer jurors each spend about 20 minutes playing your game, and we average 5 jurors per game. We sink a lot of our time into evaluating our games, and want to ensure a certain minimum effort as a barrier to entry.
  2. Please be aware that if you're been chosen to exhibit, the cost of a table is a further $66. We provide exhibitors with a table, a black tablecloth, power strips, some oddly small folding chairs (courtesy of Melrose), and dinner. Everything else such as devices, monitors, cables, and printed materials must be obtained on your own.

Selection Process

Seattle Indies Expo has a juror panel consisting of volunteers from the Seattle Indies community. Each game will receive a minimum of 4-5 jurors playing and reviewing a game. At the end of their written review is a simple Yes / No question for whether they think they game should be shown at SIX. If a game received 4 Yes's and 1 No, its final score is 4 / 5 = 80%. At the end of jurying, we select the 25 games with the highest scores (skipping games that do not meet the regional requirement or are already in PAX or IMB).

Our jury process guarantees that:

  1. Your game will be played by 4-5 jurors for a minimum of 20 minutes
  2. All applicants will receive a nicely formatted email and PDF containing juror feedback, including a list of actionable suggested improvements, and a list of positive quotes about the game. You can view a sample here to get an idea of what to expect.
  3. You retain the ability to use said quotes in PR & presskit materials (feel free to attribute to Seattle Indies Expo).
We think that the feedback process is well worth the $6 fee, and hope you agree! If you do, click the button below to get started! Apply to Exhibit

Check out previous SIXes

If you're interested in perusing our past game line-ups, getting an idea of our venue, or simply looking at pictures of people having an awesome time, take a look at our past years below!


SIX 2015


SIX 2014

Interested in helping SIX? Volunteer!

SIX is making an effort this year to involve all of the Seattle Indies community, not just the ones who have a game ready to show! Community members interested in volunteering their time can now contribute to the SIX line-up selection process as volunteer jurors.

What are the requirements?

  1. Jurors must be members of the Seattle Indies Facebook group.
  2. Jurors will have between June 26th and July 16th to judge games.
  3. We ask that volunteers play each game for a minimum of 20 minutes, to give each game a fair amount of time and consideration.
  4. Jurors must play a minimum of 10 randomly assigned games. After that, they're free to choose additional games (heck, judge them all for us, please!). Unfortunately, jurors who do not complete their required 10 games before the deadline will not be counted for voting.
  5. For each game, jurors will be asked to fill out a rubric of 5 questions. Written responses should be at least 200 characters each.
  6. Jurors who opt-in to review multi-player games will communicate with us directly to set up a day & time to play together in-person.

Become a Juror

If you're a roll-up-your-sleeves kinda person and would like to help us on the day of SIX, get in touch! We could always use help setting up, breaking down, running errands, helping the exhibitors, and sitting at the front table waving at people. Food and a swiggidy-sweet T-shirt will be provided as thanks for your time!

Volunteer!

SIX is looking for sponsors!

Interested in helping sponsor SIX? View our sponsorship tiers and RFP here.

Sponsor Us!

Questions? Get in touch!

Don't be shy - we love talking to people and press alike (we also have a presskit)!
Or, if you're a fan of brevity, you can also tweet us at @sixatpax!