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A new book by Professor Celia Pearce, Department of Art + Design, chronicles the story of IndieCade – an international festival that supports independent game development and organizes a series of international events showcasing the future of independent games – as told by one of its three co-founders. IndieCade: A History — The Interdependence of Independents situates IndieCade within a historical context, looking at the various factors of the indie ecosystem that have contributed to making independent games writ large such a major force in today’s video game industry. It explores its modest beginnings and evolving role in the larger independent games ecosystem over its decade-plus history.

Celia Pearce is an award-winning game designer, author, researcher, teacher, curator, and artist, specializing in multiplayer gaming and virtual worlds, independent art, and alternative game genres. Her recent work focuses on live action roleplaying and “playable theatre.” She is also the co-founder of IndieCade, and is considered a leader in games and diversity.