The hóPLAY International Festival of Independent Games is now five years old, bringing developers around the world to the beautiful city of Bilbao in order to share the best innovative games out there. The festival emphasizes on creativity, rewarding the winners in each of the categories with a prize of 5,000€ (around $6,150) while being “a meeting point for knowledge exchange between local and international companies, and also a space where the public can try out the most creative games and check out job opportunities” (visitors can perfectly assist the conferences and project presentations for free). This year’s edition was held between November 27th and December 3rd , and I was lucky to be there as part of the jury, getting to know great games and the event first-hand. So let’s take a look at the winners to check out why attending next year is quite a nice idea.

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