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Today Activision announced that they're accepting submissions for the second Activision Independent Games Competition. Submissions will be accepted until December 31st of this year.

The Independent Games Competition is open to all indie developers with headquarters in the United States. The competition gives the winning developer funding for a completed work, title in development, or game concept. IndieCade, the organization behind the international video game festival of the same name, will run the competition. They'll comb through the submissions and pick out the semi-finalists.

"Working with IndieCade is allowing Activision to bring our message of support directly to the community," said Dave Stohl, Activision's Executive Vice President of Studios. "The programs IndieCade offers — conferences, awards and the annual IndieCade Festival, a celebration of independent studio success — touch the community core."

The first place winner of the IGC will get a cash award of $175,000. Second place will get $75,000. Regardless of how far along in development the submission is, the ownership will remain with the creator.

"This competition underscores Activision's commitment to fostering creativity in the independent development community," said Stohl. "Many of us began our careers as indies, so we are very proud to offer this kind of support and encouragement to a couple of the industry's young visionaries."

The previous Independent Games Competition took place earlier this year. Siege engine creation game Rigonauts and 2D strategy/shooter Dstroyed took home top honors.

Official rules and submission guidelines for IGC can be found at the official website. At the time of this writing the website's not up yet, though, so you'll have to wait a few on that.