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Ten days of Freeplay to mark ten years of Freeplay. April 10-19, 2015.

Freeplay is Australia’s longest-running and largest independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia.

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Friday 10 April

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Freeplay's 2023 leadership team: Mads Mackenzie (front left), Louie Roots (front centre) and Creatrix Tiara (front right). Freeplay welcomes Mads Mackenzie and Louie Roots as our new co-directors – and Creatrix Tiara as our first Awards Lead.   Next year is...

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Update on the Freeplay review

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About Freeplay

 

Freeplay is Australia’s longest-running and largest independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia. Freeplay draws Australia’s independent game community together at its conference, public events program, arcade, and awards. The festival joins players, makers, critics, artists, academics, and students for a critical celebration of the artistry of games and digital culture.

Since 2004, Freeplay has played host to thousands of attendees and hundreds of talks from speakers such as Harvey Smith (Deus Ex), Kieron Gillen (Rock, Paper, Shotgun), Jonathan Blow (Braid), Brandon Boyer (IGF chair), Adam Saltsman (Canabalt), Mare Sheppard (N+), Tesuya Mizaguchi (Rez), Erin Robinson (Gravity Ghost), and Steve Swink (Scale). Freeplay has a proud history of showcasing local independent games at both its arcade and awards, including Jolly Rover (Best Australian Game 2010), Antichamber (Best Australian Game 2011), Stickets (Best Australian Game 2012), and Framed (Best Australian Game 2013). Iconically-Melbourne, Freeplay has consistently been part of the city’s culture, having partnered with ACMI, the State Library of Victoria, Next Wave, The Wheeler Centre, and Federation Square over the years.

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