Unity Technologies, the provider of the Unity development platform for PC, Mac, Wii and iPhone is proud to announce it is the Gold Sponsor of the Independent Games Festival (IGF) at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC), to be held in San Francisco in March 2010.

As part of its Gold sponsorship, Unity is supporting all of the finalists by giving them a copy of the Unity Pro package (worth $1,500) to every winning team member - in addition to one copy for each finalist team.

Nicholas Francis, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Unity said, "We're honored to be sponsoring the IGF - Unity started out as an indie game studio, so in a way this feels like coming home. We can't wait to have some of these talented developers see what we do, so we'd like to give away a lot of Unity Pro copies. In short, we're proud to sign on as sponsors and show our support for Indie gaming."

Now in its 12th year, the IGF has become the launchpad for a host of popular independent studios, with games like World of Goo, Gish, Braid, Castle Crashers and Everyday Shooter receiving worldwide attention and commercial success after winning these prestigious awards.

The 2010 Independent Games Festival has its Main Competition open for submissions until November 1st, with the Student Competition taking entries until November 15th. Finalists will be announced in January 2010, with the IGF Pavilion showing all the games on the GDC show floor from March 11th-13th, 2010, and the major IGF Awards ceremony taking place on the night of March 11th.

"We're very pleased to have Unity on board as a Gold Sponsor for this year's Independent Games Festival", said Simon Carless, Chairman of the IGF. "We very much appreciate their support for the independent game community as the sector continues to grow and flourish."