Gamescom 2018 may have been some time ago, but thanks to our Big Indie Pitch, there's still a whole heap of games we saw that few other people did - and we're sitll thinking about them to this day.

It's always a joy to be the first to see a new indie game, to get your hands on an innovative title from a small studio way before it becomes the next big thing. Imagine being the first person to play Reigns or Florence.

That's why we set up the Big Indie Pitch. It's our regular international competition for indie developers. We run about 20 of them a year, all around the world, and they're a chance for local studios and individuals to show us what they're working on. There are prizes, sure. But the real winner is you, dear reader, who gets an exclusive glimpse at the underground hits of tomorrow.

Not so long ago, we held one of these much-celebrated BIPs at Gamescom 2018, Europe's biggest gaming convention and one of the best chances to see indie games from around the continent.

The clear winner was Airheart - Tales of Broken Wings, a colourful shmup which takes the action vertically and sees you catching flying fish and shooting down enemies, much like Amelia Earhart literally never did.

But there's so much more than that, covering a wide genre of games to boot. Expect RPGs, roguelikes, and a photo-collecting game for all the family. Each one is interesting and fun in their own way, and we thank each and every developer for swinging by to show off their game.

Want to take part yourself? Check out the Big Indie Pitch website for a list of all the upcoming pitches, and find out how you can get your game in front of our panel of judges.