Being an indie developer grants you all sorts of artistic freedom, but you lose the financial backbone that comes from working with a publisher. In a move that potentially offers developers the best of both worlds, Steam and the Independent Games Festival (IGF) have struck a deal to provide all competition finalists with a Steam distribution deal.

This offer is extended to the finalists in all categories, which include the Seumus McNally Grand Prize, Excellence In Design, Excellence In Art, Excellence In Narrative, Technical Excellence, Excellence in Audio, and the Nuovo Award. In other words, you can expect a whole lot of indie goodness to make its way onto Steam next year.

The finalists, who are decided upon by a team of 200 judges, will be announced in January of next year. Then, during the Game Developer’s Conference in March, the winners will be announced and awarded with cool trophies