Activision today announced the winners of the Activision Independent Games Competition, as judged by indie game event organizers IndieCade.

The publisher awarded $175,000 to Christopher Hui, developer of Iron Dragon, "an action flight adventure" for touch screens.

Second place went to Michael Stanton, who won $75,000 for his "multiplayer action game built on an original engine," Planet Smashers.

"We were excited with the quality, creativity and diversity we saw in the submissions we received for the Games Competition," Activision VP of External Development Dan Winters said in a press release. 

"While the games themselves varied, the unifying theme for everyone involved in the competition has been passion. We want to thank the talented developers who submitted their work and our partners at IndieCade. The energy and enthusiasm of the indie community continues to inspire us and we're thrilled to help make their dreams become reality."

Both developers retain the rights to their properties, so it will be interesting to see where and when these pop up for sale.

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