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Trailblazer Award Recognizes Pioneers of the Independent Game Development Community

BELLEVUE, Wash., October 20, 2011 – IndieCade, the International Festival of Independent Games, has bestowed its Trailblazer Award for Lifetime Achievement on Megan Gaiser, Chief Creative Strategy Officer (CCSO), Her Interactive. The award was presented to Ms. Gaiser at the 2011 Red Carpet Award Show Thursday, October 6, by actor Samm Levine. The Trailblazer Award honors pioneering videogame industry veterans whose careers and contributions embody the indie spirit and provide inspiration to others.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by IndieCade and to receive such an inspiring validation for our creativity, perseverance and dedication. I’m even more thrilled to be able to share this award with the rest of my team at Her Interactive,” said Trailblazer Award recipient, Megan Gaiser. “We started out with the slogan ‘for girls who aren’t afraid of a mouse.’ Now it’s ‘Dare to Play,’ and I’d like to extend that to all of you talented and creative people. Buck the system, ignore the naysayers, trust your gut and take risks to create extraordinary games!”

Ms. Gaiser is one of the sole survivors of the pioneering Girl Game Movement of the 1990’s. Her Interactive has delighted audiences of all stripes, helping keep the adventure game genre alive with its award-winning and beloved Nancy Drew series, which has sold more than nine million units worldwide. Ms. Gaiser was named one of the Game Industry’s 100 Most Influential Women by Next Generation and one of the Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Decade by Kotaku.

IndieCade supports independent game development and organizes a series of international events showcasing the future of independent games. It encourages, publicizes as well as cultivates innovation and artistry in interactive media; helping to create a public perception of games as rich, diverse, artistic and culturally significant. IndieCade events, related production and publication programs are designed to bring visibility to and facilitate the production of new works within the emerging independent game movement. Like the independent videogame developer community itself, IndieCade’s focus is global and includes producers in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Australia and anywhere else independent games are made or played. IndieCade was formed by Creative Media Collaborative, an alliance of industry producers and leaders founded in 2005. For more information, visit

About Her Interactive:

Her Interactive is the leading mystery-maker and pioneer of fun and inspiring interactive entertainment. The company, with 24 awards to its name, designs, develops and publishes high-quality, mystery adventure games and apps, and is the world leader in the mystery games category. Her Interactive’s Nancy Drew games have sold more than 9 million copies. This success, in part, is buoyed by the ever-increasing numbers of girls and women becoming avid game players. Nancy Drew players now include moms who have introduced their daughters to the girl detective, making her one of history’s longest-running iconic figures spanning generations. As the number-one PC mystery franchise since 2004, unit sales of the Nancy Drew series have exceeded those of Harry Potter, Myst and Tomb Raider.

More information about the company and the Nancy Drew games can be found at Find Her Interactive on Facebook at, or follow Her Interactive on Twitter – @HerInteractive.

About Nancy Drew:

Nancy Drew debuted in 1930 and is still going strong. She is a smart, independent, gutsy and resourceful teen detective who can crack even the toughest case. Published in 22 languages and with more than 100 million copies in print worldwide, Nancy Drew has engaged readers and served as a role model globally for generations.


Copyright 2011 Her Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Nancy Drew is a registered trademark of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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