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For years, Microsoft’s Dream.Build.Play Challenge has showcased and inspired some of the best and most innovative indie games around. Developers get the chance to compete for cash and prizes as well as showcase the fruits of their labors to the world. Most winners produce their games on Xbox 360 and XBLIG titles, with many seeing PC releases as well.

The 2012 competition looks to be the best one yet. For the first time, the contest will feature a Windows Phone category. The winners will likely go on to be hit indie titles in the Marketplace, but there’s always a chance they’ll be picked up as Xbox Live titles instead. The 2008 winner, Carneyvale: Showtime, went on to become a Games for Windows Live title on PC and Xbox Live title on Windows Phone.

The Dream.Build.Play Challenge is open to developers from around the world. Games are evaluated on the criteria of Innovation, Fun Factor, and Production Quality. Winners will be announced in the summer of 2012. Learn more about the contest and past winners at the official Dream.Build.Play web site and the Facebook fan page.