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Gayming LIVE 2022 Indie Festival, Friday 9th: All of the queer indie game trailers shown

Gayming LIVE is officially here, and one of our biggest features during the virtual showcase is the Indie Festival – featuring more than 30+ unique indies from developers all across the globe. And what’s a thing they’ve got in common? All are diverse and queer inclusive!

We’re passionate about highlighting queer and inclusive stories that don’t always get the limelight they deserve, especially due to the game’s industry push for ‘bigger is better’, leaving small creators behind. That’s why the Indie Festival is so important to Gayming LIVE – it’s a chance to get queer gamers the queer stories they’ve so desperately wanted for so long. And that’s why we’re highlighting the 3-day Indie Showcase!

Today’s first Indie Showcase highlighted 16 LGBTQ+ games that every queer gamer needs to have on their watchlist.

Read below to find out more about the incredible games and their developers shown in this first Indie Showcase.

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High Elo Girls – Split Fate Studios

High Elo Girls is an esports visual novel about embracing your dreams to become stronger. You’ll play as Rafaela, a college dropout turned substitute for Momentum Gaming (MMG), an ambitious team of five amateur players competing for a coveted spot in a closed esports league. 

High Elo Girls will release sometime in Spring 2023.

Gardener and the Wild Vines
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The Gardener and The Wild Vines – Finite Reflection Studios

Leap, slash, and climb your way to the top of magical towers in The Gardener and The Wild Vines, a platformer focused on a gay Gardener on a quest to rescue his love.

The Gardener and The Wild Vines is available to play now.

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A Long Journey to an Uncertain End – Crispy Creative

A Long Journey to an Uncertain End is a narrative management space opera where you recruit eclectic crew members, explore the known – and unknown – galaxy, make choices to drive your journey, and escape the clutches of your abusive ex… Who just so happens to be a spaceship.

A Long Journey to an Uncertain End will release sometime in 2022.

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Call Me Under – Lunaris Games

Call Me Under is a queer, narrative-driven eldritch noir visual novel. Choose between two faceless protagonists then dive into the 1950s and explore a world soaked in dark magic, mystery, and romance – all queer inclusive.

Call Me Under will release sometime in 2023.

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I Just Want To Be Single!! – Tsundere Studio

The anti-dating sim where you make friends instead of girlfriends! Play as a socially awkward non-binary and aromantic protagonist and navigate your way out of romantic conversations to befriend cuties instead!

I Just Want To Be Single!! will release sometime in the future.

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The Divine Speaker – Two and a Half Studios

The Divine Speaker is a story-rich 18+ BL/yaoi visual novel where you’ll follow alongside Raen, an orphan from the secluded city of Aurelia Cavella. Expelled from his home on a death sentence, his adventure will take him all over a world he didn’t even know existed.

The Divine Speaker is available to play now.

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Spellbound : The Magic Within – Wyrden Games

Spellbound: The Magic Within is a branching narrative, multiple ending , interactive visual novel. After discovering you have an abundance of magical energy your family send you to learn how to harness that power with an old family friend.

Spellbound: The Magic Within is available to play now.

I Deserve a Happy Ending
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I Deserve A Happy Ending – Man-Eater Games

“I deserve a happy ending” is a boys’ love fantasy visual novel in which the player follows the story of a prince who lives inside an unfinished book. With the help of the player, the prince sets out to finally achieve a happy ending for his story and, in the process, romance either a runaway elf or a former evil sorcerer.

I Deserve A Happy Ending is available to play now.

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Spellbook Demonslayers – Xendra

Spellbook Demonslayers is a roguelite horde survival game inspired by Vampire Survivors and Path of Exile: Choose your character, combine new spells & upgrades each run to defeat thousands of demons, then use your rewards to become stronger & faster

Spellbook Demonslayers is available to play now.

In Stars and Time
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What would you do if you were forced to relive your failures over and over again? In Stars and Time tells the story of Siffrin and their adventurer friends—a found family bound together by fate in order to end the tyrannical reign of an evil king.

In Stars and Time will release sometime in the future.

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Coral Island – Stairway Games

Coral Island is a vibrant and laid-back reimagining of farm sim games. Developed by the talented multinational team at Indonesia-based Stairway Games, Coral Island invites players to be who they want and experience enchanting island living at their own pace.

Coral Island is available to play on October 11, 2022.

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BOSSGAME: The Final Boss Is My Heart – Lilycore Games

Take charge of Sophie, sword priestess and generally anxious mess, and Anna, fire witch and localized disaster, as they fight, flirt, and try to pay the rent in BOSSGAME: The Final Boss Is My Heart!

Hunt horrifying devils, confront your corrupt employer, uncover the horrible secrets behind Mammon City, and prove that evil doesn’t stand a chance against the power of girlfriends.

BOSSGAME: The Final Boss Is My Heart will release on Steam in 2023.

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Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan – ManaVoid Entertainment

Rainbow Billy is a universal coming of age story about dealing with change in the world and accepting ourselves and others around us. After the evil Leviathan banishes color and joy from the World of Imagination, leaving its inhabitants anxiety-ridden husks, it’s up to Billy to make things right.

Armed with empathy, a talking fishing rod named Rodrigo, and their trusty boat Friend-Ship, Billy must restore the World of Imagination and free its good-hearted creatures.

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is available to play now.

Solace State
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Solace State: Emotional Cyberpunk Stories – Vivid Foundry Corp

Solace State is a 3D cyberpunk story-driven game about Chloe, a young hacker who empowers her friends and her city during a militarized biotech conspiracy.

Your choices in uncovering political intrigue, in intimate conversations, and in connecting with characters amid escalating tensions lead to one of multiple endings. 

Solace State: Emotional Cyberpunk Stories will release sometime in the future.

Mask of the Rose demo
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Mask of The Rose – Failbetter Games

Mask of the Rose is a marvellous romance with a hint of murder. Lose your heart to a stolen city in this game of amorous intrigue! Seek love, for yourself or your friends. Help a murdered man find justice. And watch out for the bats.

Explore the locales, lives, and loves of an impossible city. Exchange bon-mots with devils. Investigate the first murder where the victim can testify at the murderer’s trial. Dive into the sunken ruins of poor drowned Parliament. And if you’re truly reckless, fall in love.

Mask of the Rose is available to play in April 2023.

Night and Day – Ertal Games

When Paul moves to Paris in 1950, pursuing his dream of becoming a great artist, he meets an assortment of other “bohemians” trying to live out their dreams, being it becoming a painter as Paul, a writer or a jazz musician. Help him to achieve success, choose a love interest, take him on dates, and live a romantic adventure!

Night and Day is available to play now.

This was just the first day of our Indie Festival Showcase! Stick around for Saturday and Sunday to watch the other LGBTQ games that are part of the festival.

For more information about Gayming LIVE 2022’s Indie Festival, visit the official website.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.