Singapore, Mar 4, 2010 - (ACN Newswire) - Singapore games are kicking off the Year of the Tiger on a high note as CarneyVale: Showtime becomes the first Singapore game to close a distribution contract with Microsoft's Games for Windows-LIVE on the PC platform. First released on the Xbox LIVECommunity Games Channel, CarneyVale: Showtime has enjoyed widespread industry acclaim and was one of the pioneer titles on the Xbox LIVE Indie Games Channel. The game was among the top ten downloads in December 2008 and was named the No. 1 XNA Community Game of 2008 by Gamasutra. CarneyVale: Showtime was developed by the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab(1), a collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the multi-agency Interactive Digital Media R&D Programme Office (IDMPO) hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore and with support from the National Research Foundation. The game had earlier beaten 350 entries from around the world to win the top prize of US$40,000 at the 2008 Microsoft XNA Dream-Build-Play competition. It was also among the "Top 10 Independent Games Showcase Winners" at the 2009 Penny Arcade Expo (PAX 10) as well as a finalist at the 11th Annual Independent Games Festival in 2009 (Seumas McNally Grand Prize).