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COMPETITION GUIDELINES

Games must be playable on a web browser and created in a free/open platform (i.e. Scratch, Unity, etc.). You will be asked to share your game URL and specify the platform in your entry form.

 

Games must be about one of the four 2021 Challenge themes.

 

Students may enter one game per theme (for a maximum of four submissions) either as an individual or as part of a team. Students must complete a serarate entry form for each game they submit to the competition. See PDF of submission form here.

 

All entries must be submitted during the submission period: Feb 1 - April 1, 2021 (11:59 PM EST)

 

 

WORKING IN TEAMS

  • Students can submit a game as an individual, or in a team of up to four people.

  • Each team member must satisfy the eligibility requirements, which includes being able to provide a working email and proof of parent/guardian permission upon request.

  • Each team must designate a 'Team Leader' to complete ONE submission form on behalf of the team and to serve as the representative for all Challenge-related communications.

  • If anyone on the team is under age 13, the Team Leader must be an adult.  

 

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

Jurors will evaluate all games using the following criteria: Gameplay, Use of Theme, Originality and Wow Factor.

 

Gameplay:

  • Is the game playable?

  • Is it smooth and bug-free?

  • Is gameplay well-balanced (not too easy / not too hard)?

  • Do players have meaningful choices in the process of achieving the game's goals?

 

Use of Theme:

  • Does the game address its theme in a meaningful way

  • Is the theme at the forefront of the game?

  • Is the theme information presented clearly and accurately?

 

Originality:

  • Is the game new, fresh and innovative?

  • How unique is the design and game concept?

  • Does it bear little resemblance to other student games (particularly in the case of Scratch remixes)?

 

Wow Factor:

  • How fun is the game?

  • Would you recommend it to someone else to play?

 

 

JUDGING PROCESS

Games are judged in three phases, both quantitatively and qualitatively by panels of expert jurors.

  • PHASE I: Each submission is played and scored by a minimum of three jurors; the highest scoring games in each category become competition finalists.

  • PHASE II: Finalist games are played by panels of theme experts and game professionals to determine the winners of each award category. (See: list of award categories).

  • PHASE III: Winning games are played by a special jury industry veterans to determine the Grand Prize Winner. 

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

 

Jurors will evaluate all games using the following criteria: Gameplay, Use of Theme, Originality and Wow Factor  (see details here). Finalist games will be selected and notified via email in May 2021.

 

  • GAMEPLAY:

    • Is the game playable?

    • Is it smooth and bug-free?

    • Is gameplay well-balanced (not too easy / not too hard)?

    • Do players have meaningful choices in the process of achieving the game's goals?

  • USE OF THEME:

    • Does the game address its theme in a meaningful way

    • Is the theme at the forefront of the game?

    • Is the theme information presented clearly and accurately?

  • ORIGINALITY:

    • Is the game new, fresh and innovative?

    • How unique is the design and game concept?

    • Does it bear little resemblance to other student games (particularly in the case of Scratch remixes)?

  • WOW FACTOR:

    • How fun is the game?

    • Would you recommend it to someone else to play?

 

AWARD CEREMONY & PRIZES

  • All students are invited to attend the G4C Student Challenge Awards Ceremony in June 2021 (Exact dates TBA soon!). Finalists will exhibit their games as part of an Awards Showcase and winners will be annouced during an on-stage Awards Ceremony.

  • Each city will host a local Award Ceremony to celebrate competitors and announce competition winners.

  • Competition winners will receive national recognition and prizes such as games, technology, theme and experiential opportunities and so much more!

  • One Grand Prize Winner from each city will receive a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of Take-Two Interactive. If the Grand Prize winning game was created by a team of students, each student will receive the $1,000 Scholarship.