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This year, we are excited to launch a National Competition, giving students across the United States the opportunity to submit their original social impact games to the G4C Student Challenge. Projects submitted to the national competition will be judged/awarded separately from the local competitions. Students located in the program ‘Challenge Cities’ of New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Atlanta should consult the Local Competitions page for rules and guidelines.



 Any middle or high school student in the U.S.




Age Guidelines

  Students under 18 must have the consent of a parent, teacher or guardian to submit a game to the competition. Contact information (email and phone number) for this individual must be included on the submission form.

  Students under 13 will need a teacher or guardian to submit a game on their behalf.

  All applicants may be required to provide verification of enrollment, age and parental/legal guardian permission.


Number of Game Submissions

  Applicants may submit one game per theme category (either as an individual or as part of a team).

  Educators may submit a game to the competition on their students’ behalf.

  The content of all games must be in accordance with the Student Challenge Terms of Use



The National competition will recognize 1 middle school winner and 1 high school winner in the following categories, in each of the four themes:

  Best Gameplay

Recognizes games with highly engaging and polished gameplay.

  • Gameplay is well-balanced (not too hard; not too easy) and communicates. clear goals and rules.
  • Game runs smoothly, behaves as expected, and is bug-free.
  • Players have meaningful choices in the process of achieving the goal.

  Best Use of Theme

Recognizes games that present theme content in an accurate and meaningful way.

  • The theme is at the forefront of the game, authentically connected to players’ actions and goals.
  • Game addressed the theme in a meaningful and impactful way, promoting real change or inspiring action.
  • Information around the theme is accurate and clearly presented.

  Most Innovative Game

Recognizes games that are unique, creative, inventive and stand out from the pack.

  • The aesthetics and mechanics of the game greatly enhance the player’s experience.
  • The art style, animation, and/or sound design are exciting and distinctive (ie: the creator(s) put their own personal style and mark on the game.
  • The game is fresh and innovative and bears little resemblance to other games.

  Grand Prize Winner

Recognizes this year’s top scoring game across all four theme categories. Grand Prize Winners will be determined at the middle school and high school level.



Competition winners will receive national recognition and win prizes such as games, technology,  theme content, industry-related experiences and so much more. The Grand Prize winning team will also receive a $1,000 Grand Prize scholarship.