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In 2021, citywide competitions are offered in the four 'Challenge Cities' - New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit (and the greater metro area), and Atlanta (and the greater metro area). Students outside of these locations should consult the National Competition page for rules and guidelines.
Challenge Cities are locations across the US, where the program supports teacher cohorts with year-round programming: NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Detroit. The program offers local, citywide competitions (which will be judged independently) that culminate in awards ceremonies and an online arcade of playable games. All participating students and teachers are invited to tune in. The awards ceremonies will take place in June 2021; details will be announced in June on the Events Pg.
Any student enrolled in a public or charter middle/high school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the greater metro areas of Atlanta and Detroit.
The competition is open to middle and high school students (grades 6th - 12th); students in 5th grade may also participate if they have officially entered middle school.
Home school students located in the 4 Challenge cities are eligible to participate if they report to the DOE.
If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact us!
RULES & ELIGIBILITY
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.
Winners are recognized in the following categories in each Challenge city (Atlanta, Detroit, LA and NYC) and for the National competition.
Best Game - ‘Resilience Through Games’ - Middle School
Best Game - ‘Resilience Through Games’ - High School
Best Game - ‘Advocating for Animals’ - Middle School
Best Game - ‘Advocating for Animals’ - High School
Best Game - ‘Build a Better World’ - Middle School
Best Game - ‘Build a Better World’ - High School
Grand Prize Winner – Best Overall Game
Competition winners will receive national recognition and win prizes such as games, technology, industry-related experiences and so much more. Each member of the Grand Prize Winning team in each competition will also receive a $1,000 Grand Prize scholarship.
The below guides summarize important information about the annual game design competition – and further details are available on the Competition Page.