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How do I submit an entry to the competition?

Fill out a submission form to officially enter yourself in the competition (click on "My Submissions" on the lefthand toolbar of this page to start). For reference, here are sample submission forms: Playable Game  or Written Entry.

 

What types of prizes can I win?

The National Champion will receive a $10,000 scholarship, generously provided by Take-Two Interactive. All other winners will also receive cool prizes of their own, like games, technology, and more!

 

How many Winners will there be?

There are many chances to win! Winners will be selected for each award category in all 4 competition regions. Go to the Award Categories page for a full list. All winners will receive prizes.

 

How do I know which Region I’m competing in?

The competition is broken down into 4 U.S. regions: Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. Go to the About the Competition page to see which region your school is located in. 

 

What age group am I competing in? Junior or Senior? 

The competition is open to all U.S. students in grades 5-12. Students in grades 5-8 will compete on the “Junior” level and students in grades 9-12 will compete on the “Senior” level. You will be asked to indicate your grade level on the submission form.

 

Can I go outside of this year's Themes?

No. In order to qualify, games must be about one of the following:

          (a) Shaping the World for Difference

          (b) Sustainable Cities

          (c) Voice of a New Generation 

 

What game design platforms am I allowed to use?

Games can be created using any free/open platform such as Scratch, Unity, Construct, Twine, RPG Maker, and more. The end result must be playable on a web browser, and accessible via a URL link. Learn more on the Guidelines & Eligibility page. 

If you are unsure if a particular platform meets these requirements, send an email to studentchallenge@gamesforchage.org.

 

I want to work on my game with my friends. How many people can be on my team?

A maximum of 4 student creators can work on a game. You should identify a ‘Team Leader’ who is responsible for completing the submission form and communicating w/ G4C on behalf of the team. All team members must satisfy the eligibility requirements. If a team is larger than 4 students, the submission will be disqualified. 

 

Can I submit a playable game and a written entry for the Fair Game Writing Challenge? Are there different submission forms?

Yes, you can submit to both. The submission form is the same. On the form, you will be asked to identify your entry as either a playable game or a written entry.

 

I go to school in the West but the rest of my teammates go to school in the South. Which region do we submit to?

If teammates are in different regions, you will submit your entry to whichever region the majority of the team is located in. In this case, you would submit your game to the South division. 

If there’s an even number of teammates across regions (for example, if two are in the West and two are in the South), you would then submit to whichever region the Team Leader is located in.  

 

Some of my teammates are in high school and some are in middle school. Which age division do we submit our game to?

Just like the question above, you will submit your entry to whichever age division the majority of your team is in. If more than half the team is in middle school, you will submit to the Junior division, and if more than half the team is in high school, you will submit to the Senior division. If there's an even number of teammates across age groups, you will submit to whichever age division the Team Leader is in.

 

How many entries can I submit?

You can submit up to 1 game per Theme for a total of 3 game submissions. You can also submit 1 entry to each of the Specialty Award Categories. 

 

This is my first time making a game. Is this competition just for experienced students?

We welcome all students who satisfy the eligibility requirements to submit a game, regardless of experience level. Whether you're just starting out or consider yourself a pro, you can submit a game for the chance to win. Visit our Student Resources page for curriculum, guides, and more to help you make your game. 

 

How will the jury evaluate the games? What will I be judged on?

Games will be evaluated by an expert jury on Gameplay, Originality, Use of Theme, and Wow Factor.  Details for each evaluation criteria can be found here

 

How do I know if I’m a Finalist? When are Winners announced?

All students will be notified of their standing in the competition in mid-May, via the email address you provided on your submission form (please keep checking your email!). We will let you know if you are a Finalist at that time. Winners will be announced live during an Awards Ceremony in June.  

 

I don’t see my question here. How do I contact the G4C Student Challenge team?

Send a message to the following email: studentchallenge@gamesforchange.org.