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How can I enter the Student Challenge competition?

Students and teachers can enter the competition by filling out the form accessible on the left hand toolbar.


When can I submit my game to the Student Challenge competition?

The 2020 Student Challenge submissions portal is open starting January 31, and will close on March 31 @ 11:59 pm ET. Join the Student Challenge mailing list to stay up to date on next year's competition.


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, style, and technical excellence.  Details for each evaluation criteria can be found here.


What is the jury process?

Games are judged in three phases, both quantitatively and qualitatively:

  • PHASE I: Each submission is played by minimum of three jurors.

  • PHASE II: Finalist games in each award category are played by theme experts to select winners.

  • PHASE III: Winning games in each city are played by a special jury of industry veterans to determine (a) the ‘best overall game’ winner in each city and (b) the ‘best overall game’ nationally.


How do I submit a game that I created with a team?

Students can submit a game as an individual, or as a team of up to four. The submission process is the same, but you will need to list all team members in the application — and all team members must meet the Challenge’s eligibility requirements. Each team must designate one member as the ‘team leader’ who is responsible for submitting the game on behalf of the entire team.


When are the student winners announced?

Winners in all four cities will be announced by June 2020. Each city will host an awards ceremony to celebrate the winning games! More information on the award ceremonies can be found here.


What types of prizes can I win?

Past prizes include games, tablets, informational meetings, internships and more! This year, Grand Prize Winners in each city will win a $1,000 scholarship.


I’m interested in participating, but I do not go to school in one of the four Challenge cities (NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit). Can I still submit a game?

For the 2019 - 2020 school year, the Games for Change Student Challenge is only open to middle and high public school students in NYC, Los Angeles, and the greater metro areas of Atlanta and Detroit. We are hoping to expand the Challenge to new cities in upcoming years.


How do I contact the G4C Student Challenge?

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