Submission Guidelines

Submission Window Opens: 8:00AM Monday, Aprl 9, 2018
Submission Window Closes: 11:59PM Sunday, April 15, 2018

Teams enter the competition by submitting details via our Web site, including a one-page PDF and the URL of a YouTube video. Submissions will open at 8:00 AM PDT on April 9, 2018 and will close at 11:59PM PDT on April 15, 2018. Entries will be submitted online using the submittal form on this website. You should click here to subscribe to the GameMakers maillist to be apprised of the progress of the site and the event.

Your Video Is Very Important

Between 30 and 50 teams will submit a video promoting their game this year. Consider your video as a "movie trailer" or "marketing pitch". Your video will be individually reviewed by a group of industry and academic personnel. They will rank each submission based on their perceptions of the potential game play experience and marketability of the product as shown in the video. They will also evaluate the conformity of the design to the one-page PDF document.

Only the ten highest-ranking submissions will be accepted for the final round of the competition. Your video needs to be engaging. It needs to clearly explain the strengths of the design and why it will appeal to your target audience.

It is expected that teams will modify their games after submitting a video, but only one video may be submitted. Judges on the day of the event will not see the videos. They will make their final judgments based on the live demos given during the event.


    Video details:

    • The video should be 3 to 5 minutes long.
    • It should demonstrate the gameplay experience.
    • The video and/or YouTube page should make clear the name of the game.
    • Video introduction, narration, and “talking heads” are permitted, but should not be at the expense of demonstrating game play.
    • The video must not be modified after the submission is made.

    A one-page PDF document which provides an overview of the game is also required. A template is shown here. This one-pager should include the following elements and must not use a font smaller than 9 point:
    • Title and one-sentence game description (“elevator pitch”)
    • List of team members and their colleges or universities, with contact emails.
    • Target platform and target audience.
    • One-paragraph gameplay summary.
    • Brief list of key features and game objective(s).
    • One or more examples of game art.
    • One faculty member name and email address and primary school affiliation.
    • Web link for YouTube video (further information about game, game download, development team, etc. may be added to YouTube video page).
    • The game must reasonably be expected to receive a rating of either “E” or “T” from the Entertainment Software Rating Board [ESRB], based on ESRB’s criteria as of the announcement date of this showcase.
On the day of the event:
  • Ten finalists will present their work to the live audience on the day of the event.
    • Finalists will be selected by a committee of judges drawn from the local industry and universities
    • Actual gameplay for at least one game level must be demonstrated by a live player on stage (pre-recorded videos are not acceptable)
  • Presenters should be prepared to connect their machines HDMI (VGA/DVI and separate audio) to the video projector and are expected to setup and test their rigs prior to the event. The room will open three hours prior to the event for this purpose. Please arrive early and allow time for troubleshooting. If you are unable to connect a machine and demonstrate your game at the event, your team will be disqualified.
  • A panel of judges from the industry will view all of the presentations and select the winners. Judges' decisions are final.
  • Following the event, all teams who submitted qualified entries are invited to demonstrate their games at the event reception (space is limited, so please let us know if you plan to do so).



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