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{ GDWC? }

What?

The Game Development World Championship is an annual competition for indie game developers, game development students and anyone interested in game development to join in.

When?

This year's GDWC starts on the 31st of January 2018. The final day to enter and submit your games is the 30th of September 2018.

Where?

The event happens online for the most part, with the finalists from the Pro and Hobby track brought to Finland and Sweden to visit the game companies. The trip will be paid for by us. We will also be attending game developer events and visiting industry hubs. Hope to meet you there!

How?

By pressing the “Enroll now” button below or above, you can register for the competition. Any games that have not been released before 2018 can enter into the championship. We expect a few screenshots, a written description, a playable build and a gameplay video of your games to be submitted.

Why?

We believe in new game developers and want to give them the chance to show their games for a large audience.
For game developers, this is an easy opportunity to get extra visibility for yourselves, help to motivate yourselves and most importantly, it doesn't cost a penny.


championship

{ Categories }

Pro

Commercial games

Prizes for the best three teams:

Trip to Finland + Sweden for a team representative

Visits to top game studios

Trophies and medals

More to be announced...

Hobby

Non-commercial games

Prizes for the best three teams:

Trip to Finland + Sweden for a team representative

Visits to top game studios

Trophies and medals

More to be announced...

bonus

{ Stages }

In addition to the main categories, you can participate in a bonus stage if your game meets the criteria for it.

For games developed during Game Jams.

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Junior

Details to be announced

Games picked by our audience.

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rules and

{ Regulations }

1. Contest

The contest is organized by Viope Ltd and is open from 31th of January 2018. Entry submission closes on the 30th of September 2018 11.59pm GMT.

2. Enrollment

1. The championship has two main categories, PRO and HOBBY games. You can apply for either categories with as many games as you wish.
  • PRO: The Pro developer category is meant for games that are going to be or have been released commercially.
  • HOBBY: The Hobby developer category is meant for games that will not be released commercially. Non-profit games can also be entered under the HOBBY category.

2. The participant fills up the form provided via the enroll link with genuine information. The participant agrees that information on the enrolment form can be forwarded to partners and judges of the contest.

3. Viope Ltd. reserves the right to refuse an application.

4. Each individual or team can compete with any number of games on any platforms, both digital and physical if they wish. The game and the peripherals needed to play must either be portable with reasonable cost or be emulated with a PC or a handheld device such as a tablet.

5. Team members can be replaced, added or removed during the competition.

6. Any material, assets or work that has been outsourced by the team must be clearly documented and this information sent alongside the application

3. Game

1. The entries are submitted before the closing date.

2. The game cannot already have been published before the year 2018.

3. When submitting your game, at least the following will be required:
  • A working build of the game. Alternatively, for games released on platforms such as Steam, 4 keys, codes or coupons can be provided instead
  • Video showcasing gameplay material of the game
  • At least 4 Screenshots of the game
  • Basic information of the game (name, short description, number of players etc.)

4. The team owns full rights to their game. The organizers reserve the right to use images, video and text material from the game and entry submission for the purposes of marketing the competition and the games.

5. The game must be able to run on a Windows, Mac, game console, portable device or internet browser either natively or via emulation. In the case of physical games, A copy must be brought to the jury during the finals.

6. Teams can submit a game using existing technologies such as engines, frameworks and models. Teams must own full right to use those technologies.

7. Teams can submit a game using existing content and materials. Teams must own full rights to use those assets.

8. Teams must ensure that their games do not break the Finnish law.

9. Any breach of rules 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8 will disqualify the team.

10. The organizers reserve the right to make changes to these rules as necessary.

4. Judgement criteria

The games will be judged based on the following three aspects.
  • FUN: Is the game fun to play and able to keep a player interested? Are the objectives of the game easy to understand?
  • FEEL: Is the artstyle of the game consistent with the gameplay? Do the controls for the game feel right? Does the game run well?
  • NOVELTY: Is the game an entirely new concept, or does it combine old ideas in new, interesting ways? Does it stand out from other games of its genre?

frequently asked

{ Questions }

How can I enroll?

One member of the team needs to enroll and provide the information on the team. After that the team is registered for the contest. This is done by pressing the “enroll button” on the top of this page.

Can my application be refused?

We reserve the right to refuse an application.

Does my game need to be finished?

No, your game can be in any phase of development. The only requirement is that you will need to have a playable build or prototype.

Can my game be physical?

Yes. Physical games such as game consoles and board games are welcome in the GDWC.

Can I participate in the GDWC in multiple teams?

Yes. You just need to ensure your team(s) all include you in them when submitting their games.

HOW CAN I FIND MEMBERS FOR MY TEAM?

There are several communities of game developers on services such as Facebook and Reddit. You may also be able to find a local IGDA chapter or university with game development in it.

CAN WE SUBMIT SEVERAL GAMES?

Yes. You can submit as many games into the contest as you like. To do so, follow the instructions in the entry submission platform after registering.

HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?

You can get in touch with us directly via email via contact@thegdwc.com or contact us via Twitter or Facebook found at the bottom of this page.

our

{ Partners }

Viope is a global leader in providing eLearning solutions for computer programming and mathematics.
viope.com
The GameDev Days are is an annual conference held for the fourth time in Estonia, organized by Creative Mobile.
gamedev.ee
GameDevCompany is building a positive community of learning and sharing for all gaming creatives. We stream art, design and development and interview industry professionals. We also play and analyse your games and give you feedback.
gamedevcompany.com
Games Jobs Finland is the first games recruitment service in Finland connecting game companies and candidates looking for game job opportunities.
gamesjobs.fi
The Tunisian Game Developers is the 1st non-profit association in Tunisia advocating for video game development and fostering collaboration within the industry in Tunisia.
tunisiangamedevelopers.org
Lenovo is the world largest PC vendor and we understand your passion for the game, because we live it. Legion is a movement with a simple goal: to make gaming better for gamers – for you, for all of us. Together we will build the ultimate gaming experience.
lenovo.com

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bonus stage

{ Game Jam }

What is this bonus stage?

Bonus stages are additional challenges for game developers, giving them a chance to win prizes that are not part of the two main categories. For the Game Jam category, this means participating with games made during game jams.

How do I participate in this bonus stage?

Register for the Game Development World Championship normally. Find out a Game Jam you want to participate in, and develop your game during that game jam according to their rules, if any. Afterwards, submit your game into the GDWC as you would any other game.

Prizes

  • Visibility on the GDWC 2019 website
  • GDWC 2018 Finland-themed "care package"
  • More to come...

Rules

All the rules of the GDWC competition apply. In addition, the following apply for section 4. Judgement criteria:
  • The game for the submission must have been done entirely during a game jam, which must be specified while submitting the game.
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bonus stage

{ Fan Favourite }

What is this bonus stage?

Bonus stages are additional challenges for game developers, giving them a chance to win prizes that are not part of the two main categories. For the Fan Favourite category, there are no additional limits, it's simply a bonus!

How do I participate in this bonus stage?

Register for the Game Development World Championship normally. We will pick awesome games from those submitted into the competition weekly. During this week, our audience can vote for their favourite game of the week, which will then be a nominee in the final Fan Favourite vote.

Prizes

  • Visibility on the GDWC 2019 website
  • GDWC 2018 Finland-themed "care package"
  • More to come...

Rules

All the rules of the GDWC competition apply. In addition, the following apply for section 4. Judgement criteria:
  • Instead of the GDWC judges, the winner will be chosen by a vote open from 1.09.2018 until 31.10.2018. After this, the votes will be tallied and the winner chosen.
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