The Game Development World Championship 2021 Beats Previous Participation Records!



The Game Development World Championship (GDWC), a global online competition for indie game developers, has beaten all previous participation records, making this year's competition the biggest in the championship's history. Over 2000 development teams from more than a hundred countries have signed up to the competition so far this year, with more joining in each day.

Developers compete with their games in multiple categories ranging from PC and Consoles to Mobile, and VR platforms. Hobbyist projects, Game Jam games, and Student game projects also get their own categories to compete in.

Winners will be handsomely rewarded with prizes ranging from professional game development software licenses and hardware to a coaching session by industry professional, and a trip to the event's home country of Finland. VR category winners will also be offered a publishing deal! The competition rewards are sponsored by various industry companies including Autodesk, VRKiwi, and SideFX Houdini, with the total prize pool value being over 45,000 USD.



GDWC 2021 submissions are open until the end of the year, December 31st midnight Finnish time, so there's still plenty of time to join the competition. Winners will be announced in an awards show in early 2022.

As a gamer, you can also help decide the Fan Favorite game of the year, by voting in GDWC's weekly votes, where nine games are racing for a spot in the finals. The Fan Favorite winner will be decided in an open vote between all weekly vote winners in early 2022.

Developers can learn more and enroll, and gamers can vote for their favorite game, at the competition website at https://thegdwc.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 website
  • GDWC Finland-themed "care package"
  • Valco ANC Headphones to Winning Team (2 pairs)
  • Houdini Indie one year license to each of the top 3 teams!
  • 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 Favorite }

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 Favorite 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 favorite game of the week, which will then be a nominee in the final Fan Favorite vote.

Prizes

  • Visibility on the GDWC website
  • GDWC Finland-themed "care package"
  • Valco ANC Headphones to Winning Team (2 pairs)
  • Houdini Indie one year license to each of the top 3 teams!
  • 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 an open vote. Schedule to be determined later.
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