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HOW CAN I ENROLL?

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


DO I NEED A TEAM TO PARTICIPATE?

Every game has to have a Team to be able to be submitted.
"Team", in the context of GDWC, means the public entity behind the game. This can be a development team or studio, a group of game jam developers who made a game together, a group of friends or colleagues, or a solo developer.


I'M A SOLO DEVELOPER SO I DON'T HAVE A TEAM

Solo developers can be a Team to participate in the GDWC. Every game has to have a Team to be able to be submitted.
"Team", in the context of GDWC, means the public entity behind the game. This can be a development team or studio, a group of game jam developers who made a game together, a group of friends or colleagues, or a solo developer.


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. You are free to update/edit your submission until the submission deadline.


CAN MY GAME BE PHYSICAL?

Currently we don’t accept physical games to the competition. While we enjoy physical games in all forms, such as specialized game consoles, board games, pen & paper games, card games, etc., managing them in the competition and judgement process, especially during the global pandemic, has proven very challenging for our team, our judges, and the competitors. For this reason we are ruling physical games out from the competition and focusing on digital ones for the time being. We’re looking to improve our processes and increase resources so that we can add physical games back into the mix in future championships.


MY GAME WAS RELEASED FOR EARLY ACCESS IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. CAN I SUBMIT IT?

Yes. Games that are still in development can be submitted for the GDWC. This includes games clearly in any in-development phase like Early Access, Soft Launch, Open Beta, Closed Beta, Open Alpha, Closed Alpha, Open Pre-Alpha, Closed Pre-Alpha, etc., and have not reached an official full release status.


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.

We also have an exclusive Developer Discord Server for developers who participate in the GDWC. It's a great place to network with other developers.


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?

If you have a technical or submission issue, please contact our support at .
For other inquiries, you can reach us via email at .

We're also available via Twitter, Facebook, and our Developer Discord.
You can find links to our Twitter and Facebook at the top and bottom of the page. Link to Developer Discord is on your profile page.


I HAVE A TECHNICAL ISSUE!

For support in technical issues, contact us at .


I REGISTERED BUT DIDN'T GET CONFIRMATION EMAIL!

Contact our support at as soon as possible from the same email address you used to register your account.


CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH A MOD?

No. As mods generally require another game to run, we don't currently accept them into the competition.
If there are a large amount of requests for Mod Category, this is something we can look into adding in the future.


CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH A DLC OR AN EXPANSION PACK?

No. As DLC and Expansion Packs generally require another game to run, we don't currently accept them into the competition.
If there are a large number of requests for DLC or Expansion Pack Category, this is something we can look into adding in the future.


CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH A FAN GAME?

Yes, if you have the required permissions from the original copyright holder.


CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH A REMAKE, REMASTER, OR RE-RELEASE OF A GAME?

This depends on the release date of the original game. The same release date requirement applies as for the all other games, but in case of Remakes, Remasters, and Re-Releases, this is applied to the original game's full launch date.

An exception can be considered, if the Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release changes the original game so drastically that it can reasonably be considered as a completely new experience. These will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If you feel that your Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release falls within these parameters, please reach out to us at .

If the Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release is a first ever release for the game on a brand new platform, then the rules for Platform Ports apply. Please look at CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH A GAME PORTED ON NEW PLATFORM?


CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH A GAME PORTED ON NEW PLATFORM?

The release date limitation applies to all games, but it is considered on a per-platform basis. If your game was originally released on Consoles in 2019 and it is now, in current year, released on PC for the first time ever, you can participate with the PC version, but not with the Console version.

This same interpretation applies if the PC version is a Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release of the original Console released title.


I’M A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MEDIA. HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?

Please email us at


I’M INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THE EVENT OR OTHERWISE PARTNERING WITH YOU.
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?

Please email us at


I HAVE AN ISSUE WITH ONE OF THE GAMES IN YOUR COMPETITION!

Please contact us at


MY GAME IS NOT YET FINISHED, SHOULD I STILL SUBMIT IT?

The earlier in the Championship period you submit your game, the better of a chance you have for your game to be featured in the Fan Favorite category.

You can also update your submission throughout all the way until the end of the submission period.


MY GAME WAS IN THE COMPETITION LAST YEAR WHILE IT WAS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT, BUT IT WILL BE RELEASED THIS YEAR. CAN I SUBMIT IT TO THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION AS WELL?

Yes you can.


WHY DO YOU NEED FIVE (5) GAME KEYS TO BE SUBMITTED?

The keys are for judges and for our team. The typical split is 3 keys for judges and 2 for us.

We use at least one key for testing the game, but sometimes use two on different accounts so that multiple team members can test out the games at the same time or not be locked out of testing one game because someone is testing another. We also use our keys for streaming and other content creation to promote the games.

Three keys are reserved for judges, as we have a minimum of 3 judges per category. Sometimes there might be more judges in a category, so we might have to request additional keys for judges later.


WHY DO YOU REQUEST KEYS IN ADVANCE BEFORE JUDGING

Keys are asked beforehand for logistical reasons. There's hundreds of games to check each year and a limited time to do this, so asking for keys in that short time frame would risk many developers missing the key request and us having to pass multiple games simply due to the game not being available at the right moment.


DO I NEED TO REGISTER TO TAKE PART IN THE WEEKLY VOTE RAFFLE?

No registration is required for the weekly vote raffle.


WHY DO I NEED TO GIVE MY EMAIL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WEEKLY VOTE RAFFLE

We need your email to send you the weekly vote raffle reward in case you win. All Weekly Vote Raffle emails are automatically deleted after 2 weeks if you don't also sign up for the newsletter.


I PARTICIPATED IN A PREVIOUS WEEKLY VOTE RAFFLE? WHY DO I NEED TO GIVE MY EMAIL AGAIN?

Because each raffle is completely separate and not tied to GDWC accounts. Previous weekly vote raffle's emails are also automatically deleted.


HOW DO I SUBMIT MY GAME TO THE GAMES JOB FAIR GAME DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION?

The Games Job Fair team will provide you the required information when you sign up to the event. For additional information contact them at


CAN I SUBMIT MY GAME TO BOTH, GHDWC 2021 AND THE GAMES JOB FAIR GAME DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION?

Yes, you can. But to submit to GDWC 2021, your submission must fulfill the GDWC 2021 rules.


CAN I SUBMIT ONE GAME TO THE GAMES JOB FAIR GAME DEVELOMENT COMPETITION AND ANOTHER GAME TO THE GDWC 2021?

Yes!


MY GAME WAS RELEASED BEFORE 2021, CAN I SUBMIT IT TO THE GAMES JOB FAIR GAME DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION?

Yes. We've added exemption to games participating in the Games Job Fair Game Development Competition from certain regular GDWC 2021 rules. The release year requirement is one of these.


I'M NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE FINNISH GAMES JOB FAIR, CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE GAMES JOB FAIR GAME DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION?

No. The Games Job Fair Game Development Competition is only for developers also participating in the event.


CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE GAMES JOB FAIR GAME DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION WITH AN EXISTING GAME?

Yes!


CAN I MAKE A NEW GAME FOR THE GAMES JOB FAIR GAME DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION?

Yes!


HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE VR AWARDS?

VR Awards participation happens through the normal GDWC 2021 enrollment.
The "Best VR Game" and "Best VR Prototype" options are availble in the category submission if you've selected any VR platform as one of your game's platforms.


MY GAME IS IN PRO DIVISION. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN VR AWARDS?
MY GAME IS IN HOBBY DIVISION. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN VR AWARDS?
MY GAME IS IN GAME JAM DIVISION. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN VR AWARDS?

Games from any division can participate in the VR Awards, as long as the game is available on a VR platform.


I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE VR AWARDS!

You can find more information about the VR Awards here.


I HAD ALREADY PARTICIPATED IN THE GDWC 2021 VR CATEGORY. WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SUBMISSION?

Your game has automatically been assigned to the "Best VR Game" category under VR Awards.
If you think that your game is closer to a prototype, we recommend that you check out the "Best VR Prototype" category, which didn't exist before, and consider changing your enrollment in that.


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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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