rules and

{ Regulations }

1. CONTEST

The contest is organized by Ace Lagoon Oy (Organizer), and is open from 1st of January 2021. Entry submission closes on the 31st of December 2021 23:59/11.59pm Finnish time (GMT+2)


2. ENROLLMENT

2.1. The Championship is split into three Divisions: PRO, HOBBY, and GAME JAM.

  • PRO Division is for commercial games. Any game that has means to generate revenue is considered a commercial game. These means include, but are not limited to, selling the game itself, selling in-app purchases or microtransactions, showing ads inside the game.
  • HOBBY HOBBY Division is for non-commercial games. Any game that has no means to generate revenue is considered non-commercial.
  • GAME JAM Division is for games made entirely during game jams. To participate in this category, you have to provide the name of the Game Jam during which the game was made. If your game has been significantly developed further or completely re-made from the original Game Jam version, it is not eligible to participate in this Division and should be submitted to one of the other Divisions.

Each game has to belong to a Division, but a game can only belong to one Division.
You can apply for any of the Divisions with as many games as you wish.

2.2. The Championship is further divided into multiple Competition Categories. These are subject to change by the decision of the Organizer. Any such change is made public on the GDWC website. A game can be submitted into one or more categories depending on the Division it is submitted in and the platform version of the game that is submitted.

For the Championship year 2021, the Competition Categories are following:

  • Pro PC Game of the Year (PRO Division)
  • Pro Console Game of the Year (PRO Division)
  • Hobby Game of the Year (HOBBY Division)
  • Mobile Game of the Year (PRO, HOBBY, and GAME JAM Divisions combined)
  • Best Game Jam Game (GAME JAM Division)
  • VR Awards - Best VR Game (PRO, HOBBY, and GAME JAM Divisions combined)
  • VR Awards - Best VR Prototype (PRO, HOBBY, and GAME JAM Divisions combined)
  • Student Game Award (HOBBY Division)
  • Fan Favorite (PRO, HOBBY, and GAME JAM Divisions combined)

Participation in the Fan Favorite category is automatic for all submitted games. Read 4.2. for more details.

Categories are subject to change.

2.3. 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.

2.4. Organizer reserves the right to refuse an application or remove a game, team, or participant from the competition at any point for any reason, including but not limited to fraudulent participation information, inappropriate or unsuitable content, missing crucial game submission information or content, breaching any of the other rules by the game submitting development team. This extends to all third party services and platforms where the Organizer is managing an official GDWC community or other presence.

2.5. Each individual or team can compete with any number of games on any of the accepted platforms 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.

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

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

2.8. By registering for the competition, the participant allows the Organizer to contact the participant via e-mail about matters related to the competition.

2.9. By registering for the competition, the participant represents that they are age 18 or older.

2.10. By registering for the competition, the participant represents that they've read and accepted these rules and regulations.


3. GAME

3.1. The entries are submitted before the closing date.

3.2. The game cannot already have been Fully Published on the Participating Platform before the year 2021. Games partially published before 2021 are eligible to participate.

A) "Fully Published" means full commercial or non-commercial launch of the game. If the full launch date can't be easily pinpointed, then the release of version 1.0 or first version higher than 1.0 if no version 1.0 was ever released, is counted as the date of full release.

B) "Participating Platform" means the platform for which the game is submitted for the competition. If the PC version of the game is fully released in 2021 and Console version is fully released in 2019, then the PC version can be submitted, while the console version cannot.

C) "Partially Published" means games that have been published in Early Access, Soft Launch, Open Beta, Open Alpha, or in other similar manner where the game is publicly available but not yet finished.

3.3. Remakes, Remasters, Re-Releases, Platform Ports, DLC, Fan Games, Mods

A) For Remakes, Remasters, and Re-Releases, the release date limit of section 3.2. is applied to the original game's full launch date for the platform. Exceptions can be made if the Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release is developed so much further that it drastically differs from the original released game and is essentially a brand new experience. This will be evaluated by the Organizer on a case-by-case basis.

B) For Platform Ports, the release date limit of section 3.2. is applied on a per-platform basis. Game released on Consoles in 2020 and ported & released on PC in 2021, can participate in the 2021 competition with the PC version, but not with the Console version.

C) DLC are not eligible to participate, the submitted games have to be playable by themself, without needing another game as a basis to work.

D) Mods are not eligible to participate, as they functionally require other games as their basis to work.

E) Fan Games are eligible to participate if the Fan Game developer is not breaking the copyright of the initial IP holder. By participating in the competition, the Fan Game developer assures that they have all the required rights to the content of their game and related materials, as agreed on these Rules. If the developer is found to not have all the required rights, they will be disqualified.

3.4. Early Access, Soft Launch, Beta, Alpha, etc.

Games released in Early Access, Soft Launch, Open or Closed Beta, Open or Closed Alpha, Open or Closed Pre-Alpha, or other such state, where the game is clearly stated to being still in active development and not fully released, are eligible to participate, regardless of the year of release in this In-Development state.

3.5. When submitting your game, at least the following will be required:

A) Access to the game for the Organizer and the event Judges. This means either
A.1) Working build for the game
A.2) or Access code, coupon, key, or equivalent which allows acquiring the game on a platform which it is available on (for example Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG.com, PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Nintendo eShop, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, etc.) At least 5 keys must be provided.

If any special instructions are required to play the game, these must be provided as well.

B) Video showcasing the gameplay material of the game.

C) At least four (4) screenshots and one (1) promotional picture of the game.

D) Basic information of the game such as name, short description, number of players required, etc.

3.6. The team owns full rights to their game. The team will accept full responsibility for any claims represented to the Organizer by Third Parties regarding the game or any other material submitted by the team. The Organizer reserves the right to use images, video and text material of the game, team and entry submission for the purposes of marketing the competition and the games. The Organizer also reserves the right to make new content from the games included but not limited to, streaming gameplay and recording gameplay footage, without any compensation to the development team.

The Organizer will not share Steam keys, closed beta builds or similar, except for
A) The event Judges to perform the judging duties for the event
B) For Influencers to create content in cases where the team has given permission for this in the game submission form.

3.7. The game must be able to run on a Windows, Mac, game console, portable device or internet browser either natively or via emulation.

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

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

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

3.11. Any breach of rules 3.8, 3.9, or 3.10 will disqualify the team.

4. JUDGING PROCESS

4.1. Finalist games in all categories, unless otherwise instructed, are judged by a jury consisting of industry veterans and professionals as well as industry stakeholders. Jury members judge the games based on the official GDWC Judgement Criteria as well as on their personal professional opinion. All games go through various stages of pre-selection process by the Organizer before appearing before judges, and any or all material provided by the development team to the Organizer during the submission process of the game can be used in the judging process.

4.2. For the FAN FAVORITE category, the games are judged in various stages by gamers, fans, developers, and other visitors on the GDWC website, in an open vote. Due to the amount of participating games, not all games will receive a spot in the public voting. Games are picked on the open vote by random to provide equal fair chance for all participating games to appear among the voting nominees. The Organizer reserves the right to remove game from a vote before, during, or after the vote for any reason, including but not limited to, fraudulent participation information, inappropriate or unsuitable content, missing crucial game submission information or content, breaching of any of the other rules by the game submitting development team.

4.3. The games will be judged based on the following official GDWC JUDGEMENT CRITERIA:
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?


5. GENERAL

5.1. The Organizer reserves the right to make changes to these rules as necessary. Any changes to the rules will be forwarded to the participants of the contest. Any rules changes will be made to forward the GDWC as a fair competition and for the benefit of the contestants.

5.2. Rewards can't be changed to money or other rewards by reward receiver's request.

5.3. If the Organizer can't reach a winning developer within a reasonable time, determined by the Organizer, or a winning developer is disqualified for any other reason, the next runner-up developer will be promoted and will receive the reward or the reward can be left not given out.


6. RAFFLES

6.1. Participating in Raffles does not require registering to the Organizer's site or the GDWC competition unless otherwise stated.

6.2. Participating in Raffles requires providing a working email address to the Organizer for the purposes of delivering the reward. Raffle participants' emails will be removed from Organizer's database after two weeks and won't be used for any other purposes unless permission is given, such as newsletter signup, by the participant, or the participant has also registed to the GDWC.

6.3. Raffle rewards can't be changed to money or other rewards.

6.4. If the raffle winner can't be reached by the Organizer within reasonable time, determined by the Organizer, or is otherwise disqualified, the reward will be passed on to another winner.

6.5. The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any participant in Raffle for any reason.

6.6. By participating in the Raffle, participant represents and guarantees to the Organizer that they are at or older than the minimum required legal age and have the legal capacity required by their country and legal jurisdiction to participate.

6.7. By participating in the Raffle, participant represents and guarantees to the Organizer that they have read, understood, and agree to these rules.


7. PARTNER VOTES AND COMPETITIONS

7.1. Games Job Fair Game Development Contest

7.1.A. Submissions to Games Job Fair Game Development Contest is open from April 7th to April 30th.

7.1.B. Voting in the Games Job Fair Game Development Contest is open for two weeks, from 1st of May to 14th of May.

7.1.C. Submitting to the Games Job Fair Game Development Contest vote requires special participation code which is provided by the Games Job Fair organizing party

7.1.D. Games submitted to the Games Job Fair Game Development Contest vote are exempt from the Publishing year limitation in section 3.2, from providing playable build to the judges in section 3.5.A.1 and 3.5.A.2, and from the game being able to run on specific platforms in section 3.7.

7.1.E. Games using any or all of these exemptions when submitted to the Games Job Fair Game Development Contest are excluded from any of the other GDWC 2021 categories.

7.1.F. Games submitted to Games Job Fair Game Development Contest but still following all exempt rules, will be able to participate in other GDWC 2021 categories as well

7.1.G. Organizer reserves the right to remove a game, team, or participant from the Games Job Fair Game Development Contest at any point for any reason.


7.2. VR Awards - Virtual Reality Awards

7.2.A. VR Awards submissions adhere to all GDWC rules unless otherwise stated in this section (7.2.)

7.2.B. VR Awards winners in both categories, Best VR Game and Best VR Prototype are decided solely by the judges appointed by VRKiwi

7.2.C. GDWC will provide VRKiwi with the competing games and competitor information in such capacity as is needed to proceed with the judging of the games in the VR Awards category and to provide the winners with their rewards.

7.2.D. VRKiwi can at any point and for any reason disqualify any participant from the VR Awards

7.2.E. VRKiwi provided rewards, including but not limited to, the publishing deal, mentoring, and investor connections, in both categories, can be subject to additional requirements, terms, and limitations not listed in these rules.

7.2.F. The “Best VR Game” and “Best VR Prototype” Winners have the right to decline the publishing deal offered to them.

7.2.G. VR Awards categories submissions are open until 31st of December 2021 23:59/11.59pm Finnish time (GMT+2).


7.3. Student Game Award

7.3.A. Student Game Award submissions adhere to all GDWC rules unless otherwise stated in this section (7.3.)

7.3.B. Student Game Award participants must either be students of an educational institution when submitting their game to the competition or if participants have recently graduated the submitted project must have been developed when the development team members were students. Projects can't have been fully released before 2021 (see 3.2.). At least 50% of the members of the participating team have to be students. Participants are required to provide information pertaining to their students status:

  • i. Name of the educational institution currently studying in

  • ii. Link to the educational institution's website

  • iii. Year class

  • iv. Major or industry studying in

Additional information may be required and requested later in the judging process.

7.3.C. Failure to provide the required information, or providing false information, about the participant’s student status, will result in immediate disqualification.

7.3.D. Teachers can submit their students’ projects on their students’ behalf, but in doing so they guarantee that they have the required rights and permissions from all related parties to do so.

7.3.E. Student Game Award winners are decided solely by judges appointed or approved by Autodesk.

7.3.F. Autodesk can at any point and for any reason disqualify any participant from the Student Game Award.

7.3.G. GDWC will provide Autodesk with the competing games and competitor information in such capacity as is needed to proceed with the judging of the games in the Student Game Award and to provide winners their rewards. Additional information may be requested from participants to fulfill the delivery of the rewards.

7.3.H. By failing to provide all required information for delivery and fulfillment of the rewards within a given time, the participant forfeits their claim for said reward.

7.3.I. Autodesk provided rewards can be subject to additional requirements, terms, and limitations not set in these rules.

7.3.J. Student Game Award submissions are open until 31st of December 2021 23:59/11.59pm Finnish time (GMT+2).




Rules updated on September 15th 2021.

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{ 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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{ 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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