Rules and Regulations 

Before you submit your project to the Student Game Awards (SGAs), please review the below rules, regulations, and eligibility requirements. 

Award Definition:

The Student Game Award (SGA) recognizes and supports emerging game development talent at the high school and university/collegiate levels around the globe.  Awarded to a team or individual, the SGA recognizes five nominees and one winner based on the excellence and ambition of a game, without regard to the team size or subject matter.


1.) The Student Game Awards (“SGAs”) are open to any video game project (“Project”) created by an individual student or a group of students who are or were enrolled in high school or a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university from October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2018.

If any of the the students or group of students have graduated from their program and are not currently enrolled, the submitted video game project must meet the following requirements: 

  • Must have been developed as a student project for credit or grading during October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2018 period;
  • No student has worked on the submitted project as a professional developer / designer post-graduation. 
  • All students attached to the project must meet the enrollment eligibility requirements (October 1, 2017 - October 1, 2018)

2.) The student game maker(s) must be at least 13 years of age at the time of the Project creation. If any student is under 18 years of age, evidence of parent or legal guardian consent must be provided to submit the Project.

3.) Submitted Project must not have had a commercial release prior to October 1, 2017.

4.) A current faculty member's contact information is required for all submissions. This faculty member will be contacted to verify the eligibility of the student(s) or Project. Any project that remains unverified by  the submission period close date (Wednesday, October 17) may lead to the disqualification of a Project.

5.) All entries must be submitted in English, or be subtitled in English.

6.) The Project must be wholly created by students and cannot feature significant content contributed by non-students or third parties.

7.) The Project must be an original work, and cannot include copyrighted materials unless the student has received permission from the right(s) holder.  All Projects must sign a Materials Release form to confirm ownership of the project. In addition, group projects must have the written permission of all students or entities having any rights in the Project.

8.) A playable build of the Project must be available for evaluation, and it must run on one of the following platforms:  Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox, PlayStation or Nintendo Switch.

9.) Projects nominated for The Game Awards 2017 are ineligible.

Submission Process:

1.) Entries for the SGAs begin on Wednesday, September 26 at 10 AM PT, and Projects must be fully submitted by Wednesday, October 17 at 5 PM PT to be eligible for the SGAs in 2018.

2.) Students can enter by submitting their project at and filling out a complete application.  Incomplete applications may lead to the disqualification of a Project.  All elements must be submitted as part of a single application.

3.) There is no entry fee for SGA submissions.

Selection Process:

1.) Based on all Eligible Projects, The Game Awards will evaluate all the student games for ambition, originality, excellence and gameplay.  From this pool of Eligible Projects, five (5) games will be chosen to advance as “Nominees” for the Student Game Awards.  Nominees will be announced on Tuesday, November 13.

2.) The five (5) nominated Projects will advance to the final voting round. During this round, Projects will be evaluated by a jury of notable game creators. This jury will evaluate each Project for its ambition. originality, excellence and overall gameplay. The top selected game will receive the Student Game Award.

3.) The Winner will be announced for the first time publicly at The Game Awards on Thursday, December 6. The winning student/student team will receive an engraved Game Awards statue at no cost.

Award Show Attendance:

All five (5) nominees will receive tickets to attend The Game Award ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 6.  The Game Awards is unable to provide travel/accommodation for nominees.

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