There are a great variety of game competitions these days. Be sure you read the fine print before you enter… most of the big name competitions are legitimate, but there are some that are just after your IP. Below are a few that I recommend.
- IGDA Scholarships
The IGDA is enthused to announce the expansion of its scholar program! For this inaugural year, we will be offering scholarships to GDC, E3, IGDA Summit + Casual Connect, China Joy, CEDEC, & Leadership Forum US. Scholarships include industry mentorship, studio tours, all access to participating events, and more.
- Dare To Be Digital
There’s a hundred and one good reasons for you to enter Dare, ask anyone who has taken part! This competition is very highly regarded in the Computer Games Industry. On top of that we have fantastic facilities and support available.
- Imagine Cup
Calling all of the world’s most talented students – software programmers, hardware developers, game creators, app designers, video enthusiasts, and dreamers! Your Mission: Create an entry in the Competition of your choice that is inspired by the Imagine Cup 2012 Theme: “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”
- Indie Game Challenge
IGC is a game design competition sponsored by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science, The Guildhall at SMU and GameStop which supports the independent games movement by providing aspiring developers with the opportunity to showcase their skills, break into the business and take their careers to the next level. Finalists will receive national exposure and be eligible for additional prize monies by having their pitch videos posted on GameStop.com and GameStop TV for People’s Choice Award voting.
- Boston Indie Showcase
The 2012 Boston Indie Showcase featured independent mobile games and the submissions were exhibited at PAX. This was a contest exclusively for indie games that run on current generation mobile based hardware (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile). The event happens in March, so be sure to check for details in December/January.