Indie Game Contest Sign Up

Registration for the 2015 Indie Game Contest is now open. Registration for the 2015 Indie Game Contest will close at 11:59PM on March 10th, 2015. The rules for the contest are listed below.




  • All participants must be students (at any level of education) and must be able to prove so.
  • Teams may consist of one (1) to five (5) students.
  • Teams must submit an RSVP for the IGC Showcase in the format demonstrated at the end of this document.
  • Participants may only compete on one team.
  • Teams must submit a finalized logo and description of their game by Mar. 15th, 2015
  • Teams may add members new members up until April 1st, 2015
  • Teams may drop members up until the day before the Baltimore Independent Game Seminar
  • In the event that a team needs to add or remove a team member, notice must be given to the contest moderator. (see email address below)


  • Production of the project may not begin until a team is registered for competition.
  • All aspects of the submission must be original or the game will be disqualified.*
  • Teams must present their projects at the Baltimore Independent Game Seminar and is due at the showcase no later than 10am.
  • Games must be presentation-ready at the game show and contain AT LEAST ten minutes of gameplay.
  • Participant attendance at the showcase is highly encouraged, but not required. A team member must be present, however, for the scheduled judge appointments.
  • Games must fit the DDG Code of Conduct, which forbids content that is pornographic, sexually violent, racist, sexist, or ethnically prejudiced.
  • Entries in the contest may be analog or digital in nature, as long as they can be playtested at the showcase.
  • *“Mods” are acceptable entries for the contest as long as the project on display fundamentally alters the original game (up to the discretion of the judges)
  • The game must embody the declared theme of the contest: games for change.


  • Judging will take place on the day of the showcase and prizes will be presented at the end of the Baltimore Independent Game Seminar
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of six judges: three game industry professionals and three social activists
  • The games will be judged on the following four virtues by the professional judges:
  1. Technical competency (buginess, program smoothness/design stability, rule clarity)
  2. Aesthetic quality (audio and visual presentation)
  3. Gameplay design (achievement of meaningful play)
  4. Content quality and innovation (creative game design and minimum content requirement fulfillment)
  • The games will be judged by the activist judges on the basis of their communication of the game’s social cause
  • An independent party will be present to answer all rule questions for the judges
  • The judges may take notes during the judging, but are not obligated to share them or provide any clarification on judging decisions.


The default prize composition of the prize tiers is a set of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for both analog and digital games. Each tier comes with a default cash prize of $750, $500, and $250 for each level. These prizes may change, pending sponsorship from outside groups and crowdfunding. Your team will be notified no later than one month (30 days) before the contest showcase of the final default prize configuration.

However, the judge panel has ultimate discretion in adjusting these prize tiers to reflect the quality and quantity of the projects on display at the showcase. For example, if there are only three entries in one of the categories, the judges are not obligated to provide a prize for each game if a game’s quality is far below par, and can reapportion the third place prize money into the other two tiers. Conversely, if a game is of such a stellar quality that it overwhelms the rest of the competition, judges have the option to combine the two first place prizes into a “grand prize”.


Email this information in this format to by 11:59PM on February 28th, 2015. The expected date of the Baltimore Independent Game Seminar and the Indie Game Contest showcase is April 10th, 2015. This specific date is subject to change; if there are any adjustments of the date and time of the showcase, your team will be notified with one month (30 days) of the showcase.

Team Reservation Format

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