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Submissions Open: 2013 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge

The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge announced that they are now accepting games for the 2013 competition.  

The SGS&C, that occurs at each year's I/ITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training & Simulation Conference), is the world’s largest modeling & simulation event, incorporating evaluation teams from Industry, Academia and Government. 

All finalists are provided free entry to the conference as well as space in the SGS&C booth to demonstrate their game to a worldwide training, simulation and education audience in Orlando, Florida.

All award winners are announced on the final day of the conference and invited to the  I/ITSEC Awards Reception. Finalists are also invited to sit with the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Planning Committee at the Awards Banquet.

Before entering make sure you read the rules and understand what categories your game qualifies for.

There are 3 Categories to enter to - Business, Student, and Government and 7 awards to be reaped:

Students’ Choice Award – The Students’ Choice Award is a brand new award being conducted in cooperation with Orange County Public Schools in Central Florida.  Unlike the other awards, the Students’ Choice Award will be determined by students, arguably the ultimate experts in STEM serious games.  Orange County students taking classes directly related to a game’s training objective will play and review those Serious Games deemed eligible for this award.  The goal is to expand the number of school systems involved in future years.

Best Game Special Emphasis – Adaptive Force  – Does your game challenge players to always be thinking and honing their strategy? Your game might have what it takes to win the highly-coveted Adaptive Force award.

Best Game Business Category – This award is commonly the hardest fought award for the historically largest category. The best game entered in the Business category as judged by a panel of evaluators earns bragging rights as the Best Business Game.

Best Game Student Category –Go up against other top colleges and universities through the Challenge! In addition to great I/ITSEC networking opportunities with top-paying employers, this award often comes with high-value sponsor prizes.

Best Game Government Category – Who has the best game ideas: DoD or DHS? US or Australia? These games may have been funded or internally developed by non-academic government agencies. International federal, state and local Governments vie for recognition as the Best Government game.

Best Game Mobile Category – How well does your mobile game deliver in this unique platform? SGS&C evaluators are looking for the game that best leverages the mobile environment.

People’s Choice Best Game – The people of I/ITSEC will get their say. This award is decided by ballots collected from I/ITSEC attendees all week and is not known until the eve of the last day of I/ITSEC.

Prepare your paper work, taking care in all of your answers. Paperwork does play a role in the judging process. Submit your forms early.

Important Dates

Sept 12 Game Submissions Close
Oct 15 Notification of Finalists
Dec 2-5 SGS&C at I/ITSEC 2013
Dec 5 Awards at I/ITSEC in Orlando, FL

About The Challenge

The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (SGS&C) was born in 2005 from the desire to stimulate industry creativity and generate institutional interest towards the use of digital game technology and approaches for training and education. 

A partnership was formed with the organizers of Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the National Training Systems Association (NTSA), and the first SGS&C was held at I/ITSEC 2006. 

SGS&C has been a growing staple of the I/ITSEC event ever since.