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New York State Game Dev Challenge

The New York State Game Dev Challenge!

Submissions have closed! Best of luck to everyone who entered.

Reminder: We’re will be notifying finalists on Monday via email. If you are a finalist, it is required that you (or a team member) attend the award ceremony on Monday, May 8th in Rochester, NY in order to receive your awards. We will include more information regarding the event in the finalist email.

NYS Game Dev Kickoff Event from RIT Production Services – Events on Vimeo.

The NYS Game Dev Challenge is a statewide competition for both students and indie developers that aims to help bring their game ideas to production. Entrants can register as either a student or indie developer (solo or team), with the latter category being open to any interested developer in NYS. Winners will be awarded cash/funding for their game (drawn from a pool of $25,000 for each category), inclusion in our (or partner’s) on-site incubator, and access to our mentor network. Entrants will be judged on their game idea pitch, game prototype, business plan, mentorship plan, and development timeline.


Important Dates


Submissions open – Monday, April 3rd

Submissions will open via this site. Please visit the “Submit” section to enter the challenge. Be sure to include all required materials or we cannot accept your submission.


Work Night – Friday, April 7th

Student Innovation Hall, MAGIC @ RIT, 4pm – 8pm

Come work and share your prototypes or ideas at our Work Night! This is a great opportunity to run ideas and prototype builds by others and get some solid play testing in. Food and refreshments will be served.


Submissions close – Monday, April 24th

This will be the last day to submit your prototypes along with all other materials. Any submissions after this date will not be considered for the challenge.


Winners announced – Monday, May 8th, 11 AM

Announcement of winners at The Strong National Museum of Play.


We have a Discord server! Join up to find team members and get feedback.

Any questions – Contact Rob at rob [at] magic.rit.edu.