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New York State Game Dev Challenge

The New York State Game Dev Challenge!

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.

NYS Game Dev Kickoff Event from RIT Production Services – Events on Vimeo. This is the live stream from 2018’s Kickoff event.



Important Dates


Submissions open – Monday, February 12th

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, February 16th

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.

Rochester event here.

Troy/Albany event here. 


Submissions close – Thursday, March 1st

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 – Thursday, April 12th

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.