Contest submissions is now closed.
We’ve received many ideas for a mobile game from teens across the country, entries are closed for the Change the Game Design Challenge. Now our panel of judges has their work cut out for them as they help us select the finalists and grand prize winner. We’ll announce the results in this space before June 15, 2018.> Learn about Change The Game
Check Out the Prizes
Four Finalists each win:
- VIP trip to Los Angeles to attend:
- An exclusive experience at E3 celebrating women in gaming
- A tour of Google LA office
- Scholarship to Girls Make Games Summer Camp
- An Android tablet
Grand Prize Winner receives:
- $10,000 college scholarship
- $15,000 technology contribution to their school
- And all Finalist prizes
Let's Get Started
We're excited to see your game design ideas. But you’ll need a parent or legal guardian to help you enter the contest. Have them fill out the online entry form, and make sure you enter by the deadline: May 16, 2018 at 5pm PST.> OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
Here's some instructions to help you get started:
Fill out the Game Design Idea Form to share your game idea with us.
Upload any sketches, wireframes, or more details about the game as a .jpg or .pdf
Write a 100-word statement about one of the following topics:
Have a parent or legal guardian fill out the entry form, and submit the entry.
The Change The Game Design Challenge is a contest open to persons aged 13-18 in the United States. Teens are invited to create their own idea for a mobile game for a chance to win a VIP trip to Los Angeles to attend an exclusive experience at E3 that celebrates women in gaming, and much more.
The majority (60%) of women who play mobile games think that 30% or fewer of mobile games are made for women.  In order to have more mobile games made for women, we need more women making games. We’re looking to the next generation of game-makers to drive change in the game industry.
Change The Game is Google Play’s program to support women in mobile gaming. We are on a mission to make mobile gaming truly for everyone by celebrating and empowering women as players and creators. We are committed to promoting diversity in and of games, celebrating players, and empowering the next generation of game makers.
Change The Game has joined forces with the ESA Foundation for this challenge. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation is a nonprofit committed to making a difference in the lives of America’s youth by harnessing the collective power of the video game industry. Like us, the ESA Foundation seeks to empower women and girls as creators. Through their grants program and scholarship fund they are fostering the next generation of video game makers.
Change The Game has teamed up with Girls Make Games for this challenge. Girls Make Games runs award winning summer camps, workshops and game jams to inspire girls ages 8-18 to explore the world of creating video games. Launched in 2014 in Mountain View, CA, the program has now grown to 44 cities worldwide.
The entry form must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian of the entrant. The entrant must be aged 13 - 18 years old. The Game Idea Form and the Written Statement must represent the entrant’s original work.
Entrants to the challenge must be aged between 13 and 18 years old on the date of submitting their mobile game design idea to the challenge.
Teachers are encouraged to use designing your own game idea as a classroom activity with their students. The official entry form must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian of the student. The grand prize winner will win a $15,000 technology contribution for their school.
Only one submission per Entrant will be accepted. If more than one submissions is entered, only the first will be considered for judging.
We will not submit game design ideas that have been created by more than one person. Each game design idea should be created by only one person.
Yes, at the time of entering the doodle, the entrant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. legal resident (e.g., must be able to show proof of legal permanent residence, for example, a "green card").
Entrants are encouraged to provide as much visual information about their game design idea as they’d like to provide. We’d love to see sketches of game environments, game mechanics, level design, avatar or character design, mobile wireframes, or anything else that will help us connect with your game design.
All documentation must be uploaded in .jpg or .pdf format with a maximum file size of 100mb. You may scan or take a picture of your sketches to upload to the entry form. If you have multiple pages to submit, entrants are encouraged to use a multi-page PDF.
No. All challenge entries must be submitted online.
The challenge will be judged the Guest Judges and a panel of Google employees.
Each Game Idea Form (85%) will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria: 1) Comprehensiveness of game concept 2) Creativity and Originality 3) Quality of game mechanics 4) Quality of game narrative, if any 5) Degree of mobile device compatibility . The Written Statement (15%) will be judged on its content, informative nature, and scope.