We are proud to announce the grand prize winner and finalists for the Change The Game Design Challenge.> Learn about Change The Game
Mazu is a platform puzzle game exploring the immersive world created by Christine’s original and inspiring artwork. The player controls Mazu, a young shape-shifting child, and learns to survive challenging situations with the help of various woodland creatures. The game captures the exhilarating and scary process of exploring new environments, while also growing up, through an engaging story.
To me, video games have never been just a means of entertainment. I believe that video games act as a form of interactive art capable of shaping cultures and bringing people together.
Making a game requires not only an understanding of code and design but also an understanding of people.
In EcoVerse, the player restores trashed, abandoned planets across the galaxy into beautiful worlds, once again thriving with life. Dakota’s imaginative graphics and landscapes weave together important themes of ecology and astronomy with the fun of a treasure hunt. It captivates players by providing creative incentives to move and advance through imaginative planets.
I feel like too many games we play nowadays are violent and include killing and guns. I wanted to create a game that wasn't focused on killing, but healing and discovery.
The Other Realm is an RPG, adventure, and puzzle game all in one. Set in a giant, but damaged tree, the player heals the tree and uncovers mysteries about the characters’ personalities and backstories. Lily designed her game to be an alternative to the violence found in so many games today, by requiring the player to rely on healing to advance, thus fostering a deep connection between players.
For me, whenever I'm having a bad day, music can get me into the groove and instantly brightens up my day.
Symphony is a story-driven rhythm game about a famous musician's granddaughter and her quest to find his favorite music, which is scattered throughout the world. Erin uses innovative game mechanics to tell the touching story between a young girl and her ill grandfather as they connect through music. The beautiful, dimensional drawings bring this creative and immersive storyline to life.
My inspiration came from art class. Because our school's art supplies do not include a wide variety of colors, I have to mix my own paints.
Palette takes a common struggle for artists - mixing the perfect color - and turns it into a fun, creative game. The player has to collect and mix the colors needed to reveal a famous painting. Lauren’s game takes a unique approach to game design, and incorporates many relatable emotions, like confusion, frustration, and satisfaction, while teaching players about color theory and art history.
Four Finalists each won:
- 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
The Grand Prize Winner also received:
- $10,000 college scholarship
- $15,000 technology contribution to their school
- Plus, everything the Finalists received
Double Fine Productions
Girls Make Games
This contest closed on May 16, 2018. Thank you to everyone who entered.> OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
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.