2017 SUBMISSIONS CLOSED ON April 7th. LINEUP ANNOUNCED June 8th

Designers who submitted will be notified by May 11th.

 

We want to play your games at TERMINUS! Submit for an opportunity to have your games as part of our free play room and expo. Selected games are judged by a jury of industry professionals and compete for awards and prizing (including the stuff we know for sure creatives can use, such as year-long subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud). We are also accepting submissions for game design documents. It's a showcase for the creativity, ingenuity and innovation game designers and development teams bring to their projects and the industry.

 

 

Categories

GAMES

We are accepting works in progress and completed games for all platforms from students, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals. A playable version of the game must be available by June 1, 2017 to participate at TERMINUS and for judging. 

Submission Format

Link to video of 3 to 5 Minute game play through.

 

Design Documents

We are accepting game design documents for any proposed game. The design should be no more than 10 pages or 10 minutes in length if they are in video form.

Submitted pages or video can be an excerpt of a larger design document. 

Documents MUST cover in part or in whole:

 
  • Story
  • Character
  • Level/Environment Design
  • Game
  • Game Mechanics
  • Art

Optional:

  • Dialogue/Screenplay
  • Gameplay
  • Sound and Music
  • User Interface
  • Target Audience
  • Platform(s)

Submission Formats

PDF, Powerpoint/Keynote, Video

Submitted design documents should not include any proprietary ideas or concepts you are not legally obligated to share, or are uncomfortable sharing. In other words, make sure you have your team review and approve the design document before submitting. Submitted game design documents will only be shared with the judges and not made available to the public. 

 

eligibility

  • Student submissions are open to anyone who is at least 17 years old and is currently enrolled in school.
  • Game submissions must have not been released to the public before January 1, 2016.
  • Games submissions released as an Open Beta before January 1, 2016 are eligible to submit as long as the final release was not before January 1, 2016. 
  • READ FULL RULES AND TERMS
 

Deadlines

Final date to submit Games and Design Documents is Friday, April 7, 2017. 

Final Notifications: Selected Game and Design Finalists selected will be notified by Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Submitting to the Games and Design Document categories is FREE. 

finalists and Awards

GAMES

AWARDS

Golden Joystick for Best Overall Game
Golden Joystick for Best Student Game
Golden Joystick for Excellence in Game Design
Golden Joystick for Fan Favorite

  • A minimum of 12 finalists will be chosen from submissions. Additional finalists may be selected as space allows.
  • All finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their games in the Expo and Free Play Room. Finalists will be expected to supply their own computer, console, or other platform required to display their game. 
  • All finalists will receive feedback from the judges. 
  • Finalists showcasing their games in the Free Play Room will be eligible for the Golden Joystick Award for Fan Favorite.
  • A jury of industry professionals will chose the winners of the Golden Joystick for Best Overall Game, Golden Joystick for Best Student Game and Golden Joystick for Excellence in Game Design.
  • The winners of Best Overall Game and Best Student Game will get a one-on-one session (in person or by phone) with an industry professional.
 

DESIGN DOCUMENTS

AWARD

Golden Joystick for Best Game Design Document

  • 10 finalists will be chosen from all submissions.
  • All finalists will receive feedback from the judges. 
  • All finalists will have the opportunity to showcase elements from their design document in the Expo and Free Play Room. 
  • A jury of industry professionals will award one (1) finalist the Golden Joystick Award for Best Game Design Document.
  • The winner of Best Game Design Document will get a one-on-one session (in person or by phone) with an industry professional.
 

please visit and read the rules and terms before submitting