Announcing Games Innovation Challenge



Calling all aspiring game developers! We're super excited to announce the Games Innovation Challenge sponsored by Barclays, a games development competition for university students across the UK to test their skills and creativity.

Starting on 14th January, you have nine weeks to create the most innovative game and for those wanting to get competitive, submissions will be judged by a panel of industry experts with a prize pool of £5,000 for the best entries. 

The theme for the challenge is competitive games. We want to see games that show an original concept and pit players against each other in some way. Alongside the game, extra points will be awarded for submitted plans on how a competition of the proposed game would be run.

Teams can be formed of students from different universities and also contain non-students. However, to take part in the challenge, the majority of the team and the project lead must be enrolled at university. Any platform and prebuilt assets can be used, provided you have the permission or license to do so.

A panel of gaming and esports industry experts will be judging the entries on five criteria; technical quality, aesthetic, entertainment, innovation and competition plan.

A full set of rules can be found on the Games Innovation Challenge submissions page or in the participant pack.

Key Dates:

  • - Submissions open: 14/01/2021
  • - Submissions close: 18/03/2021​
  • - Judging from: 19/03/2021
  • - Winner announced at NSE finals: 09/04/2021

Prize Breakdown:

  • - First Place: £3,000
  • - Second Place: £1,250
  • - Third place: £750

Entry Checklist:

  • - Gather your team and come up with a name. Decide on your project, which can have a separate name to your team name.
  • - Create your game and project plan. The project plan must either be a Google Doc or Google Slides presentation.
  • - Submit your game to
  • - Fill out the Team Registration form. This is also where you submit your project plan.
  • - Finished!

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Good luck!



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