- Entries that do not include at least three of the four elements will be disqualified.
An element must have a significant presence in the game to be considered as included.
- All files required to use and execute the entry must be submitted to qualify, with
the exception of the software already installed on the machine as listed in the
minimum specification. You need to provide all materials required to play your game,
as if you were packaging and selling it to gamers.
- Source code submission is not required, but it is encouraged for educational purposes.
However, entrants should be prepared to submit whole or partial source files if
the judges require it (e.g. in the case of accusations of IP infringement).
- Submissions for the Windows platform must be made as a single file in RAR or ZIP
formats, or as an EXE or MSI installer. Submissions for Mac must be provided as
DMG files, and submissions for Ubuntu must be provided as Debian format packages.
Any installers used must be licensed for distribution, as per rule 16.
- The entry must include some form of manual (or at least a readme). You may use any
common document format (TXT, PDF, HTML, DOC, CHM), but PDF is recommended.
- The entry must support the taking of screenshots. Unless an entry provides an alternative
mechanism, it is assumed that pressing the print-screen key will take a screenshot
of the game and save it to the clipboard. If an alternative mechanism is provided,
it must be clearly documented in the manual. Any entry that does not support screenshots
will be disqualified.
- Entrants are both allowed and encouraged to use 3rd party libraries, engines, and
middleware to develop their entry, provided that whatever they use permits unrestricted
distribution of the resulting entry executable per the Legal
requirements of this contest.
- An entrant may only submit one entry. An entry may contain multiple sub-games, but
the collection will be judged as a single entry; a good game and a bad game make
for an average collection.
- Entrants may be individuals or teams, with no limit on team size. Prizes will be
awarded on a per-entry basis, and GameDev.net is not responsible for determining
how a team distributes prizes within the team.
- There is no size limit on entries, but please be reasonable. If you're concerned
about the size of your entry, then please contact
us to discuss how to handle it. It is the entrant's responsibility to ensure
that their entire entry is uploaded by the time submission closes.
- Any entry containing content that would qualify it for an
'AO' rating from the ESRB will be disqualified. In other words, if it's the
sort of game that one would find in an "adult bookstore," it is not acceptable.
- The contest is open to entrants who are 13 years of age or older and located anywhere
on Earth. Void where prohibited by law. GameDev.net staff members are eligible to
participate, with the exception of Richard "superpig" Fine, the contest manager.
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prizes awarded as required by law.
- The judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed to be contrary
to the spirit of the contest.
- Any entry that infringes the intellectual property of any third party will be immediately
disqualified. This includes but is not limited to the use of 'ripped' sprites or
graphics from other games, the use of sound effects and music from other games,
and the use of registered trademarks. Use is permitted if the entrant has permission
from the owner of the IP, but you should be prepared to prove that you have permission.
- Any entry that uses third party technology without a valid license to do so will
be immediately disqualified. If in any doubt as to whether your license permits
distribution of your entry as per our terms and conditions, check with your licensor.
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to sponsors for the purposes of delivering prizes.
- Multiplayer games are permitted; multiplayer-only games are also permitted. If a
game operates using a central server, the server software must be submitted to the
judges so that they can ensure that it is not changed for the duration of the judging
period. The server software must thus either run on the platforms given by the minimum
specification, or be submitted in the form of a VMWare Virtual Machine. If you do
not wish your server software to be released as a part of your entry, contact the
contest manager to arrange separate submission.
- GameDev.net reserves the right to modify contest rules or cancel the contest at
any time without prior notification. It is the entrant's responsibility to check
the rules for changes up to one week before submission closes.
- The contest manager's decisions are final.
If you've got any questions about the rules, the best place to check is the
Minimum System Requirements
If your entry does not run on a computer with one of the following sets of specifications,
you will be disqualified.
Entries will be judged across three major categories, each one made up of five subcategories.
Judges will score an entry for each subcategory. No single category or subcategory
contributes more to your total score than any other.
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