[Please visit separate pages for the Main Category rules.]
The Independent Games Festival Competition - Student Category (the “Contest”) is being sponsored by UBM Tech (the “Sponsor”) in connection with the Game Developers Conference to be held March 2 - March 6, 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California (the “Conference”). Each person or entity who enters the Contest (each, an “Entrant”) agrees to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the Sponsor and its judges, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Contest.
HOW TO ENTER :
To enter the Contest, an Entrant who is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules must submit all of the following materials at any time between 12:00 a.m. P.T. on August 6, 2014 and 11:59 p.m. P.T. on October 31, 2014 (the “Entry Deadline”):
- A properly completed official entry form, located on the Contest application page of Sponsor’s website, www.igf.com (the “Contest Website”).
- A digital copy of the game being entered (an “Entered Game”), submitted by uploading an initial version of the title to the official IGF site, or posting a URL with a playable web game.
STUDENT SHOWCASE SELECTION PROCESS/NOTIFICATION :
Entered Games initially will be evaluated by a selection of judges from a total of 100-200 individuals picked by the Sponsor (the "“Nominating Committee"”). Members of the Nominating Committee may include independent and 'mainstream' professional game designers, notable indie-friendly video game journalists, and other individuals familiar with video game design.
The Nominating Committee will review the Entered Games and select finalists during approximately the period from the Entry Deadline to January 16, 2015 (the “Student Judging Period”). Each member of the Nominating Committee will nominate one or more of the Entered Games based on the overall innovation, quality, impressiveness, and enjoyability of the Entered Game.
[IMPORTANT NOTE: There is now no concept of a 'middleware' category. However, those using middleware graphics engines should list them when asked for the game's platform when entering, and this will be taken into account when judging against those who have built their game engine from scratch.]
Each Original Game receiving one (1) of the eight (8) highest nominations from all members of the Nominating Committee will qualify as a “Student Showcase Winner.” On or around January 20, 2015, Sponsor will notify each Entrant by electronic and/or regular mail if that Entrant’s Entered Game was judged to be a Student Showcase Selection (each such Entrant, a “Student Winner”). In addition, the overall game with the highest amount of votes will win the Best Student Game Award, which will be announced at the Conference at approximately 7:00 p.m. PT on March 4, 2015.
STUDENT SHOWCASE SELECTION EXHIBITION :
Any Student Winner that does not satisfy all of the requirements of this section may be disqualified, and Sponsor may select an alternate Student Showcase Winner from the remaining Entered Games.
Each Student Winner must provide Sponsor with his or her social security or taxpayer I.D. number for tax reporting purposes. Each Student Winner will be required to exhibit his or her Student Showcase Selection at the Conference. Exhibition duties will include: (i) staffing a Conference booth; (ii) demonstrating the Student Showcase Selection during specified hours; and (iii) conducting oneself in a manner that upholds the good name and reputation of Sponsor, the Conference, and the Contest. Sponsor will provide one (1) display pod at the Conference for each Student Winner, which will consist of a counter, a monitor, speakers, hook-ups for electricity (and Internet connectivity if required), and signage indicating the name of the Student Winner and the name of the Student Showcase Selection. Each Student Winner will be expected to supply his or her own computer, console, or other platform required to display his or her Student Showcase Selection, along with any additional hardware necessary to operate the Student Showcase Selection.
Any Student Winner who is unable to attend may officially nominate a proxy attendee (the name and contact details of which to be electronically mailed to the Contest Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org within fourteen (14) days after notification of nomination has been sent to the Student Winner). Proxy attendees must perform the same duties as the actual Student Winners.
Each Student Winner will be responsible for his or her own costs of travel, meals, accommodations, and equipment in connection with the Contest and the Conference. All Student Winners must be in sufficient physical condition for safe travel to the Conference.
STUDENT SHOWCASE PRIZES :
Student Showcase Winners will receive:
- Two (2) All Access passes to the Conference (approximate value of $4000.00);
- Five (5) Exhibitor Passes (approximate value of $1,250);
- A $1000 prize for being a Student Showcase honoree (excluding the Best Student Game recipient);
- An award certificate;
- A one (1) year limited use license to use a version of the official Contest name and Student Showcase Selection logo in promotional materials relating to the Student Showcase Selection.
The estimated total value of each prize package is approximately $6,250.00. The estimated total value of the seven (7) prize packages is approximately $43,750.00.
WINNER PRIZES :
The Finalist who submits the Best Student Game will receive a $3,000 prize. In addition to the monetary prize, the Winner will receive an award plaque. The estimated total value of the prize package is approximately $8,250.00
PRIZE TERMS :
All monetary amounts are shown in United States dollars and all monetary prizes will be awarded in the form of checks or money orders in United States dollars. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any non-monetary prizes with items of equal or greater value. Each Student Winner will be solely responsible for bearing any income or other taxes, fees, or other costs relating to any prize.
It is possible that some or all Student Winners may be offered gifts from Conference sponsors or other third parties. Sponsor makes no representation or warranty that any such gifts will be offered or received, does not endorse any such gifts, and is no way responsible for any such gifts.
PRIOR CONTESTS :
Sponsor does not know how many games will be entered in the Contest. However, participation in similar contests held by Sponsor over previous years was as follows: 2014 – 345 games; 2013 - 303 games; 2012 - 295 games; 2011 - 283 games; 2010 - 190 games; 2009 - 145 games; 2008 - 127 games; 2006 - 80 games entered; 2005 - 110 games entered; 2004 - 80 games entered.
The Contest is open only to individuals 13 years or older who were full or part-time college or high school students during the Spring 2014 semester and who have access to the Internet on or before October 31, 2014. Individuals under the age of 18 years must provide evidence of parent or legal guardian consent satisfactory to Sponsor. Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and its advertising, promotion, and production agencies, as well as employees of any of the foregoing, members of such employees' immediate families (including spouse, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, step-children, step-parents and in-laws), and persons with whom such employees are domiciled, are not eligible. Each Entrant may enter only one (1) game in the Contest. In addition to the foregoing general eligibility requirements, the following additional requirements must be met:
- Student Requirements: The spirit of the Contest is to showcase what students can do, unassisted by professionals. As a result, only games that have been developed entirely by full or part-time college or high school students are eligible for entry. If a game has been developed with significant portions of the assets contributed by a professional, it is not eligible for entry. If entrants to the Contest are in doubt about the amount of externally created or contributed content in their game, please contact the organizers for clarification.
- Updates: Entered Game updates are permitted during the Nominating Period. Patched updates from competitors via FTP or CD-ROM will be permitted throughout the judging process. However, Sponsor does not guarantee the viewing or application of every patch/update by the Nominating Committee.
- Installation: All Entered Games (except for Web Browser Games) must include an automated installation and uninstallation routine.
- State of Development: All Entered Games must either be currently released, or be substantially feature-complete. You must have intent, at the time of submission, to release the game within 12 months of the IGF Ceremony, if your game is not already released or publicly playable.
- Platform: Entered Games may run on any platform (Windows, Mac, console, mobile/handheld, etc.). Any Entrant submitting an Entered Game that requires special hardware (e.g., uncommon input or display devices or older consoles) may be contacted by Sponsor to obtain the hardware at the Entrant's sole expense.
- Finalists: Finalist games from previous years are not eligible for re-submission into the Student or Main competition. This does not apply to honorable mentions.
By entering the Contest, each Entrant releases and holds harmless Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, and employees from any and all responsibility or liability arising out of or relating to: (i) any personal injury, death, property (including computer) damage, or other loss or claim of any kind arising from or in connection with any violation of these Official Rules; the Contest, the Conference or any Entered Game; the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize; or any travel required by the Contest; (ii) any entry or other materials that have been tampered with, that are misdirected, incomplete, incorrect, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, or, with respect to mail-in entries or materials, that are sent postage due; and (iii) computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, hardware, software, or other technical malfunctions or failures; garbled or jumbled transmissions; Internet or website inaccessibility or delays; printing or typographical errors in any Contest or Conference materials; or any other technical or human errors occurring in connection with the Contest or Conference.
By entering the Contest, each individual submitting entry materials (including an Entered Game) represents and warrants to Sponsor that:
- such individual is the Entrant;
- the Entrant and the Entered Game fully comply with all eligibility requirements and all other provisions of these Official Rules;
- in preparing the Entered Game and entering and participating in the Contest and the Conference, the Entrant has complied and will comply in all respects with all applicable laws, regulations, and rules and has not violated nor will violate any agreement or understanding by which it is bound, including any confidentiality, employment, consulting, intellectual property assignment, or license agreement;
- the Entered Game consists entirely of Entrant's own original work or of work to which Entrant has all necessary rights; and
- neither the Entered Game nor the duplication, use, display, performance, or distribution of the Entered Game will infringe or misappropriate any intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any person or entity.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest in its sole and absolute discretion if the Contest becomes technically corrupted or is not capable of being run as planned, including infections by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest. In such event, Sponsor will post notice at the Conference and on the Contest Website and will implement an alternate means for awarding all prizes.
If any part of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be deemed modified or eliminated to the extent necessary, in the court's opinion, to make it enforceable while preserving the original intent of the Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Official Rules will remain in full force and effect. The Contest will be governed by, and these Official Rules will be interpreted by, and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. The Contest is void where prohibited by law. Any dispute arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, the Contest, the Conference, or any prize must be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in San Francisco, California, and Sponsor and each Entrant irrevocably waive any objection to the venue and jurisdiction thereof.
STUDENT WINNERS LIST :
For the names of the Student Winners, which will be available after March 4, 2015, check the Contest Website or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
2015 Independent Games Festival Competition, Student Category
c/o UBM Tech Game Group
303 Second Street
Suite 900, South Tower
San Francisco, CA 94107
Telephone: (415) 947-6000