Are You A College Video Game Creator? You Can Show Off Your Work at This Year's E3... If You're Good Enough

By Masoud House

February 4, 2013


The video game industry is a bit scary right now. Longtime video game studios are shutting down left and right, the state of and future of consoles is constantly debated, gun violence is ruining the image of the industry as a whole, and there are tons and tons of indie gamers all vying for a spot in the spotlight. This must feel like a lot to a college student and newcomer to the scene, but thanks to the Entertainment Software Association, things may have gotten a little easier.

As reported by Kotaku, the ESA have just announced a content for college students in the United States, allowing around 400 schools to enter the competition and start sending submissions in on March 15, 2013. Each school–not each student–will be able to submit only one video game, complete with “story details and content assets.” The final deadline for submissions will be April 19, 2013. In May, judges will review the entries, cut them down to five finalists, and display those projects at the E3 conference in L.A. this June. The winner will be chosen during E3.

This may seem like a lot, and so soon… and with the prospect of mingling “with the top video game industry figures,” (including publishers, developers, venture capital and marketing executives), there’s a lot riding on this contest. Hopefully, if interest and quality is high, this will lead to further contests that will give young up-and-comers the chance to showcase their work in front of the industry’s best.

Details about the competition can be found on the ESA website. If you’re thinking about entering, we at wish you the best of luck, and hope to be viewing–and as always, reporting–on your submissions this summer.

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Masoud House

Born and raised in video games and "geek culture," Masoud has been bred off of fantasy worlds his entire life and doesn't see anything wrong with that. He loves RPGs (especially TRPGs), sandbox games, the sci-fi genre, dieselpunk, art deco, and anything that allows him to create. Having graduated from John Jay College with a degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing, Masoud hopes to one day pen the same novels, comics, movies, and video games he enjoys escaping into when the real world gets too boring.

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