Google Play’s Change the Game design challenge is now accepting entries

Google Play is calling all creatives for 2020.

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Google Play’s Change the Game, an initiative that empowers women as gamers and creators, began accepting entries for its 2020 design challenge on Monday. To enter, designers aged 13-18 can submit their original mobile game idea along with a statement about why they are passionate about gaming or what change they would like to see in the gaming industry. The competition is open from May 11 to July 31. No prior experience is necessary.

Since the schools closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Google Play has added a new facet of competition. Those whose games are selected will receive an invitation to participate in four online game development workshops organized by Girls Make Games, Google Play’s partner in the competition.

During the summer workshops, participants will learn how to design, animate and publish their game with experts in the field. Afterwards, designers will receive a playable prototype of their game, copies of all course materials, workshop loot, a certificate of completion, and a new Chromebook.

Last year, Google offered participants a chance to win a $15,000 college scholarship and a $15,000 technology donation to their school and/or community center. The finalists’ games included coming-of-age stories, science fiction, virtual pets and fantasy games.


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