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Games for Change Offering $10K Prize For Game About Migration

Games for Change, in partnership with the Migration Policy Institute, is offering a $10,000 prize for games about migrant and refugee issues.

The challenge is for designers to submit their game ideas that address the problems that immigrant populations face. The contest page goes into much more detail about what they’re looking for from designers.

“The integration of migrant populations has always been an important issue faced by many countries all around the world. Integration is a two-way street, with native-born and immigrant populations both experiencing significant change, challenges and opportunity.”

“How can a game help people understand and work through concerns over perceived job competition and changes in the cultural fabric while recognizing the economic, linguistic, and cultural benefits that can accrue to the broader society when immigrants can also succeed? How can a game experience emphasize community engagement to help migrants and their neighbors improve their understanding of each other?”

Judges will be evaluating the submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Functionality, user experience and design
  • Commercial appeal
  • Level of creativity and innovation in design
  • Integration of challenge theme/content and gameplay
  • Thoughtfulness of response and overall proposal
  • Effectiveness of game concept to achieve desired goal/learning outcome
  • Scope of concept and perceived effort, timeline and budget required
  • Quality of overall materials submitted.

Submissions are now open, and will be open until February 15, 2017. The winner will be selected on March 15, 2017. You do not need to have any previous experience designing games. Submissions must be in English. You can find the online submission form here.

Games for Change is an organization that is attempting to effect change through digital games. The Migration Policy Institute is an independent think tank in Washington, DC that studies migration and refugee issues. They also evaluate governmental policies that relate to immigration and refugees.

Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is “The Name of the Wind.”
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Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is "The Name of the Wind."

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