College Game Competition gives students chance to shine at E3

Five schools' games will be selected to be shown off at E3.

The Entertainment Software Association wants the next generation of game developers to get an early feel for what it’s like to display their work at E3. The organization has announced the College Game Competition, where nearly 400 colleges and universities will compete for one of five spots showcase their game development program’s title to the industry on its grandest stage this June.

As stated, each academic institution will bring its game development students together to submit one collective game. It must be playable and the school must submit story details and content assets to be judged by a panel of industry veterans and media professionals.

“The collegiate game competition is an important step for the ESA in encouraging and rewarding students pursuing careers in video game development,” said ESA President and CEO Mike Gallagher. “Our learning institutions house so much innovation and talent that will shape the future of our industry and ESA intends to honor student achievement and provide a deserved spotlight at E3.”

Submissions must be made no sooner than March 15 and no later than April 19. Finalists will be notified of their success on May 10, with the winner being announced during E3 itself.

Any colleges or universities interested in obtaining information on competition rules and submission guidelines can contact the ESA via email at


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Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

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