Students: Enter Your Video Game at Annual Game Trade Show

Finalists will show off their work at E3

27 February 2013

Hey IEEE student members: Are you into game development? Does your school offer video game development courses? If so, consider entering your university into the college video game competition, being held by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Finalists will get to showcase their work at E3, to be held 11 to 13 June in Los Angeles. E3 is the world’s biggest trade show for computer and video games and features demos of new games and consoles, which in the past have included the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii and Wii U.

To be eligible for the contest, you must attend a U.S. university, college, art, or trade school that offers video game courses, certificates, or degree programs. Each school can submit one video game developed by students, which will be judged by a panel of game industry professionals. You can enter the contest from 15 March to 19 April. Five finalists will be notified on 10 May, and they’ll get to showcase their work at the event. The winner will be announced during E3. ESA hasn’t yet provided the complete instructions for submission, but you can get more information by e-mailing

If you’re curious about what it takes to become a game developer, be sure to check out Making the Jump Into Games, part of our December 2011 special issue on video games. And read a first-hand account of how one IEEE member got into the industry in this guest blog post. Also, be sure to check out IEEE’s various products and services that can help you get started with your game developer career.

Besides the student competition, this year’s E3 is expected to be especially exciting, with some highly anticipated launches. The next-generation Xbox could be unveiled there. In a break from tradition, Sony already announced its next console, the PS4, at a news conference in February, but might be showing off the hardware at E3. Stay tuned for complete coverage of the event in June, when I’ll be reporting on it for a special assignment for IEEE Spectrum.

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