The SGS&C Challenge

The SGS&C Challenge invites contestants to submit entries when the submission period opens. The opening and closure dates for submission can be found on the SGS&C home page and on the right side of this page. Entries are to be “serious” games, whose primary purpose is not purely entertainment. This can include educational, training, simulation, defense, medical rehabilitation, or anything intended to teach a skill useable in the “real” world. 

Contestants must comply with the official SGS&C rules and the instructions from the SGS&C Submissions Subcommittee, which can be found here: 2023 SGS&C Official Rules. In addition to finalists chosen through our evaluation process, winners from SimTecT Serious Games Showcase and the DSET Serious Games Showcase automatically receive a finalist entry under the international collaboration initiative.

After the submission period closes, the SGS&C Planning Committee conducts a downselect process to select finalists. Finalists will be notified to start making plans to attend I/ITSEC. The Challenge then enters the evaluation period where an esteemed panel of evaluators determines the winners of the awards in each category.

The SGS&C have updated our timeline to be more aligned to the I/ITSEC planning cycle, deadlines for exhibitor services, and to allow finalists more time to plan their attendance at the event.

For the 2023 SGS&C, submissions will be open from June 15 and close on August 25. Finalists will be selected in late September and those chosen will showcase their games at I/ITSEC during Nov. 27th-Dec. 1 in Orlando, Florida.


The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is November 27th – December 1st, 2023, in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center.

Learn more about The Awards and visit The Showcase section to see our past finalists and winners.

Ready to Enter The Challenge?

Go to the How To Enter page to get all the needed information and access the Submission Form.

Also check out the FAQs for more information.