The primary purpose of the Challenge is to advance the concept of using games as a training/education medium. In the furtherance of this goal, SGS&C is actively partnering with other conferences who share this vision by either establishing a regional international Challenge or collaboratively linking their serious games competition with SGS&C. The end state is for four regional international Challenges: one each in Europe, Asia, South America, and Oceania.
In 2012, Simulation Australia sponsored the first international challenge, the Serious Games Showcase, at the SimTecT conference. SimTecT nominates two winners from their contest who get an automatic finalist berth in this SGS&C. In 2015, Australian nominee Monkeystack won not only the first award from the continent, but two awards with their game Project Desal! This year, Simulation Australasia will host their Serious Games Showcase & Challenge as part of the Australasian Simulation Congress (ASC) and expect the biggest contest yet.
In 2015, SGS&C began a partnership with Brazilian Independent Games Festival (BIG), the first and largest festival of independent games in Latin America.
SGS&C is exploring partnership opportunities for the other three international regions. The benefits of regional international Challenges are multi-faceted:
* Increased visibility of serious gaming within the region;
* Expanded serious game networking opportunities internationally; and
* The acceleration of our primary goal to advance serious gaming.
Developers also benefit from the regional Challenges – the student and grand prize winners are automatic finalists for all relevant awards in the SGS&C, and get assistance to attend I/ITSEC in Orlando, Florida!
Serious Game advocates – contact us if you are interested in partnering your serious games competition with SGS&C, or establishing a Challenge in Europe, Asia or South America Serious Game developers. Take advantage of the opportunities to get your game the exposure and recognition it deserves. Enter your regional Challenge and/or the SGS&C at I/ITSEC.