What is The National Young Game Inventors Contest?
The NYGC is a contest designed for kids ages 5-12 in which you design a board game (with all its pieces, rules, and a board) and earn the chance to win prizes (a trip, a $10,000 savings bond, a game library, and more!). In addition, the winning game may be produced by University Games for our 2014 lineup.
What do I have to do?
Design a board game! You’ll need to think up the idea for the game that’s fun to play (it can be on any subject, but must be a board game, not a card game or other toy). Then, decide what the board and pieces look like, figure out the rules and how to play and design a sample of the board and pieces. Try it out with friends or your family, just to make sure it all works! When you are done, send the game to us with an entry form by October 1, 2013 (Entries will not be judged on artwork.)
Entrants’ birthdays must be between 1/1/01 and 1/1/08
Entries must be in the form of a board game designed by a child age 5-12
Entries must be received by October 1, 2013
Prizes – $10,000 savings bond, trip to San Francisco (for 4 nights including lodging and airfare for up to 2 adults and 2 children), and a CHANCE to have the game published. Four Runners-up will receive a game library from UG, and all five finalists will receive a $200 gift card to Toys”R”Us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I get notified who the winner is?
Only the winner will be notified. All other entrants can find out who the winner is by logging onto www.universitygames.com in November, 2013.
Will I get my entry back?
No. All submissions will become the property of University Games. If you want to remember what you submitted, please make an extra copy for yourself.
How do I know if my entry was received?
Please allow 2-4 weeks after you have submitted the entry before calling. At that point, you can call 1-800-347-4818 to ask whether your submission has been received.
Must I live in the US to participate in the contest?
My best friend and I have a killer idea for a game. Can we enter together?
Only one name can be submitted with each entry. You will either need to decide which one of you will be represented or come up with an idea all on your own.
My Mom helped me design the game. Is that okay?
She can only help supervise. The game must be the sole creation of the child.
Can I just send you the rules?
No. Besides submitting the rules, you will also need to include the board game and all the relevant pieces (markers, tokens, cards, etc.).
Will my game get published if I am the winner?
Not necessarily. After determining the winner, we will decide whether the game is published.
If my game is published, will I receive royalties?
No. All the prizes (including prize money) are given upfront.
To find out more visit the University Games’ website.