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The Games Innovation Challenge, brought to you by NSE and sponsored by Barclays, is a game creation challenge open to university and college students across the UK.  You have eight weeks to create an innovative playable game. 

For those that want to get competitive, submissions will be judged by a panel of industry experts with a prize pool of £5,000 for the best entries!


We want to see the most innovative games you can come up with, but we’ll be judging them on the following categories which are awarded prizes. 

Gameplay: We’re looking for the most original concept, excellent storytelling and enjoyable gameplay

Design: Design elements will be judged from sound, art style, graphics and technical quality

Social Impact: With purpose at the game’s heart, we’re looking at games that tackle difficult issues, for example, promoting environmental sustainability or looking at how to make the game more accessible

Epic Unreal Choice: Games designed using the Unreal engine

Unity Choice: Games designed using the Unity games engine

Prize Breakdown

  • First Place - £2,500
  • Gameplay Award - £500
  • Design Award - £500
  • Social Impact Award - £500
  • Epic Unreal Choice - £500
  • Unity Choice - £500


Eligible submissions will be judged by a panel of industry experts from the world of game development, publishing and esports.

Judges will assess submissions based on the criteria below so make sure to consider these carefully when planning your project:

  • Technical Quality: How well does it run and how challenging was it to create? 
  • Look and Feel: How do the sound and graphics make you feel?
  • Entertainment: How fun is it to play?
  • Innovation: Is there a twist? What’s unique about it?
  • Social Impact: Does the game tackle a challenging subject?

As is often the case, you might not quite finish your project. If this happens, submit what you can and try to show the judges your vision for the finished project.


  • Your team may include as many members as you like (we recommend five) but must submit registration forms and meet the eligibility requirements to be eligible for prizes.
  • You can develop your game using any platform you’re licensed to use provided you submit something playable at the end.
  • Your game concept should be new, but you may use prebuilt assets and code provided you have permission to do so.
  • You must submit before the end of the submission window and may not update your submission once the submission window is closed.
  • Everything you create and submit is yours but, if you win, you’ll let us use video/images of your game to promote the challenge in the future.
  • We want all games to be playable by everyone, so no NSFW content and games must be in line with our code of conduct.


The NSE Games Innovation Challenge is intended for UK university and college students. However, we recognise that you may want to include friends that are not studying. To be eligible to participate in the challenge contest, the majority of your declared team, as well as your nominated project lead, must be currently enrolled at a recognised UK higher education provider. 

For the avoidance of doubt, you don’t need to be studying any specific course or be attending the same university as your teammates provided you meet the above criteria. If you don’t meet these requirements we’d still love to see your creations but unfortunately, you won’t be eligible for prizes. 

If you have any questions about your eligibility you can reach out to


  • Submissions open: 31/01/2022
  • Submissions close: 24/03/2022
  • Judging: 01/04/2022
  • Winner announced: 06/04/2022

Entry Checklist

  • Gather your team and come up with a name. Decide on your project, which can have a separate name to your team name.
  • Submit your game on this page.
  • Fill out the Team Registration form. In this form, you can also upload any supporting work e.g. project plans, storyboards, mock-ups, development work etc.
  • Finished!

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More about Barclays

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Good luck


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Windows (6)
macOS (1)
Linux (1)
Android (1)

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