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About the Oregon Game Project Challenge

Game screenshotOGPC is the only state-wide video game creation competition in Oregon! It introduces middle and high school students to design, planning, and development basics while educating them in science and technology. Teams of up to seven middle or high school students use their talents in programming, art, sound/music, writing, and more to create computer games designed to be fun, challenging, and innovative around a socially responsible annual theme. Teams present their games to industry professionals and are awarded in several categories during the statewide competition in late April or early May.

What does the OGPC Season Look Like?

Game screenshotThe OGPC season kicks off in November, when we host a state-wide OGPC Game Jam to announce the theme, provide design workshops, and kickoff the event. These design workshops are a great way to kick off the OGPC season for a team. This is where participants will collaborate on game design and brainstorm different ideas for potential video games. Our season culminates in the spring with the OGPC Main Event at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR. At the main event, teams will meet with software and game industry professionals that will evaluate their process and products against a set of achievements across a few different categories. Teams also have time to present their games to other teams and play games produced by other teams.

What does it take to coach an OGPC team?

Game screenshotThe OGPC team are committed to helping coaches have a successful experience coaching OGPC teams. We periodically post information on our coach page and provide training during the OGPC season at Game Jams and online. In some cases, OGPC is also able to provide a connection to a technical mentor that can assist a coach with guiding a team through the OGPC season. Contact us if you need help finding a technical mentor.

Why the Oregon Game Project Challenge?

By creating a great game, students can:

  • Win recognition and achievement awards
  • Have fun developing a game for others to play
  • Learn the basics of game development and the underlying computer science
  • Work with friends and teammates on a fun, creative project
  • Gauge their interest in learning more about game development and computer science
  • Practice aspects of creating a product and turning ideas and theory into (virtual) reality

OGPC by the numbers

  • Years: 11 (since 2008)
  • Schools: 45+ (⅓ middle school, ⅔ high school)
  • Students: 2000+ (25% girls)
  • Volunteers: 100+

Who is Responsible for OGPC?

The Oregon Game Project Challenge is run by a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization by the same name in partnership with dozens of volunteers and other supporting organizations. We are always looking for more volunteers!

The Board of Directors consists of:

  • Jan Boley
  • Jake Brownson
  • Arian Kulp
  • Duncan Millard
  • Alan Rogers
  • Andrew Scholer