15 Years!

Seasons & Events

Each academic year brings a new OGPC Season. These begin with a Kickoff in November where the Season’s theme is announced. Teams then work to develop a game project they will show off and have judged at the Main Event in May.

Below are descriptions of how each season works. For information about specific seasons, please check out the Season specific pages under The Challenge menu.

OGPC Kickoff

At the start of each Season, we release information about the theme, competition rules, and information about the “achievements” that will be a part of the judging.

A great way to start the season is by having a team Kickoff meeting where you do some brainstorming and game design activities, learn about the theme, get excited about the season, and start making plans for your project. Although it is fun for everyone to learn about the theme together, you don’t have to hold your event on the day the theme is released. Plan an event for whatever date and time works for your team after the official Kickoff.


OGPC Main Event

The Main Event is the culmination of teams’ efforts — it is where they bring their games to share with others, compete for prizes, and learn from industry professionals.

What to expect

The day starts with check-in and getting your table assignment and schedule (which includes judging times and lunchtime). Judging happens throughout the day with each team assigned a time block where they will present to judges. During the rest of the day, students will show their projects to other students, check out the games made by others, attend breakout sessions with industry speakers, and have opportunities to talk to WOU representatives about their programs. After judging is complete, we wrap up with the awards ceremony.

Schedule (Approximate)

8:30 – Doors open for setup
9:45 – Opening ceremony
10:00 – Judging begins!
Noon to 1:00 – Lunch
3:30 – Begin packing up
4:00 – Awards ceremony in Warner Center
5:00 – Time to head out!

Presentation & Judging

Each team gets a table to set up their project and information about it. The team should try to make sure that someone is staffing the table throughout the day to show off their project to others (who will be voting for the People’s Choice Award!)

Sessions

At each year’s event, we strive to bring excellent talks from industry and education. Past topics have included “My Journey from Student to Game Designer”, “I’m a Software Engineer: Ask Me Anything”, “Women in STEM Fields,” and “Audio Production Tips and Tricks.” Check for topics and times in the Coach’s packet, received at registration, and posted in NPE all day.

Open to the public!

The Oregon Game Project Challenge Main Event is free to attend and open to the public. No need to register or get tickets to attend. So invite friends and family members to visit during the day and check out all the games.


Team Registration & Fees

Registration for OGPC is done through the Team Management System (TMS) and begins right when the season starts. Registering a team is free and will allow you to start filling out information about your team and project in TMS. It also will make sure you are on our radar for updates.

To actually compete, teams need to submit their entry fee ($50). Although you do not have to do this when you register, capacity at the Main Event is limited, and until your team has both registered for the season and has paid its entry fee, it is not guaranteed a spot.

Registration and payment both close one month in advance of the Main Event.

During a block of time (provided to each team in their schedule for the day), judges will come to visit your table. Your team needs to be ready to give the judges an elevator pitch for your game and then explain aspects of it. Every team member should be ready to participate.