Game On



Cool Moods, 316 Animation Studios

SurviVR, Jose Manuel Guzman Fierro

Solem Mortem, Nichola Bird, Jimmy Brown Jr., Eric Mendoza, Tamara Scott

General Information

This competition has been created to encourage independent game development and fresh voices in the video game industry.

Deadline for submissions:

  • Entry deadline – July 10th, 2017. Please submit a video describing your game idea (Vimeo or Youtube), showcasing the art style, and demonstrating any development or prototype work that has been done to this point. You will also need to complete the entry form, and have all required parties sign the form. Note that games do not need to be completed. But, if you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will need to submit a playable prototype or vertical slice in stage two.
  • Semi-Finals – August 31st, 2017.  All semi-finalists will be notified by this date. The number of semi-finalists chosen will depend on number and quality of entrants. We anticipate between six and twelve.

By entering your game idea for consideration for the 2017 GAME ON competition, you authorize that your work is cleared for exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the competition constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2017 GAME ON Competition. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless MIA ANIMATION, LLC,, and any other agents, owners and employees of said entities from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Judging criteria

  • Appeal of the overall experience. Is it fun and does it cause the player to want more?
  • Art style. Is it original and appealing?
  • Is there a clear sense of creative vision in the game, and does it do something surprising and new?
  • Interview performance. How did the developer respond to questions in the interview? Did the interview add to the level of confidence that this game can be completed?
  • Attendee comments. Attendees who play the games in the showcase will be given the chance to provide feedback. This feedback will be taken into account.


  • Leah Hoyer, Vice President Creative at Tell Tale Games, Inc.
  • Chance Glasco, Chief Creative Officer at Doghead Simulations
  • Sara O’Connor, Gaming Screiptwriter


The Winner of GAME ON 2017 will have a consultation with professionals at the IDEA CENTER at Miami Dade College. Take your  GAME PROTOTYPE  and make it into a BUSINESS. The best program at the Idea Center will be selected for the winner of this competition.




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