Game submission opens June 17th, 2024 and closes August 23rd, 2024. All games must be submitted in this window to be eligible for the 2024 Challenge.

We need a WORKING, PLAYABLE version of your game. We evaluate each game by actually playing it, so a video or storyboard is not sufficient. Beta versions or single levels of a planned multi-level game are acceptable, but we must be able to evaluate the actual gameplay. Also, if there is not a tutorial or stated objective included in the game, please provide basic instructions on gameplay and goals/objectives, including supporting material if any specialized knowledge or procedures are required and not embedded in the game.

If you are a business entry you must also pay the entry fee.

We need a working, playable version of the game submitted by the end of the entry period in August. Due to the large number of high quality entries we receive, we can’t put every game on the floor at I/ITSEC, and we need to see a playable version for our finalist selection process, which starts in September after the submission window closes. Finalists are given an opportunity to bring an updated version to the I/ITSEC event to display.

Serious Games Showcase & Challenge does not support “modded” games. Only original creations are allowed.

Yes, you can still submit. You must provide ONE piece of specialized hardware (controller, security dongle, etc.) by the end of submission period, and be prepared to provide the hardware at the SGS&C event at I/ITSEC if you are selected as a finalist.

Due to convention center regulations, to attend the conference entrants must be 12 years of age on or before the first day of the Conference. Entrants under the age of 18 (or the age of majority in the individual’s resident state/country and domiciliary state/country and, in addition, the state/country where acceptance of the Official Rules occurs) must include their parent or legal guardian on the entry form as part of their development team and identify them as such.

Youth (age 12 through 15) are allowed on the Conference exhibit floor during exhibit hours only and only with a parent or chaperone; children under 12 will not be granted access at any time. Youth must remain with their chaperone and students will be required to provide student ID. Absolutely no one under the age of 16 will be allowed access to the exhibit hall during set up/removal periods. Finalists who are under the age of 18 must have adult representation throughout the Challenge process. This adult must serve as the spokesperson and responsible party for the submission and participation process as well as at the conference; must serve as a chaperone on the showroom floor; and must be able to speak legally on the Finalist’s behalf.

An entry that is purely a game editor will not be able to be evaluated, since our criteria are primarily based on playing the submitted game and the associated learning/training objectives. Games that include an editor or mission creation feature are fine, as long as the existing game is primary submission.

Finalists must have a representative physically present on the Conference exhibit floor to win an award. This requirement may be suspended by the SGS&C Director if attendance is impacted by exceptional circumstances.

All military members and federal government employees should consult with their chain of command and ethics counselors to determine whether they are authorized:

1) to disclose the information that is the subject of the entry; and
2) by the Joint Ethics Regulations and Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch to accept a winner’s award.

Games may NOT contain CUI, Classified, or FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) information.

If any part of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be deemed modified or eliminated to the extent necessary, in the court’s opinion, to make it enforceable while preserving the original intent of the Host, and the remaining parts of these Official Rules will remain in full force and effect. The Challenge will be governed by, and these Official Rules will be interpreted by, and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida and applicable United States federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles.

The Challenge will be governed by, and these Official Rules will be interpreted by, and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida and applicable United States federal law,without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. The Challenge is void where prohibited by law. Any dispute arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, the Challenge, the Conference, or any award must be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in Orlando, Florida, and Host and each Entrant irrevocably waive any objection to the venue and jurisdiction thereof.


International entries are highly encouraged. If you game is played primarily in a language other than English, you will be required to provide enough translated material for our evaluators to adequately play and evaluate your game.

International Finalists must adhere to the guidelines provided by NTSA for attendance and participation at the Conference.

There is a non-refundable application fee that must be submitted in conjunction with the entry form in order for the entry to be officially entered. The application fee may be paid by credit card using the link found on the Submissions page. THE APPLICATION FEE IS WAIVED FOR ENTRANTS REGISTERING UNDER THE STUDENT AND GOVERNMENT CATEGORIES AS DEFINED IN THE RULES.

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs. To learn more about the conference and its details, please visit their website at:

I/ITSEC is held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. To learn more about the area please refer to The OCCC website.

Helpful Links

We would be happy to help you. Please reach out to our team.

Still have questions? Reach our to our team.

We would be happy to help you. Please reach out to our team.