Build Your Future

March 1-3 in San Francisco, California

See Who Won!
Kai

Grand Prize

Iggy The Coder

By: Kai

Ethan

Second Place

What Is Your Move?

By: Ethan
Hannah

Third Place

CompSci

By: Hannah

What does your future look like?

This year’s KVGM Challenge: Build your own video game using Bloxels and show us exactly what the future holds for you!

You can be anything you want to be. Are you an astronaut whirling through space on your way to Mars? Are you a veterinarian healing dangerous wild animals on the African savannah? Maybe you’re a superhero whose sole purpose is to protect humanity from evil-doers?

It’s time to build your future. What will you make?! The possibilities are endless!

What is KVGM?

Video games are special, because they combine so many different disciplines - art, programming, architecture, story-telling, iterative development, quality testing and many more.

Kids as Video Game Makers is a contest designed to give kids - ages 5-14 - the opportunity to show off their video game-making skills.

With Bloxels, we're giving kids as young as 5 years old the power to create and share within a medium they know and love: video games - as well as learning through the entire process.

What is GDC?

Game Developers Conference (GDC) is where everyone involved in the video game industry comes to hang out, learn, show off new games/toys and exchange ideas that shape the future of the industry.

Over 27,000 people attend this conference every year in San Francisco, California. It's a pretty big deal! Actually, it's the biggest video game conference in the world.

How does KVGM Work?

KVGM starts with a 3-week window for kid's to concept, design, build, test, play their own video game telling a story about how they envision their future. Kids between the ages of 6-14 years old will create their game and then submit it – along with their own game box art – to our panel of industry judges to compete for the top prize: an All-Expense Paid Trip for up to 4 People to GDC in San Francisco, California from March 1-3, 2017! Also, the top 3 winners will each have their game and box art on display and recognized at Game Developers Conference, the worlds largest professional video game event, held in San Francisco each year.

This is a unique opportunity to be highlighted on the grand stage alongside major video game publishers, indie developers, and industry professionals!

  • Creativity (1-5 points)
  • Level Design Challenge & Fun Factor (1-5 points)
  • Storytelling (1-5 points)
  • Unique Use of Toolset (1-5 points)
  • Surprise (1-5 points)

Contest Timeline

Monday: January 16, 2017 8a PST - KVGM17 officially launches! Contestants begin registering online.

January 16th - February 17th - Create, design & build your game & submit.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 - Official Submissions will begin online.

Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 11:59p PST - Submission Deadline for all KVGM entries

Monday, February 20th - Friday, February 24th - Judging Period

Tuesday, February 28th 3p PST - Top Makers and Grand Prize Winner revealed in San Francisco at Game Developers Conference.

Tuesday February, 28th - Friday, March 3rd - Top Makers Games on display at the Bloxels booth at the 31st Annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.

Judges Panel

Bert Reuler

Bert Reuler

Mattel Global Product Lead - Emerging Tech
Debra Sterling

Debra Sterling

Goldie Blox Founder and CEO
John Eternal

John Eternal

Playstation Developer Relations
Ryan Harwell

Ryan Harwell

Cartoon Network Digital Development & Developer Relations
Chris Sumsky

Chris Sumsky

Crystal Fish Games Director & Co-Founder
Yonatan Raz-Fridman

Yonatan Raz-Fridman

Kano Co-Founder
Kurt Klynen

Kurt Klynen

Teacher, Author, and Presenter in België
Matt Raithel

Matt Raithel

Graphite Lab Founder
Robert Kalman

Robert Kalman

Pixel Press Educator in Residence
Rob Santos

Rob Santos

Webster University Game Design and Production Instructor
Travis Allen

Travis Allen

iSchool Initiative President and CEO
Matt Farber

Matt Farber

Valleyview Middle School New Jersey City University Teacher, Author
Mark Pavlyukovsky

Mark Pavlyukovsky

Piper Inc. Founder and CEO
Carol Tang

Carol Tang

Children's Creativity Museum Executive Director
Andy Russell

Andy Russell

Google Tinkerer
David Park

David Park

DIY Game Co. COO

Grand Prize Winner

All Expense Paid Trip to GDC for up to 4 People

  • Includes Flight, Hotel & GDC Entry Fee
  • Poster, Game & Various Game Art Featured in the Bloxels Booth at GDC

Second Place

  • $500 Cash Prize Toward Technology Focused Learning Program
  • Poster, Game & Various Game Art Featured in the Bloxels Booth at GDC

Third Place

  • $250 Cash Prize Toward Technology Focused Learning Program
  • Poster, Game & Various Game Art Featured in the Bloxels Booth at GDC