Ready for your chance to show the gaming industry what you’ve got? Here’s how to enter the 2010 Indie Game Challenge:
  • 1.) Read the Official Contest Rules and register online using the button below.
  • 2.) Mail us the following:

    • Your Video Game on a Disc (10 copies)
      • All game discs must be submitted with an installer. Game discs must also include a document with instructions for installing the game and basic game play instructions. This document must be in PDF, Word, text, or HTML. For a full list of entry requirements and guidelines, please read the Official Contest Rules. iPhone game entries require a special process for submission. For detailed instructions on how to submit an iPhone game, please email
    • Your Pitch Video on a Disc (2 copies)
      • In 60 seconds or less, tell us about you or your team, your game, and why you think your game should win the Indie Game Challenge. Entrants can take creative liberties to showcase video editing skills and have the option to incorporate themselves and/or footage of their game in order to make pitch. Remember, the public may end up seeing this video, so lets keep it clean! Please read the Official Contest Rules for format requirements for Pitch Video.
    • Copy of your registration confirmation page
    • Copy of your PayPal confirmation receipt (see step 3)
      • Make sure to include your name, and the name of your game in the Body of your Paypal payment.
    • Mail to:
      • Indie Game Challenge
      • 5232 Tennyson Parkway
      • Building 2
      • Plano, TX 75024
  • 3.) Submit your entry fee via PayPal

    • You will see a payment link on the confirmation page once you register.
    • The entry fee is $100 (or $75 if you are a GameStop Edge Card member). Entry fees are being used to cover administrative costs for The Guildhall at SMU, and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, both of which are non-profit organizations. Any remaining funds will be used to fund scholarships for video game design/development students.

Q. How do I contact a live person for registration help and questions about game submissions?

A. Contact the Indie Game Challenge via the help line email address first: If your problem requires personal assistance, someone will contact you via telephone.

Q. Will we be receiving any information between the registration and game submission deadline?

A. Yes. Every registrant will receive an email informing them that their entry package and games have been received and are being processed.

Q. Can I enter iPhone games in the Indie Game Challenge?

A. Yes, teams and individuals are limited to entering only one iPhone game into the Indie Game Challenge. iPhone game entries require a special process for submission. For detailed instructions on how to submit on iPhone game, please email

Q. What if I am chosen as a finalist and can’t attend the awards presentation in Las Vegas? Will I still be eligible to win?

A. Yes.

Q.What if I am awarded a scholarship but do not wish to use it? Can I receive monetary compensation instead?

A. No. During the registration process, you will be asked whether or not you wish to be considered for the scholarship. At that time, you must make your decision. If you choose not to be considered, the scholarship will go to another candidate.

Q. Who are some of the publishers that we could possibly meet if chose as a finalist?

A. Capcom, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, NAMCO/Bandai, Nintendo, Sony, THQ, and Ubisoft.

Q. Are there any other ways to pay without using a credit card?

A. Yes. You can add a bank account to your PayPal account and pay via e-check. PayPal is the only accepted way to pay for registration.

Q. Will I be responsible for paying taxes on any awards I receive?

A. Yes. Please refer to the Official Rules for all the information regarding taxation on the winners’ prizes.