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Calling all game makers


The Dream.Build.Play 2017 Challenge is pushing game makers to maximize their creativity and create experiences that engage gamers from across the world. This competition is open to all creators, working solo or in teams of up to seven. Create a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) game for one of the categories below by December 31, 2017, and you’ll have a chance to win cash prizes and share your game with the world.

To participate, all team members must register

If you’ve already registered, simply visit My Info to create your profile and enter your game.


Dream.Build.Play categories

Cloud-powered game


Grand Prize: $100,000 USD

Build a game that uses Azure Cloud Services on the backend, like Service Fabric, CosmosDB, containers, VMs, storage, and Analytics. Judges will give higher scores to games that use multiple services in creative ways-and will award bonus points for Mixer integration.



PC game


Grand Prize: $50,000 USD

Create a Windows 10 game using whatever technology you prefer—even middleware like Unity, Cocos, and GameMaker—and publish it to the Windows Store. Using Windows 10 features like Cortana or Inking will give your game an advantage with the judges. 

Mixed reality game


Grand Prize: $50,000 USD

Create an immersive mixed reality experience that lets players interact with 3D volumetric content in a virtual space. Use whichever tools you prefer (like Unity) to build as long as your game uses Windows Mixed Reality. Judges will prefer games that incorporate audio content.

Console game


Grand Prize: $25,000 USD

Build a UWP game for the Xbox One console family and incorporate the Xbox Live Creators Program with at least Xbox Live presence. Extra consideration will be given to games that incorporate Xbox Live services like leaderboards and statistics.


Getting started

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Additional prizes to win

NEW! Enter the Advertising SDK Sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000

Create an ad campaign using the Microsoft Advertising SDK in your 2017 Challenge game entry and you'll be automatically entered into the sweepstakes. One winning game entry will be chosen for the $5,000 USD grand prize. See the Official Rules for details on how to include the SDK in your game.


Xsolla takes your game global for the 2017 Challenge

Xsolla is sponsoring an additional prize for entrants competing in the PC Game category. One team will win a full year of access to Xsolla’s global game distribution platform, plus a trip to Los Angeles to pitch your game for development with Xsolla Capital. See the updated 2017 Challenge rules for details.


Developer Diary Contest

Open now through December 31, 2017. Create a diary that highlights your efforts building UWP games to compete for a cash prize of $5,000 USD.

Diaries can be blog or video posts and must contain a minimum of 5 posts spanning a time period of more than 30 days. Be sure to reference Microsoft or other Dream.Build.Play sponsored technologies used in your post. Blog posts much contain 350 words or more. Each video entry must be at least 8 minutes in length.



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