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What is the Dream.Build.Play 2017 Challenge?
The 2017 Challenge is a skilled-based contest looking for the latest and greatest UWP games from the indie developer community. Go solo or assemble a team of up to 7 members (including you) to create your game and enter it in one or more of the following categories: PC game, Console game, Mixed reality game and Cloud-powered game. Submit your game starting on August 2 to compete for cash prizes of more than $200,000 USD.
Am I eligible to compete in Dream.Build.Play?
Yes, as long as you:
Are at least 18 years old
Can create and submit your game in English
Have the technical programming education, experience and/or knowledge to create games for UWP
Legally live within a qualifying region
If you're employed by a game development company that has 7 or more employees, you are eligible as long as your submission was not developed as a part of your job or for pay. If you are employed by an independent game developer with fewer than 7 employees, your submission is eligible if it was developed as part of your job/for pay. Of course, if you’re just a straight-up independent developer, welcome!
For complete eligibility details, read the 2017 Challenge Rules.
Can I enter on my own or do I have to be a part of a Team?
You may enter as an individual or as a member of a Team. Individuals who are eligible to participate in the Challenge may participate collectively as a "Team", which may include at least one (1), but not more than six (6) additional individual Team members (up to a maximum total of seven (7) members).
How do I join a Team?
The first member of a Team to create an Entry will be designated as the Team Captain. They will be responsible for identifying all additional Team members associated with that game Entry. All Team Members must sign up in order to be associated with a Team and a game Entry. More information about how to set up your team will be available when the Team Formation and Game Submission period goes live August 2.
Who owns the Intellectual Property?
By entering, you’re allowing us to access the stuff you submit and letting us play your game so we can judge it properly. Microsoft is not claiming any ownership rights to your Entry. You retain ownership of your game IP. Microsoft does NOT have the rights to sell, publish or distribute your game. However, by submitting your Entry, you are granting Microsoft an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your Entry and all its content, in connection with this Challenge.
Read the 2017 Challenge Rules for additional detail.
The Rules say that Microsoft may use my game in its PR and marketing. What does this mean?
By entering a game in the 2017 Challenge, you give Microsoft and its designees permission to feature your Entry and all content, in connection with the marketing, sale, or promotion of this Challenge (including but not limited to internal and external sales meetings, conference presentations, tradeshows, and screen shots of the Challenge Entry in press releases) in all media (now known or later developed) during and following the end of this Challenge. For example, we might feature information about your game on our websites, in a social media or blog post, on the radio and/or in print. If you ask us, it's a win-win. You help us promote Dream.Build.Play and we give you exposure in the gaming community.
Is there any technology that I can't use?
No, not really. As long as you build your Entry as a UWP game that can be published into the Windows Store for your chosen categories, you’re set. Use middleware like Unity, Cocos, GameMaker, or fundamental technologies like DirectX, or just roll your own from the ground up. It’s your choice!
I need help/advice on my game development. Who should I contact?
The Dream.Build.Play Sponsor and Administrator do not provide any technical support or advice on your game development. However, dev.windows.com offers various downloads, samples and forums where you can find answers to many of the questions you might have.
Does my game have to be submitted to the Windows Store to be entered into the Challenge?
Yes, as part of the entry process you will be required to provide the Windows Store Application ID for your game. Your game must have been submitted and approved in the Windows Store but it is not required to be publicly available at the time of entry.
How do I get my Entry posted in the Gallery?
All eligible Entries will be screened for compliance with the 2017 Challenge Rules and may be posted in the gallery (“Gallery”) on www.dreambuildplay.com for public viewing.
Why isn't my Entry posted in the Gallery?
If your Entry is not appearing in the Gallery, it may be under review to confirm compliance with the Rules of the Challenge. If your Entry does not comply with the 2017 Challenge Rules, the Team Captain will be updated about the game’s status.
Can I win a prize in all four (4) categories?
You can enter your Game in any or all of the four categories: PC game, Console game, Mixed reality game and Cloud-powered game. However, your Entry can only win a prize in one category.