The CHI PLAY Student Game Design Competition will provide a unique opportunity for students to showcase their interactive play systems and designs. The track provides students with the opportunity to provide a description of their game. In addition, students will need to submit a gameplay video of their game as well as proof of their student status (full-time or part-time, all levels up to PhD). Submitting executable copies of student games is optional, though strongly encouraged. A jury panel will nominate the best submissions for presentation. Final winners will be selected by an expert jury panel at the end of the conference.

Student Game Design Competition papers are archived in the ACM Digital Library in the CHI PLAY 2021 Extended Abstracts.


Up to 8 pages in ACM Primary Article Template, single column manuscript style.

CHI PLAY 2021 will use the new ACM Primary Article Templates; detailed instructions on formatting can be found at Authors should submit manuscripts for review in a single column format, which is available for Word and LaTeX (use the “manuscript” call to create a single column format, rather than “acmsmall”). If you are using the ACM LaTeX Overleaf template, please select the “ACM Journals – New Primary Article Template”, not the “ACM Conference Proceedings ‘Master’ Template”.

Submit your work via Precision Conference System (PCS) 2.0

Important dates

(all times are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth or AoE):

July 16, 2021 Student Game Design Competition papers submission deadline
August 20, 2021 Notifications 
September 10, 2021 Camera Ready Deadline

Questions? Please contact the Student Game Design Competition Chairs  at email