Game Development World Championship opens 2023 Winter Season with $660,000 Prize Pool

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Game Development World Championship opens 2023 Winter Season with $660,000 Prize Pool

The Game Development World Championship (GDWC) has opened the 2023 Winter Season for submissions. Games can be submitted until the end of the year. Winners will be announced in February 2024.

Winter Season breaks records with the biggest prize pool in GDWC history, totalling over $660,000 in value. Prizes are spread across 12 award categories and range from swag & software licences to cash prizes, publishing deals and marketing & User Acquisition funding.

As the mobile game category sponsor, Skillz is expanding the competition to include three separate categories, offering multiple publishing deal prizes with User Acquisition funding up to $100,000. Likewise, VRKiwi is bringing a publishing deal with up to 100,000€ marketing funding offer to VR game developers.

“We’re extremely happy to bring these awesome opportunities to our participants and developer community. Working with Skillz and VRKiwi and all our other great partners has allowed us to push the bar forward with GDWC once again.” -- Olli Mäntylä, GDWC Director

GDWC is free to participate and open to everyone from hobbyist & student developers to professional studios from all over the world. Games on all digital platforms - PC, Consoles, Mobile, VR & AR, Web & Browsers, are accepted. Developers can participate with a game they are currently working on, or with a game they have released, as long as it was released after August 1st 2022.

Games can be submitted to the competition in the GDWC website at

Watch GDWC 2023 Summer Season Awards Stream September 21st

GDWC will celebrate the GDWC 2023 Summer Season Winners this week with an Awards Stream. The show will start on Thursday, September 21st at 18:00 EEST / UTC+3.

Stream can be watched on the GDWC Youtube channel

The Summer Season had over 1800 games submitted in just 3.5 months, breaking all previous participation records. From this pool of awesome games, jury picked 58 Finalists & Nominees for 11 categories. See all Finalists here

Join the show this Thursday to celebrate the Winners!

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