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Frequently Asked Questions


Have a question about the YGD competition? Check out our FAQs below...

Q: Who can enter?

The competition is open to all UK residents (including residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) who are aged 10 - 18 years-old during the school year that begins on 1 September 2017 (17 August 2017 in Scotland).

For more in-depth detail about who can enter dependent on age, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

Entrant Criteria:

  • Entrants under the age of 16 must have at least one parent or legal guardian resident in the UK.
  • Entrants must not be closely related to a BAFTA staff member or any other person or figure involved in the competition.

Entering as a team:

  • Entrants can apply as an individual, in a pair, or in a team of three, but only one entry per category must be submitted – i.e. if you are entering as part of one pair or a team, you cannot enter as part of another one.
  • If entering as part of a team all members must be in the same age bracket (10-14 years-old or 15-18 years-old).

Please note: BAFTA reserves the right to request proof of age for entrants as well as parent’s or guardian’s consent and necessary state of health. 

Q: When does the competition close?

The deadline for all entries is 17:00 on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

Q: Can I send you my entry in the post?

All entries need to be done via the online entry form.

Q: Can I enter both the Game Making and Game Concept awards?

You may enter both Game Making and Game Concept Awards, but you must enter both separately using a different game idea.

Q. Can I enter a category as an individual AND as part of a team?

No. You may only enter each strand of the competition once (either as an individual or as part of a team).

Q: How many people can I have in my team?

You can have up to 3 people enter as part of a team.

Entrants can apply as an individual, in a pair, or in a team of three, but only one entry per category must be submitted – i.e. if you are entering as part of one pair or a team, you cannot enter as part of another one.

If entering as part of a team all members must be in the same age bracket (10-14 years-old or 15-18 years-old).

Q. I am entering the Game Making strand of the competition – what file types do you accept?

Entries for the Game Making award category are to be submitted in a computer executable file format and must be playable.

Acceptable file formats include:


  • Algodoo (.phz)
  • Flash (.swf)
  • GameMaker (.gmx)
  • HTML5 (Javascript, CSS, html and twine made .html files) - If submitting a web game, all the necessary game files should be collected together in a single .zip file
  • Java (.java)
  • Kodu (.kodu) - Kodu games must be playable with a keyboard/mouse
  • MissionMaker (.mission)
  • Scratch (.sb) (.sb2)
  • Windows Executable (.exe) (Please note: Python games are accepted but only when compiled and submitted as a .exe file)


Please note:  if your game is made up of more than one file, then you will need to compress it and create a .zip file to upload.

BAFTA will not accept games created in the following file formats:

  • .unity3d (if you develop your game using Unity you must submit a .zip file containing the project data and a .exe)
  • .webloc
  • .blend
  • .py (Python games are accepted but only when compiled and submitted as a .exe file)

All games files submitted must be free from advertisements in order to be showcased at the Award Ceremony to a family audience.

Video Walkthroughs

A video walkthrough of up to 5 minutes can accompany each Game Making entry. Such walkthroughs should directly represent the content of the entered software.

Although this is not compulsory, it is highly recommended that a video showing gameplay footage is included as part of your application.

Q. My game file is too big (over 100mb) – what should I do?

Often game files can be compressed and reduced. There are a number of articles on the web that give advice on this and we would recommend you check out the company website of the software package you are using to create the game, as often they have tips and tricks on how to reduce file size!

You can try the following:

  • zip up the folder
  • copy the zip file it to another computer (e.g. using a USB drive)
  • unzip the file and try to run the game
  • if it works on the other computer then the zip file should be fine to send.

Q. How many files can I send as part of my ‘supporting materials’?

You can enter up to 4 files as part of your ‘Supporting Materials’ on your Game Concept application form. For more advice on what you might like to include as part of your supporting materials, see our walkthrough guide.

Q. Do I really need to include a consent form?

Absolutely! All entrants must submit a signed consent form and we cannot accept any entry without the contact details of a parent,guardian, or teacher if between 16-18 years of age

The consent form is available on the entry website and competition entries will not be accepted unless accompanied by the signed consent form.

The consent form must be hand-signed by the legal parent or guardian. This can be done digitally, but must be a hand-signature rather than typed using word-processor. 

Most entrants print the form off, get their guardian to sign it and then scan it as a document so that they can easily upload and attach it to the entry form.

Q. Do I retain the copyright of my game?

You retain full copyright of your game. The competition terms and conditions state:

"By submitting an entry for the competition, the entrant’s parent/guardian is deemed to have given consent for the entry to be published free of charge by BAFTA in all media, including television and internet, for all purposes as it wishes. BAFTA may wish to display entries in a website gallery as they come in throughout the competition entry window. The winner will be deemed to have agreed that BAFTA may showcase their game online and at Award ceremonies, and share it with third parties for online distribution. All entrants – including the winner – will retain the right to take their game to any studio in order to develop it commercially. BAFTA will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. BAFTA cannot be held responsible for any third party contact.  If you would prefer details not to be published please contact [email protected]. Entrant’s personal details will be removed from the BAFTA database after one year. "

Q. How do you judge the entries?

Entries for the Game Concept award will be judged on gameplay design, creativity and suitability for chosen games platform.

Entries for the Game Making award must have at least one playable level and will be judged on game build, gameplay experience, creativity and suitability for chosen platform.

For further Entry Requirements please refer to our Terms & Conditions.


Q. I am a teacher, parent or code club leader interested in finding more resources to get Young Game Designers involved in the competition.

Great! We have a collection of resources including session activities and worksheets available to support those entering the competition. Our worksheets are also suitable for entrants to enter them as part of their ‘supporting materials’. 

We are also introducing The BAFTA YGD School Resource Network for 2018. Teachers can apply to join on behalf of their schools here.

Q. What happens if I make the finals?

This means you’ve made it into the top ten games in your category! Amazing! You will be invited to attend the BAFTA YGD award ceremony. Someone from our team will be in touch and let you know all the details you need to know.

Telephone calls will be made to the short listed entrants and their parent/guardian after 25 April 2018 in order to check eligibility. Telephone calls may be recorded for reference purposes.

Participants may be requested to provide proof of age before being allowed to proceed with the competition.

If an entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, BAFTA reserves right to offer their place to the next best entrant. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

Winners and shortlist entrants will be expected to take part in post-competition publicity for BAFTA.

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