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The PAX Rising Showcase is a collection of independent games exhibited at PAX West. Taking submissions until July 5th, 2022. - PLEASE REVIEW BELOW FOR DETAILS AND FILL OUT THE FORM LINKED BELOW.
Submissions are accepted primarily using gameplay videos, and we find that a 5-10 minute video works best with a commentary talking about what's special about the game. Don’t worry too much about how fancy the video is, the judging is always done based on the quality of the game, not the quality of the video.
After we’ve received all submissions, PAX Team will pick our favorites with an eye for content spread out among all platforms and genres. If your game is chosen, you’ll be invited as a full-fledged exhibitor receiving free booth space and everything you need to demo your game…minus the game itself, and any platform it runs on. We are also unable to provide travel and lodging…sorry!
To be eligible for the PAX Rising Showcase, your development team must be no more than 10 people, the game must not be part of any traditional publisher arrangement, and the game should be far enough along in development to be playable for attendees in time for PAX.
What Happens if You Make it into the PAX Rising Showcase?
Announcement on the PAX site as being selected for The PAX Rising Showcase!
Details of your game which include a paragraph description and screenshot included on our PAX Rising Showcase page.
Four Expo Hall Badges for PAX West 2022, giving you access to everything exhibitors receive.
A kiosk in the PAX Exhibition Hall for you and your team to demo your game to tens and thousands of gamers, media and industry-folk. This kiosk will include a tv with speakers however will not include any additional hardware for your title to play on.
Eligibility for the PAX Rising Showcase:
You are an independent developer with 10 employees or less, and without a traditional publisher-developer relationship in place.
Any funding you receive or have received must preserve your full ownership of the game and IP. (Kickstarter good, most publisher agreements bad).
All games must be in at least beta form.
All games must be electronic in nature.
No mods or levels are allowed. This means you can't require the installation of other software to run your game. The only exception to this is if you submit a game that uses a 3rd party game engine (like the Unreal Engine for instance) and you have all the rights to use the engine. In that same vein, middleware can be used for development, but the external software used has to be disclosed with the appropriate copyright and credits assigned.
SUBMITTING YOUR GAME FOR CONSIDERATION Submissions are accepted primarily using gameplay videos, and we find that a 5-10 minute video works best. Don’t worry too much about how fancy the video is, the judging is always done based on the quality of the game, not the quality of the video, but be sure to include plenty of gameplay and talk a bit about what makes your game special.
A. Purchase this $50 entrance fee.
B. Make a video of your game featuring gameplay.
C. Fill out the detail form found HERE.
Keep in mind we are specifically looking for a fun factor and a great gameplay experience. Yes, art, audio, and stunning visuals can certainly affect the experience, but we aren't dishing out individual awards for those categories.
Those selected to be in the PAX Rising Showcase will be notified via email no later than August 1st, 2022.
OFFICIAL RULES! By submitting your game for consideration as an individual or company, you must agree to the following rules and regulations.
A. Keep in mind the PAX Rising Showcase was created for independent games, so if it is discovered you do not meet the requirements, you will be automatically disqualified, and we will totally be keeping your $50.
B. What you submit as far as intellectual property and/or copyright must be owned by you or the company you are submitting for. If we find you have infringed upon any intellectual property, you will be automatically disqualified, and again, we will totally be keeping your $50.
C. If you are submitting for a company, you must be authorized to do so. No going to the team the day before PAX and yelling surprise! Otherwise, you know what happens. It involves disqualification and us keeping your $50.
D. You understand the decisions made by the judges are final. No whining. No complaining. No crying. No appeals. No calling in favors.
E. You agree that it's okay for PAX and PAX organizers to use screenshots, videos, your names, pictures, and other assets from your submitted game for marketing purposes.
F. You agree to hold PAX and PAX organizers harmless from any damages or expenses of any kind which arise or are somehow connected with PAX or the PAX Rising Showcase.
G. PAX and PAX organizers can cancel or revoke your submission or PAX Rising Showcase status at any time for any reason whatsoever. This is very unlikely, but we have to say it anyway.
H. If chosen to be in the PAX Rising Showcase, you or a representative must be able to demo the game live at PAX West 2022 during all open exhibition hours. Note that PAX West runs four days long, and you'll need to be present each day. Setup will take place Wednesday and Thursday prior to PAX. Four complimentary expo passes will be given to each game team. However, flight and accommodations will not be provided.
Once you receive your Order Confirmation, please fill out the detail form found HERE.
If you have not completed the detail form with a video link by Midnight (PT) the evening of July 5th, you will be disqualified. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.