Simulation Australasia, in association with the International Serious Games Showcase & Challenge, annually presents the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (Australasia) at the Australasian Simulation Congress. The 6th annual SGSCA will be presented at ASC 2017.
“The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge allows us to see the diversity of the region’s games and simulation community, working together to solve real life problems in an entertaining, innovative and informative way.” Adrian Webb, Manager of Virtual Worlds, Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre (ADSTC).
The SGSCA gives developers in Australia and New Zealand a chance to promote their talent on a national and international stage.
The challenge is open to serious gaming application of all technologies, including:
- Virtual Reality
- Augmented Reality
- Wearable Tech
Serious games have one key aspect which drives their success – to impart knowledge while engaging the participant.
Serious games can highlight issues, improve education or explain/solve complex problems. These games communicate often difficult subjects through a unique medium in a way that is compelling, while creating awareness.
The Australasian round of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge was launched in 2012 to highlight the talent from our region. It was the first time that the competition was run outside of the United States, as a regional qualifier for the annual I/ITSEC International Serious Games Showcase & Challenge event in Orlando, Florida. Today, it continues to introduce Australasian talent to the world stage.
Each year, there are two prize categories for the SGSCA:
The SGSCA provides a fantastic opportunity for national and international exposure among the simulation and IT communities. Finalists are invited to showcase their games while attending the ASC, with the winner from each category awarded an entry, and $2,500 funding assistance, to present their game at the International Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Competition held at the I/ITSEC conference in Orlando, Florida (late November – early December each year), courtesy of Simulation Australasia.
2017 Key Dates
- 2017 SGSCA Submissions Open – Thursday 4 May 2017
- 2017 SGSCA Submissions Close – Friday 23 June 2017
- 2017 SGSCA Finalists Notified – July 2017