German Scholarship for Young Game Designer | Germany

The German Scholarship for Young Game Designer is intended to provide young talents with insights into different areas of the game scene. This is intended not only to sharpen their view of pure authoring, but also to provide insights into publishing work, the toy trade, and game theory knowledge during the various internships over a total period of four weeks. Finally, the fellows prepare an internship report that is published on the website of Spiel des Jahres e.V. and the Spiele-Autoren-Zunft (SAZ). Participants should send in German rules and should be able to speak German fluently for the scholarship.

The next Game Designer Meeting in Göttingen and awarding of the next scholarship is planned for June 03 and 04, 2023. Information about the 2023 scholarship will be available here on the website around March 2023.

Hippodice Competition | Germany

The Hippodice Competition is one of the most famous competitions for game designers and their prototypes. Year after year, the best prototypes of the year are determined. A date for the next competition has not yet been set due to corona.

Link to the website of the organizers with all details and the possibility to subscribe to a newsletter.

Premio Archimede | Italy

The PREMIO ARCHIMEDE, organized by studiogiochi in Venice (Italy), is a competition for unpublished board games. Everyone can participate (individuals or groups), there are no age and nationality limits. The prize is dedicated to Alex Randolph, who was President of the Jury for the first seven years. Apart from the PREMIO ARCHIMEDE, some special prizes will also be awarded. SAZ members get a discount to the entry fee.

More information on the website of the organizers (English and Italian)

Gioco Inedito | Italy

The GIOCO INEDITO is a yearly italian competition for unpublished card games organized by Lucca Comic & Games and dV Giochi. Everyone can participate (teams or individuals), there are no limits of nationality or language. The competition is free of charge and the winner of GIOCO INEDITO gets his game published by dV Giochi, 100 free copies of the game, and a free entry to Lucca Comics&Games, the foremost italian festival about games, comics and fantasy, which takes places in Lucca (Italy) at the beginning of November.

More details at the website