If you're a talented college student hoping to create the next Halo or Call of Duty, you could have a chance to show your chops at this year's E3. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the group behind the annual video game conference, has just announced the E3 College Game Competition, where you and your school could be one of five finalists to have a spotlight on the show floor. Around 400 higher education institutions -- primarily those that offer video game courses -- can each submit one game to represent their school in the competition. Applicants can begin submitting the story and assets of a playable game starting March 15th, with a final deadline of April 19th. The finalists will be contacted on May 10th and the winner will be announced at the show itself. It's a rare opportunity to rub shoulders with video game VIPs, so we suggest aspiring creators convince their universities to get on board and contact the ESA for all the challenge's rules and requirements.

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ESA ANNOUNCES E3 COLLEGE GAME COMPETITION; FINALISTS TO RECEIVE COVETED E3 SPOTLIGHT

Washington, DC – February 4, 2013 – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today launched a new program aimed at recognizing the best student talent in video game development. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) College Game Competition provides colleges and universities with computer and video game development programs an opportunity to display their game at E3. Each higher education institution will submit one game representing their college or university. The finalists will receive a special showcase display and related opportunities at this year's E3, the world's premier trade show for computer and video games.

Competing schools are required to submit story details and content assets from their own playable video game, which will be judged by a specially selected panel of game industry veterans and media professionals.

"The collegiate game competition is an important step for the ESA in encouraging and rewarding students pursuing careers in video game development", said Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. "Our learning institutions house so much innovation and talent that will shape the future of our industry and ESA intends to honor student achievement and provide a deserved spotlight at E3."

The competition will target almost 400 U.S. colleges, universities, art and trade schools offering video game courses, certificates and degree programs. Five competition finalists will be offered the opportunity to present their games at the Los Angeles-based E3 show where they can also mingle with top game industry figures including publishers, developers, venture capital and marketing executives.

ESA will provide complete instructions to participating schools including guidelines on specific design, concept and key asset requirements.

Important competition dates:
Submissions will be accepted starting on March 15, 2013
Final deadline for submissions is April 19, 2013
Finalists will be notified on May 10, 2013
The winner will be announced during E3
Universities and colleges interested in more information on the competition rules and submission requirements should email ESA@theESA.com.

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E3 College Game Competition to let student finalists shine on show floor