New International Competition to Honor, Certify Serious Game Titles

SEATTLE– May 2, 2011– Serious Play Conference today announced the International Serious Play Awards , a program to recognize and certify exemplary products for training or learning in the education, corporate, government/military, healthcare and consumer markets.  

Any organization or individual that has created or contracted for a serious game or simulation using commercial off the shelf (COTS) platforms is eligible to enter the awards program. Universities may also submit student projects.

“Our aim is to create an award program for serious games that is the high watermark of success,” said Clark Aldrich, conference director.“We’re looking for programs that deliver a high level of engagement to their audience, superior learning and demonstrate measurable results.”  

In addition to being eligible for the competition, all titles entered into the 2011 Awards Program will be eligible for Serious Play Certification. This program is designed to offer customer assurance that a serious game offers a high standard of performance, having passed a rigorous examination by an advisory panel of experts. All games certified will be given a Serious Play Certification certificate and 2011 Seal of Approval. The certification will be valid for three years.

Winners will be announced during Serious Play Conference Tuesday– Thursday, Aug. 23– 25, 2011 at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Wash.

To submit a sim or game created for the education or at home learning environment; government or military use; medical training or consumer health care; corporate training or marketing; or a game developed for the consumer/games for good market, use the following link:

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Katherine Chang

The Bohle Company

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