Change the Game Design Challenge Art | Source: Google Play

Got a teen with an idea for a mobile game they haven’t itched yet?

They can put it to the test in Google Play’s 2021 Change the Game Design Challenge! This virtual competition challenges teens ages 13-18 years old to share an original game idea and their vision for the future of the gaming industry.

Participants whose ideas are chosen will be invited to an online game development workshop hosted by Google’s partner, Girls Make Games.  The four-session workshop will run from June until the end of the summer, during which participants get a crash course on how to create prototypes and playable games as they meet with industry experts. Those who complete the entire summer course will score materials from the workshop, a certificate of completion, custom swag, and a brand-new Chromebook!

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The Change the Game Design Challenge hopes to build a more inclusive future through gaming, education, and female representation. Google Play aspires to make mobile gaming for everyone by empowering women as both players and creators. To do this, it encourages teens to turn their passion for gaming into careers and to truly “change the game” of the industry.

Submissions are open between now and July 31, and are accepted on a rolling basis, so drop some ideas over at play.google.com!