International Awards

Gain International Recognition for your Learning Game

International Serious Play Awards honor outstanding learning products that incorporate game elements to further education or training. Entries can be submitted by professional studios, in-house training teams, consultants, universities, and/or students. These can be stand-alone games, sections of other learning products, or applications for platforms like Minecraft.


April 30th

Commercial and in-house digital entries.

June 1st

All student and tabletop entries.

Entry Categories
Digital Entries: Commercial or In-House (Including simulations)
Digital Entries: Student
Tabletop/Board Game Learning Entries: Commercial or In-House
Tabletop/Board Game Learning Entries: Student
  • Corporate/Vocational
  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Government/Military
  • Museum/Visitor Centers
  • Pre K Education
  • K12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Other
Entry Process

The entry process is in two steps:
Entrant Information followed by Submission Information. Entrants may have multiple submissions. The entry information you provide is given to the judges and is the basis on which they evaluate your entry.

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Entry Fees
Entry Fees for Digital and Table Top/Board Entries from Professional Studios

(any learning product to be sold or used commercially)

Large Studio (25+)/Corporation/Medical Institution/Publisher – $400

Mid-sized Studio (10- 25 employees) – $350

Museum/University Studio/Non Profit/NGO/Govt/Military Org – $300

Independent Studio (9 or fewer employees) – $250

Ed Tech Teacher, individual – $200

*After the deadline, awards can be submitted for another week for the entry fee plus an additional charge of $100.

Entry Fees for Student Created Learning Products

College Student Entry (College Student Entry (Student of any age). No commercialized products.) – $125
High School Student (or 15-18 years or younger) – $100

*The definition of a student digital game is one that was conceived by students and produced with light guidance by college faculty or high school advisors. Games produced in a university-affiliated studio for sale to the commercial market must be entered into the Professional category. If the game is given away free, then it can be entered into the student category.

*Payment by credit card must be received by the deadline
for the entry to be evaluated. An invoice confirming payment can be requested from:

Judging Criteria

Judges will evaluate the products based on the following criteria:

  • Orientation
  • Engagement
  • Interactivity/Feedback
  • Learning Objectives
  • Assessment
  • Aesthetics
  • Gameplay

*Currently, we are unable to judge entries that require high-end technology platforms,entries requiring more than 4 hours to judge adequately, or streaming entries.

Judges must be able to play the entry. We do not evaluate entries based on a video or demo version. Links to videos may be submitted as supplemental material.