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The Dream.Build.Play 2011 Challenge

The Dream.Build.Play Challenge is back with another stimulating edition. To earn your spot in the Dream.Build.Play universe, bring your dream-world to life by creating an outstanding, playable game for Xbox 360 using XNA Game Studio 4.0.

Winners split $75,000 USD in total prizes and get a chance to land an Xbox LIVE Arcade publishing contract. Winning games also receive exposure on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Whatever your style – whatever your dream – it’s time to unleash your creativity and show what you’ve got!


Design and develop an original, playable game for Xbox 360 using XNA Game Studio 4.0. Microsoft is looking for action and adventure, fun and excitement, innovation and originality – so do not hold yourself back!

Judging Criteria

  • Fun factor (40%) – A key indicator will be the desire to keep playing
  • Innovation (30%) – Based on how creative and technically unique your game is
  • Production quality (30%) – Make your game world as polished as possible


Take a look at the prizes and imagine the possibilities! All prize amounts are in U.S. dollars:

  • Grand prize: $40,000
  • 1st prize: $20,000
  • 2nd prize: $10,000
  • 3rd prize: $5,000

Along with the cash, winning contestants have the chance to secure Xbox LIVE publishing contracts. Plus, winning games will be featured on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, where millions of gamers will have the chance to play them.


To be eligible for the Dream.Build.Play Challenge, you must:

    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Create and submit your game in English
    • Legally live within a qualifying region

For complete eligibility requirements, read the Complete Official Rules.

How to enter?

To compete in the Dream.Build.Play Challenge, you must register on the official website before 17 May 2011. Once you do, you can create or join a team, set up your solo mission, update your account and eventually submit your game.

You may submit your game by 14 June 2011.