Serious Games

Serious Play Conference to Present Awards, Certification

Serious Play Conference LogoOrganizers of the first annual Serious Play Conference, taking place in August 2011 at the DigiPen Institute of Technology campus in Redmond, WA, have announced that the event will host the International Serious Play Awards.

In addition to a chance of winning this international recognition, titles from professional organizations will be eligible for a three-year Serious Play Certification as well as a 2011 Seal of Approval. Read More...

The awards program aims to recognize exemplary products for training or learning in the education, corporate, government/military, health care and consumer markets. The competition is open to any organization or individual that has created or contracted for a serious or simulation game using commercial off-the-shelf platform, as well as to university student projects.

However, the Serious Play Certification is only available to professionally developed games. It is meant to offer customer assurance that a serious game offers a high standard of performance, having passed a stringent examination by an advisory panel of experts.

“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.”

Groups and individuals who wish to submit a title can found out more and enter on the conference website.