UC Santa Cruz Games Showcase 2020

Launches June 11th @ 2pm

+ streaming live throughout the summer!

All games that are part of the UCSC Games showcase are playtested by our judges, and students receive feedback from each judge that plays their game. Games may also receive recognition in our Sammy Awards categories.

All games that are part of the 2020 UCSC Games Showcase will receive a commemorative graphic that they can use to promote their game in whatever way they wish. Awarded games will receive separate commemorative graphics unique to their awards. These special 2020 Games Showcase Award images will be announced on July 1, 2020.

2020 Award Categories

Design Innovation Award

Recognition for most creative or innovative desing elements 

Audio Award

Most impactful sound design and/or music

Impact Award

Recognizes socially engaged work

World Building Award

Excellence in written, interactive, or environmental story telling

Zeitgeist Award

Games that speak to the current cultural moment

Capstone Production Award

Excellence in production, teambuilding, and collaboration

B-A-N-A-N-A-S Award

Amazing, unexpected, weird games that may not fit into other categories but deserve recognition

Capstone Technical Innovation Award

Excellence in technical execution and innovation

Peer Choice Award

Recognition from your
fellow banana slugs!

Nominate Your Favorite Showcase Game for Peer Choice!

We will be accepting nominations until 11:59pm on July 15th. That give you plenty of time to check out some of the games you may’ve missed. 

The Peer Choice award is anonymous and only open to UCSC students (you’ll need to be logged into Google with your UCSC account), and each student can nominate one game from the showcase. 

The games that gets the most nominations from fellow students will be added to our awards page and will receive a special Peer Choice graphic to use as they wish in promoting their games online. 

Nominate your favorite game here.