Games Ireland – Rules

Please note Game Studio Ireland Challenge Cup Rules are subject to change. All entrants must ensure full compliance with rules and agreed to terms of the participation agreement.
General Rules

Entrants must read and agree to the Participation Agreement.
Entrants to the Game Studio Ireland Challenge Cup can be an;
Individual entry
Team entry (of no more than 6 students, each team member should agree to the Participation Agreement)
Entrants will be accepted from 2nd, 3rd and/or 4th years that are full time undergraduate 3rd level courses and Fetac level 6 game design related courses. Entrants must have the approval of an academic mentor.

Closing date for registration of teams is Friday March 1st 5pm 2024

Submission of entries closes on Monday March 4th 10.00 a.m. 2024

The team name and the title of the game must be the same so as to assist in the judging process.

Students are required to submit using a One Drive or Google Drive folder shared with, please provide the share URL to your college lecturer as well.

  1. Game Executable
  2. Source Code
  3. Design Doc
  4. A video Trailer Screencast max of 90 seconds


Follow the instructions on the Submit page

Two entries per educational institution is allowed. Institutions may apply to submit more than two entries and these extra entries maybe allocated available places, in priority order as identified by the institutions academic mentor and at the discretion of the organising committee. Colleges and Universities must officially register each Game Entry as set out in the competition schedule.
Entrants to the Game Studio Ireland Challenge shall base their Game Entry on the theme of the Games Fleadh. Copies of entrant’s source code, art and audio work must be submitted as set out in the competition schedule..
The entrants must submit a Game Design Report explaining in detail their design and how this has been implemented.

The Judging Panel will be nominated by the organising committee. The Judging Panel must be satisfied as to the suitability of each entrant’s Game Entry and that it fairly reflects the work and research of the individual or each member of a team.

Each team member must attend Games Fleadh in person on Wednesday March 6th2024 TUS Thurles Campus.
The Game Entry must be the contestants own work. Any breach of this will result in immediate disqualification.
The Game Entry will developed using resources.
The Game Entry must be demonstrable on Windows  and/or Xbox 360/XBox One / XBOX One X and/or a mobile phone.
The use of external API’s should be limited and where used fully documented in the Game Design Report.

Teams are responsible for uploading and sharing their entries with the Games Fleadh organisers.

If a team plans to bring stand alone video screen that do not fit on the table allocated then they must get permission 1 week in advance (Wed Feb 27th  2024) of the competition from the Games Fleadh organisers. This permission must be routed through their Lecturer who is acting as their mentor.

If these rules conflict in any way with the Participation Agreement, the Participation Agreement takes precedence.
Incomplete, damaged, defaced or illegible Game Entries may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of organising committee.

Game Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these rules.
The organising committee reserves the right to disqualify anyone in breach of these rules.
The decision of the Organising committee, Interview Panel and Judges will be final.
Game Studio Ireland Challenge 2024 Specific Game Rules

Game Studio Ireland Challenge will honour the theme Start with Nothing
A Game Entry can be submitted as 2D or 3D games.