Outreach & Diversity

About Games4Girls

The Competition

In the Games4Girls Competition, teams of up to four college women create computer games specifically designed to be fun for middle or high school age women. The entries are judged by high school girls.

Electronic Arts logoPrizes for the Games 4 Girls 2011 were generously donated by Electronic Arts.



The award for the winning team is $2000 plus a $500 donation to the winning team's Department to be used to support diversity activities, and a prize package of EA games. The second place team will be awarded $1500, and third place team will receive $1000. Each winning team will receive an acrylic plaque. All members entered in the competition(with an excutable submission) will receive an Award Certificate.

The Platform

You do not have to be an experienced programmer to participate in the competition. You must use the Game Maker platform. Game Maker is a freely available, PC-based game development tool. Game Maker's drag and drop gaming primitives and friendly interface allow novice designers to create interesting games almost immediately. For more advanced users, Game Maker's built-in programming language provides flexibility and customization. Development on Game Maker is supported by online documentation, tutorials, and lots of game examples.

Why the G4G Competition?

By creating a great game, you can

  • Win cash prizes, gifts, and other awards!
  • Get real-world, collaborative experience in software game development!
  • Provide new software toys for girl gamers!
  • Work with your friends on a fun creative project!

What Makes a Good Game?

Four components make up a good game:

  • Fun,
  • Playability,
  • Creativity, and
  • Technical Achievement

These will all be judged by high school aged women.

Getting Started

Below are the basic steps. Click here for more details.

  1. Form a group(<=4 women).
  2. Dream up your game.
  3. Find Faculty Advisor(Not mandatory).
  4. Submit your registration for G4G by filling out the online registration form by 6pm March 18 (Deadline extended!!)
  5. Download Game Maker from www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker and start your project!

There are NO restrictions on the kind of game/video you create!

Who can I talk to for more information?

jingzou2 [at] illinois [dot] edu (subject: Games4Girls) (Jing Zou), ChicTech Director