$1.2K in prize MONEY for game developers
We are a modern-day financial vehicle for the underserved. The underestimated.

We are an incubator of originality, supporters of ideas born in nascent industries, executed culturally and adopted globally.

We are dot connectors, bridge builders, dreamers, and doers. We are inspired by the community we serve and in helping them succeed in what they love.

The C-Tribe x Gaming Pitch Quest is an event tailored for aspiring game developers. Dive into an exclusive showcase of games set to redefine gameplay, graphics, and immersive storytelling standards. With the focus on indie gems, get an up-close-and-personal look at the next wave of gaming. This is your passport to what's next in the world of digital entertainment. This event is a must-attend for anyone keen on staying ahead of the gaming curve. Enjoy the demos, participate in Q&A sessions with the creators, and leave with a wealth of insights!

Shortlisted entries will receive two VIP passes to C-Tribe x Gaming 2024 in Edmonton. Non-shortlisted entries qualify for a discounted ticket to C-Tribe x Gaming 2024.

Please refer to the
Terms and Conditions and FAQ for the full contest details.
Key Dates
Start of Submissions:  November 1, 2023

End of Submissions:  February 1st, 2024

Shortlist Finalists Announced:  
February 10, 2024

Pitch Day:
 February 24, 2024
Eligibility Criteria
To participate in this Competition, each contestant must be part of a team with a minimum of two members.  C-Tribe reserves the right to give special consideration to factors such as diversity, equity, and underrepresented individuals.

Participants can be part of a maximum of two teams, except for the Lead member, who can only compete on one team. If a Lead submits multiple entries, only the first entry will be considered. Only the first two entries will be retained if an individual appears in three or more entries. Team members must be at least 18 or older and of legal age in their jurisdiction. Employees and immediate family members of C-Tribe are not eligible to participate.

Companies in the "Startup Stage" track must have made progress in their concept and raised less than $1,000,000 in total dilutive funding. The organization reserves the right to review eligibility and compliance throughout the competition, and failure to comply may result in disqualification.

• You can pitch games for Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux
• We prefer to see unreleased games, though we accept games that have already been launched
How do I apply?
To pitch your idea, follow these steps:
Application Period: The application period opens on November 1st, 2023 at 8:00 AM MST. Look out for announcements via email, the Competition’s website, and social media platforms. The application process extends until February 1st, 2024 at 11:00 PM MST.

Visit the Website: To be eligible for the Organization’s prize, go to the Competition’s website
here and complete all the questions as instructed before the Entry Deadline.

Deadline: February 1st, 2024 at 11:00 PM MST

Submission Details: Provide the requested information, including:

1. Entrants’ names and contact details
2. A description of your Venture, including its Genre/Category, Gameplay and mechanics, Target Audience(s),
Target Platform(s), Marketing Strategy, Project Plan & Timeline
3. Legal status and progress to date
4. Visuals and concepts designs

Complete and Comprehensive Entry: Ensure that your submission is complete and meets all the requirements stated. Incomplete or ineligible submissions will not progress to the evaluation round. 

Language: all information must be provided in English.
Cash Prizes
Eligible ventures will compete for $1,200 in prize money.*

1st Place:  $500*

2nd Place:  

3rd Place:  

4th & 5th Place:  

• For more information on the prize eligibility, look at the section titled “Application Eligibility” in the FAQ’s. C-Tribe preserves the ability to change and/or modify the prize amounts and its discretion and will communicate this as soon as reasonably possible.
Judging Criteria
The Organization will initially assess all entries based on completeness, coherence, and credibility. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: 

Art Direction: setting, character design, music etc. (15%)
Game Writing: lore, scenario, plot twist, messages etc. (15%)
Gameplay: game mechanics, fun factors, difficulty, variety etc. (20%)
Originality: uniqueness and creativity (20%)
Team quality (15%)
Overall application clarity and persuasiveness (15%)

At least two independent evaluators will score each entry. Up to ten semi-finalist teams will be chosen based on the scores, with ties resolved based on the first three criteria. These semi-finalists may be required to submit additional information and undergo further vetting. The same evaluators will review the semi-finalist applications to choose up to five teams, who will advance to the final event and be given mentorship opportunities.

Finalists will engage with a pitch coach and graphic designer and they’ll be required to sign an affidavit and release. At the final event, the finalists will present their pitches to a panel of four judges, from which up to five winners will be selected. Winners will need to comply with all rules and sign a winner verification form and release agreement. In case of non-compliance or disqualification, the prize may be awarded to the next highest scoring team. 
Pitching Criteria & Tips
Are you interested in presenting your project at C-Tribe x Gaming Pitch Quest? Here are some things to keep in mind to help you prepare your slides and know what to cover during your pitch. 

Preparing your pitch

• Audience: Know the criteria for the pitch and who the audience is and tailor your pitch to fit the goals of C-Tribe x Gaming.
• Nail the hook

Keep in mind that not every topic needs a slide of its own. Try to combine your points and be mindful of your time. You’ll have 5 minutes to pitch followed by a 3 min Q&A.

• What’s Your Hook: What’s your game or entertainment project about? What is the experience you’re trying to capture? What makes it different and why does it matter? Try describing it in just two sentences and use simple and powerful words that create a vivid image in the audience’s mind.  You only have a limited amount of time to capture your audience’s attention and make them curious about your game, so make it good!

• About You/Your Team: Your game idea is insufficient to win a competition. You must also show that you have the skills, grit and passion to make it happen. Showcase your portfolio of accomplishments and how you and your team work together effectively. How are you uniquely qualified to bring this project to life? Why is this something you’re passionate about creating?

• Genre & Category:
To help your audience quickly understand your concept, tell us about the crucial elements of your genre(s). Comparing it to key elements of other popular titles can help connect the dots for the judges.

• Gameplay & Mechanics:
How does one play? You don’t have to go into full detail, but make sure your audience clearly understands the core mechanics. Visuals through prototype capture and flow charts can really help here. If possible, use visuals, sounds, videos, prototypes, or demos to illustrate your game mechanics and scenarios.

• Target Audience:
You have a game concept, but who is it for? How big is the market you’re zoning in on? It’s important to show that there’s a market of consumers who will be interested in what you have to offer. Think about their age, interests, typical gaming platforms and habits.

• Target Platform:
Which platforms will you be releasing on? Will your game be PC-only, for all sorts of consoles, or a mobile-first experience? Tell us how you came to this decision and how your demographics and market research played into it.

• Marketing Strategy:
How will you compete with other offerings or potentially monetize? Now that you’ve shown us there’s a market for your game, how will you meet those needs?

• Project Plan & Timeline:
Include a list of key dates and milestones, as well as any information showing your management and effectiveness. It’s okay if you’re in the conceptualization phase. Let us know what goals you’re working towards!

• Your Ask:
How can the C-Tribe x Gaming network support you? What are you trying to obtain from the panelists and audience? Are you looking for funding? Feedback? Connections? Keep in mind that pitching is part of the art of effective persuasion. Make it clear and concise.

• Prepare for Questions:
Your pitch is not the end of the conversation. It is the beginning of a dialogue with the audience. Be prepared to answer questions, address concerns and provide a more thorough look at your game idea. Having index slides to aid the Q&A period will be the most helpful here.
C-Tribe x GAMING Festival
Carina Kom
Executive Producer, PVP Guild
Carina Kom
Executive Producer, PVP Guild
C-Tribe x GAMING Festival
Tom Viinikka
CEO, Edmonton Screen Industries Office
Tom Viinikka
CEO, Edmonton Screen Industries Office
C-Tribe x GAMING Festival
Derek Kwan
President, Interactive Arts Alberta
Derek Kwan
President, Interactive Arts Alberta