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Blizzard Arcade “Rock the Cabinet” Contest

Update: We have corrected the wording concerning game size to reflect our actual intentions.

The Blizzard community has a long history of creating amazing games using our engines and tools. StarCraft II is no exception, and we’re constantly blown away by the quality of games that players create.

Now that the Arcade is free, we think this is a great time to encourage the creation of awesome games.  We’re sending out the call: wow us with the most amazing Arcade games ever made using the StarCraft II Map Editor and Art Tools, and we’ll award over fifteen thousand dollars and other amazing perks to the winning entries. If you’ve always wanted to create your own game, this contest is for you!

The contest duration will be four months, ending on May 31, 2014. After a thorough review, we’ll pick the semi-finalists from the pool of entries and ask the community to help us decide on the winners. That’s right, the players themselves will narrow it down to the final five from which we will select first, second, and third place winners.


We’re looking forward to the variety of games that will be made! Here are the requirements that each submission must follow to be considered a valid entry:

  • The game must be in English.
    • Barring any legal restrictions from your home country and state, anyone is able to participate in this contest, but there must be an English version of the game.
  • The game should not require more than 6 human players for optimal play.
    • You can support one to the maximum amount of players our editor will allow, but it should take no more than 6 players to be a fun and enjoyable experience.
  • Your game files will need to be uploaded as part of the submission.
  • The game must be published to the North American Region of StarCraft II using the map editor.
  • The game’s info page in the StarCraft II Arcade must have a description, at least one screenshot, and the ‘How to Play’ section must be filled out.
  • A forum thread must be created on our Arcade Game Showcase Forum with the following requirements:
    • The title of the thread should read “Rock the Cabinet: [GAMENAME]”
      • Example: Rock the Cabinet: StarJeweled
    • A link to your game should be provided.
    • A description of your game should be included in the first post in the thread.

Let’s talk about that last requirement that you create a forum thread for your project. Though this is something that must be done when you submit your final product, it’s really something we hope you’ll do from the start of your project. It’s a really good idea to keep the player community in the loop as your craft your masterpiece and get their feedback. Considering that the players themselves will have a role in choosing in a winner, it’ll be a good idea to hear what they think throughout the process.


Here are the prizes we are offering:

First Place

  • $7,000
  • Developer Jam Session
    • The first place winner will participate in a video conference with select members of the StarCraft II development for an intimate chat about all things game development.
  • Tickets to the next BlizzCon
  • Localization
    • Winners will have their game text localized in Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Second Place

  • $5,000
  • Tickets to the next BlizzCon
  • Localization
    • Winners will have their game text localized in Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Third Place

  • $3,000
  • Tickets to the next BlizzCon
  • Localization
    • Winners will have their game text localized in Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

We’re really excited to see what the community will produce. Feel free to send any questions about the contest to Arcade@Blizzard.com. You can view the official rules here: http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/sc2-arcade/rules.html

When are you are ready to submit your game, click on the buttom below.

Rock the Cabinet



The world is waiting for your masterpiece!

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