Serious Games Competition

The GALA2022 Serious Games Competition aims to celebrate the best digital games for learning in the world. Organized by the Games and Learning Alliance conference as a friendly game contest, the awards are based on an analysis of the games by experts of the Serious Games.

The theme of the competition

This year, the special theme of the competition is Serious Games which supports literacy or numeracy skills. We are looking for Serious Games that can showcase and support inclusive learning, particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy skills. In the era of misinformation and fake news, we also encourage submissions that address critical reading skills and critical thinking.

The competition is not limited only to literacy and numeracy themes, but submissions in line with other topics relevant to the GALA Conference are also welcome.


We call for submissions from different parts of the world.

Submissions due August 21st, 2022 – midnight (EET)



The jury, composed of established Serious Game designers and researchers will review the games. The best Serious Games will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Academy: Serious Games that have been designed and produced in a scientific environment
  • Business:  Serious Games that have been designed and produced by a professional game studio
  • Student: Serious Games that have been designed and produced by student(s)

The winners will be invited to present their Serious Games at the GALA Exhibition at Tampere organized during the conference.

Contact person

Dr Vanissa Wanick

Showcasing the games in the GALA conference

This year’s GALA Exhibition will take place at PAIDIA space, a living lab of play, in the Nokia Arena which is located near Tampere University’s City centre campus. This important event will be open to the researchers and companies present at the GALA conference.


The jury will be announced soon.