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30 Years of Gaming Design Contest

About The Contest


It's time to pay homage to your digital memories! WeLoveFine is proud to be sponsored by the Game Developer's Conference for our first contest celebrating our digital lives with the 30 Years of Gaming Design Contest! Pick up your stylus (or pencil) and show us what games have meant to you by submitting your best designs that celebrate the last 30 years of gaming!

We are looking for great designs that open up the story of how games have touched your life from the Most Nostalgic to the Funniest! Showcasing specific games and characters within a narrative may be considered but show something that fits within the criteria of our 5 Art Style Awards!

What can you win?

The top 2 winners will have con exclusive versions only available for the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco 2016 along with winning some great prizes and automatically set up to be entered into our Artist Program and receive 20% commission on their design sales from our site.

Five other designs will win great prize packages and be eligible for 20% commission if their shirt sells 25 units within the first month of sales on our site. These winners will be picked by our panel of judges based on the following criteria:

Most Nostalgic Design, Best 8 Bit Style Design, Favorite Minimalist Design, A Celebration of Gaming Peripherals, and Funniest Overall Design.

(For full rules please check out our terms of service in the submission area or email us with any specific questions to [email protected])

Submissions will be accepted until February 2/5/2016 at 11:59pm PST


To learn more about our sponsor click here: GDC - Game Developer's Conference

About the Judging Panel:

Max Scoville: Max Scoville is a host for IGN, regularly appearing in a wide range of video content about gaming and other forms of pop-culture. His regular hosting dutied include the Playstation-centric Podcast Beyond!, and topical comedy talk show Up At Noon Live. In his off-hours, he goofs around with his friends on the weekly off-topic podcast/trashfire The Comedy Button. Find Max at Beyond: / Up At Noon: / The Comedy Button:

Erika Ishii: is a host for Geek & Sundry, an actor, and a game reporter. She recently voiced three characters for the Warmachine Tactics DLC. She can be seen discussing and playing games on Geek & Sundry and her own twitch channel.  Some of the games that significantly altered the course of her life were The Last of Us, Legend of Zelda: Windwaker, and Portal.

Vernon Shaw: is the co-creator of Hot Pepper Gaming and was an all-star Center for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1968-1973. As an 11-time NBA rebound leader, he would sign on for a year coaching the San Diego Conquistadors before retiring in 1974.

More judges to be announced momentarily!

How To Enter

DOs & DON'Ts

1. Do: Make something original. Research to make sure your idea isn't already out there.

2. Do: Make your own versions of characters, games but keep those references and parodies as generic as possible to not be disqualified.

3. Do: Make stylized art!

4. Do: Have fun and be creative!

5. Don't: Submit similar versions of the same design. Sometimes people submit the same design, but with small changes. This will only divide your votes and hurt your chances of winning rather than help it.

6. Don't: Use any specific references to characters, licenses or games.

7. Don't: Submit any designs that are of inappropriate materials, jokes, obscenities, or are graphically obscene. If it is too obscene or mixes 3rd party, or copyrighted materials, it will NOT be approved.


To see our full set of Contest FAQ, please click here.


Q: The submission kit is not downloading.  I need help!

A: Click HERE to download our submission kit directly or email us [email protected] to send you one directly.

Q: What are the three "Additional Design Images" for?
A: One upload should be JUST the design itself so we can see it clearly. The other images, if you choose to upload them, can be other images of your design. Please remember that each design should be its OWN submission so don't use them to upload multiple designs.

Q: I'm having trouble uploading my images for my submission. What's going on?
A: Please make sure that each image is exactly 1000x1000px JPG, GIF or PNG and each image MUST be under 2MB.


Q: How many designs can I submit?
A: For most contests you can submit up to 10 designs unless otherwise stated.


Q: What file format do you accept?
A: All entries must be in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG


Q: If I am a finalist, how large does my high-res art need to be?
A: We recommend that your file is done 15in by 19in at 300 dpi or as close to it as your art program can handle.  If your artwork is too small, it won't work on a tee-shirt and it can hurt your chances of winning.


Q: Is it ok for me to promote my designs to people I know to come and help rate my designs?
A: YES!! We encourage every artist submitting to the contest to promote themselves and their designs to friends, family and followers.  Through our experience we have found that more ratings help us determine what the fans really want as winners!  So please feel free to promote yourselves!


Q: It’s been more than 2 business days and I don't see my design on the site.  What’s going on with my design?
A: We review every submission we get before they are made live for viewing and rating.  We will make every attempt to review submissions within 2 business days.  Please know, if you’ve done any of the following we will not accept the design into the contest and you may not be notified.

- Your design has inappropriate materials or elements.
- Your design uses other copy righted material.  This means you are using other people’s intellectual property in your design you do not have the right to. No mash ups!
-You've used a design created by someone else as your own.
- It’s not a design. A direct photograph or a scribble you just drew on a piece of paper is not considered a shirt design.


Q: I see people cheating.  What should I do?
A: Please email [email protected] detailing what you are suspecting.  More details you can give the better we can make our decision.


Prize Info

Best Overall Design: will be chosen by WLF and GDC to have a con exclusively branded version of their design for the GDC Convention in March of 2016 along with being featured on our Wall of Contest Winners at our GDC booth. The Winner will also get full 20% commission on the design and be awarded a spot in our Artist Program, a t-shirt in their size with their design sent to them, and a grab bag prize package of WLF gaming merchandise available from our site.

Fan Favorite Community Rated Design: This will be for the highest rated design from our rating community along with being featured on our Wall of Contest Winners at our GDC booth. The Winner will also get full 20% commission on their design and be awarded a spot in our Artist Program, a t-shirt in their size with their design sent to them, and a grab bag prize package of WLF gaming merchandise available from our site.

Art Style Awards: The five (5) winners will win a t-shirt in their size with their design sent to them, and a grab bag prize package of WLF gaming merchandise available from our site plus they will also be eligible for 20% commission on their design if they sell 25 shirts in the first month. (see full rules here)

Criteria of awards:

Most Nostalgic Design

8 Bit Style Design

Minimalist Style Design

Celebration of Gaming Peripherals

Funniest Design