The Big Games Challenge 2017

An exciting part of the new REACTOR initiative is the annual Big Games Challenge.

Each year the challenge will require participants to focus on solving a problem within a particular sector, or on enhancing and improving experiences, with applied gaming.

  • The 2017 theme for the Big Games Challenge is Exploring Local Culture and Heritage.
  • SMEs are invited to consider the different challenges and frustrations that people face, whether as visitors to local sites of interest, hospitality sector workers, or local residents, and what could be done through applied gaming to solve these issues or to simply enhance the experiences of each of these groups.

Participants are able to access European funded activities and support, to help take initial concepts all the way through to being ready to launch including:

  • Advice from some of the best games makers and sector specialists;
  • Small match funded grants;
  • And to make use of the REACTOR games publishing house.

Eligible SMEs interested in taking part in the challenge, with a concept for how applied gaming could be used by visitors or residents to explore the heritage in their area, should sign up for the Big Games Challenge.

Applicants can choose any heritage or cultural theme and any location within GCGP LEP area. The games-based concept could be used in either the physical or virtual space.

How to immerse yourself in The Challenge

Wednesday 29th March

  • Challenge introductory seminar
  • Come along and hear more about the challenge
  • Network with other similarly minded individuals as well as expert developers and representatives from the tourism sector

Wednesday 12th April

  • Challenge closes
  • Get your application in before the 12 noon deadline!

Wednesday 31st May

  • Big Games Pitch

All challenge participants are invited to attend the Big Games Pitch, with the best 10 ideas being shared. Representatives from the sector, gaming experts, and potential users will question, challenge and provide advice on how your concept might be improved, delivered or financed

How to apply in three simple steps

Stage 1:
Expression of interest: Email the REACTOR team to express your interest in the challenge along with a completed eligibility form. If you’re not sure about getting involved drop us an email to discuss, we are happy to talk it through with interested parties.

Stage 2:
Application form: If your business is eligible, the REACTOR team will send you a short application form requesting an outline of your concept.

Stage 3:
Introductory seminar: Attend the introductory seminar free of charge on Wednesday 29th March.

Contact the REACTOR team, who will be happy to help you.

Applied Gaming