Competition Details

FXP welcomes students with a wide range of interests and abilities – some teams are experienced in coding and using games development software, where many are more interested in the creative concept and artistry of game design, or the fundamentals of game creation itself.

FXP has three competition categories:

Story Book 01
Story book 02

Game Development (Physical)

Teams create a physical prototype of a traditional board game, card game or playground game, using craft materials such as pens, paper, and cardboard. Physical games are judged on: unique qualities of the idea, fun factor and presentation.

Suitable for:

Anyone who loves games – in all their forms – and has a passion for thinking outside the box


Game Development (Digital)

Teams are tasked with the build and programming of an original game concept.

Suitable for:

Those already experienced in, or keen to learn more about, games development software such as:  Unity, Adobe Master Collection CC, Autodesk Maya, 3DS Max and Mudbox 2019


Game Concept

Teams design and map out the creative concept of an original computer or console game.

Suitable for: 

Lovers of art, design, storytelling and healthy competition!

In all categories, teams are required to base their games around a surprise theme which is announced at the beginning of the festival weekend. Previous themes have included: Foul, Apollo and Super.

Teams are invited to enter into one or more of the categories, and prizes are awarded to the top three teams in each category. All competition categories are for either age range entry level (see below), and teams are able to enter into all three competition categories if they wish.

Teams should be made up of four or five students from a school or college.

FXP is open to schools and colleges across East Anglia and is free to enter.

Competition entry levels

Entry Level 1:

Year 8 to Year 11 learners

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Entry Level 2:

FE learners

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Competition categories

The two entry stages for the competition are based around the concept and development of a computer or mobile game:


Design an original idea for a game for computer or mobile platform


Build an original idea for a game for computer or mobile platform


2016 Winners

Over £6,000 of Prizes

Concept category:

[wpb-faa icon=”fa-trophy” size=”22″ color=”#f4cd2e”]Winner: West Suffolk College Team ‘Zapfino’

2nd Place: Bedford College Team ‘We Should Have Paid More Attention At School’

3rd Place: North Cambridge Academy Team ‘5 Star’

Development category:

Level 1 Development competition

[wpb-faa icon=”fa-trophy” size=”22″ color=”#f4cd2e”]Winner: Chesterton Community College Team ‘Rustle’

2nd Place: Chesterton Community College Team ‘Danny and the Man’

3rd Place: Parkside Community College Team ‘We are Doomed’

Level 2 Development competition

[wpb-faa icon=”fa-trophy” size=”22″ color=”#f4cd2e”]Winner: Cambridge Regional College Team ‘RGOG’

2nd Place: Suffolk New College Team ‘House Ordos’

3rd Place: West Suffolk College Team ‘Bleeding Cowboys’