One Special Game
Showcase your creativity for SpecialEffect
Create your dream video game fan art poster based on one of three iconic games for a chance to win a range of superb video game related prizes.
We’re inviting artists, students and fans to design and submit an A3 fan poster inspired by one of these titles. A panel of industry experts will choose a winner for each game, plus an overall winner. Pro-quality limited edition prints (25 of each winning design) will be sold with all profits going to SpecialEffect, and prints will also be available via print on demand service.
The winner will receive a prize bundle including a brand new OLED Switch, an Adobe Stock Annual license, a £100 voucher for games clothing company Insert Coin, a game bundle from Perp Games and a professional portfolio review. Runner-up prizes include £50 Insert Coin vouchers and Perp Game bundles.
It’s your chance to celebrate to your favourite title through your creativity – and support the life-changing work of a charity that’s transforming lives through the magic of video games.
Choose one of the three games and create a single A3 poster image as a 300 dpi digital file plus a smaller thumbnail for initial submission. Please ensure that all work is 100% original content and don’t use official game art, logos, publisher logos or screenshots. You are welcome to submit more than one entry.
Mail your smaller thumbnail images (minimum of 1080 pixels wide if possible) to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the following information:
a. Name and location (One Special Game 2020 is open to entrants around the world, HOWEVER not all prizes will be available to international entrants)
b. Twitter name/Instagram name (if you have these)
c. Your chosen game and a line or two on why you chose this title, maybe why it is special to you.
d. Your professional or amateur capacity and your connection to the games industry, if you have one.
Entries are open until Friday 1 October 2021 and the competition is open to all creatives globally aged 18 or over.
Judging and Publicity
After the closing date of Friday 1 October, a panel of creative industry professionals and illustrators will judge the submissions and select up to three images for each game to be part of this year’s ‘One Special Game Collection’.
The judges are:
One image will also be selected as the One Special Game Game Poster of the Year with the winner being awarded the prize bundle. Runners-up will also be announced.
After judging, limited edition prints of the winning images will be sold to raise funds for SpecialEffect.
We will also be hosting an on-line gallery/store with the images and reserve the right to use them for publicity purposes. However, the ultimate image rights remain with the artist and the game IP rights with the respective publishers.
By submitting your entry, understand that you agree to the Terms & Conditions and give SpecialEffect permission to reproduce the work purely to publicise, or raise funds for the charity (this will include A3 prints and posters).
Full Brief and T&Cs
Download the full brief and competition terms & conditions.
With Grateful Thanks
One Special Game wouldn’t be possible without the help of many wonderful people, sponsors and friends, and we extend a big thank you to them all, including Stephen Hey and Hollie Pattison, and Mat Roff for the amazing cover art.
“SpecialEffect is such a special charity which does incredible work to bring the enjoyment of play to gamers with disabilities. The team at RARE are thrilled as always to help and evangelise about the amazing work the SpecialEffect team do and be part of One Special Day 2020.”
Craig Duncan, RARE