Beyond the Game Challenges for ALL Gamers

So, what's a Beyond the Game Challenge?

Beyond the Game Challenges are where esports Clubs across North America can tap into their talent apart from their competitive teams! Here, students with interests in the different sectors of the Esports Ecosystem (below) can learn new skills, expand their knowledge, and gain real experience in potential future career opportunities.

So, for the student who loves video games and esports - we want to see your passion for esports and your esports club come alive this winter! Use your creativity, curiosity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills to take on one or more of the challenges below! 


2021 NASEF Fall Beyond the Game Challenges

About

Introducing the Beyond the Game Challenges, where esports Clubs can tap into their talent apart from their competitive teams. Here, students with interests in the different sectors of the Esports Ecosystem can learn new skills, expand their knowledge, and gain real experience in potential future career opportunities! We challenge and celebrate students with interests in a variety of roles within the Esports Ecosystem (Content Creators, Entrepreneurs, Strategists, and Organizers). Students are encouraged to learn new skills, expand their knowledge, and gain real experience in potential future career opportunities. Beyond the Game Challenges are open to all active members in activated NASEF Clubs.

NASEF Fall Beyond the Game Challenges

Challenge

Design a logo for your esports club to represent your events, social media content, marketing materials, etc.

Submission Details

Submit a video of your process and final product to Flipgrid (Examples of your process could include a written format, storyboard, other attempts, etc). Walk us through that verbally and remember to answer at least 3 questions below. 

Commentate over your video using the questions below; answer at least 3 of them (you do not have to answer all of them).

Questions: 

  1. How many different logos did you try to create? 
  2. Did you try different materials/mediums? Which ones worked better? Which ones didn’t? 
  3. What inspired you to create your logo?
  4. Will your club use your logo anywhere? If so, for what?
  5. What was the most exciting part of creating your logo? What was the most difficult part?

 

  • Video length should be at least 2 minutes but no more than 5 minutes
    • Commentary must be at least 90 seconds long
  • Submissions must be original videos.
  • Submit your video on Flipgrid. 
  • Logging into Flipgrid.
    • To access your Flipgrid account, please follow these instructions:
      • Go to: Add new Flipgrid library link for each challenge 
      • When you’re ready to record or upload your video. Click the “Moderate Button,” to record or click “My Flipgrid” and login.
      • Type in your username, click “Next.”
      • Type in your password, click “Sign-In.”

Challenge

Design an outfit, piece of clothing, or equipment from your favorite game character!

Submission Details

Submit a video of your process and final product to Flipgrid (Examples of your process could include a written format, storyboard, other attempts, etc). Walk us through that verbally and remember to answer at least 3 questions below. 

 

Commentate over your video using the questions below, answer at least 3 of them (you do not have to answer all of them).

Questions: 

  1. What piece of clothing or material was your favorite to make? Which material was hardest to make?
  2. Which materials were better to work with? Which didn’t work?
  3. Do you think you will use your cosplay for an event?
  4. What inspired you to create your cosplay outfit?
  5. What was the most enjoyable part of creating your cosplay? What was the most difficult part?

 

  • Video length should be at least 2 minutes but no more than 5 minutes
    • Commentary must be at least 90 seconds long
  • Submissions must be original videos.
  • Submit your video on Flipgrid.
  • Logging into Flipgrid
    • To access your Flipgrid account, please follow these instructions:
      • Go to: Add new Flipgrid library link for each challenge 
      • When you’re ready to record or upload your video. Click the “Moderate Button,” to record or click “My Flipgrid” and login.
      • Type in your username, click “Next.”
      • Type in your password, click “Sign-In.”

Challenge

Design a unique character or world or an extension to an existing character or world from your favorite game!

Submission Details

Submit a video of your process and final product to Flipgrid (Examples of your process could include a written format, storyboard, other attempts, etc). Walk us through that verbally and remember to answer at least 3 questions below. 

 

Commentate over your video using the questions below, answer at least 3 of them (you do not have to answer all of them).

Questions: 

  1. Why did you design your character/world?
  2. Did you create an extension of a character or world?
  3. What makes your character unique?
  4. What was the most enjoyable part of creating your character/world? 
  5. What was the most difficult part?

 

  • Video length should be at least 2 minutes but no more than 5 minutes
    • Commentary must be at least 90 seconds long
  • Submissions must be original videos.
  • Submit your video on Flipgrid.
  • Logging into Flipgrid
    • To access your Flipgrid account, please follow these instructions:
      • Go to: Add new Flipgrid library link for each challenge 
      • When you’re ready to record or upload your video. Click the “Moderate Button,” to record or click “My Flipgrid” and login.
      • Type in your username, click “Next.”
      • Type in your password, click “Sign-In.”

HOW IT WORKS

Through the 2021-22 school year, we will be introducing a series of challenges that represent a different sector of the Esports Ecosystem. This November we are focusing on content creation. Content creators help tell the story of each team, streamer, company, or organization they represent. These careers include: Journalists, Shoutcasters, Streamers, Software Developers, and Fandom Art & Media. We will have three challenges; create a club/team logo, cosplay and create a character/world building. Choose at least one challenge and submit your Challenge submission online at Flipgrid. We will you give a month to finish the challenge. Since this is the first challenge, you will have all of November and December to do this challenge. NASEF Members can submit entries for more than one Challenge. Members can also submit as individuals or as teams. See guidelines for submission details for each and review each Challenge as their awards and requirements are specific to each Challenge.

  • These challenges are open to any student ages 8-18 who is enrolled in middle or high school (secondary school).
  • All entries must be submitted on the NASEF Flipgrid by the Challenge deadline.
    • FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS: 
      • The submission form may be completed by students ages 14+ 
      • The submission form must be completed by an Adult Sponsor on behalf of students under the age of 14 years
    • FOR TEAMS: The submission form must be completed by an Adult Sponsor (educator, parent or guardian).
    • Entrants may complete more than one submission per Challenge.
  • Any submission design:
    • Must be your own original work.
    • Must not contain any content that is obscene or offensive.
    • Must not contain your image or any identification markers.
    • Make sure your files are high resolution, not crooked, and can easily be viewed.
  • Submissions should follow the specific Challenge guidelines.
    • Any links to Google, DropBox, OneDrive Folders, or similar file sharing folders must give permission to info@NASEF.org to view the document, image, folder, etc. Please double check all permissions of links. Unfortunately, submissions with locked permissions will be considered incomplete entries for the Challenge.
  • Be sure to check with your parent or legal guardian before sending any information to NASEF.
    • All winners will be required to verify their eligibility by their parent or guardian completing a Liability Release and Publicity Release during the award acknowledgement process.
  • All entries must be submitted to NASEF.org by Friday, December 31, 2021 at 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm GMT (UTC).
  • Be an active member of a Club activated in the North America Scholastic Esports Federation
    • Active Member for a student means completion of student and parent/guardian forms and student has met eligibility requirements.
    • Active Club means complete activation with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation. See Getting Started for more information.
  • Students must have this parent/guardian permission slip completed. 
  • Complete media release form.
  • Review Flipgrid’s Terms and Privacy Policy.
  • Submit your parent/guardian form and media release here

Beyond The Game Challenges Full Packet Guide

Upload parent/guardian permission slip & media release


Past BTG Challenges and Award Recipients

About

Introducing our 2021 North America Scholastic Esports Federation Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Beyond the Game Challenges! The competition challenged and celebrates students’ imagination while they explore different roles within the Esports Ecosystem (Content Creators, Entrepreneurs, Strategists and Organizers). What separates a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest from other chain reaction or innovation competitions is artistry, storytelling, and a sense of humor. This competition is now closed. 

Students were encouraged to invent fun and hilarious machines and contraptions while learning new skills and gaining real experience in potential future career opportunities!

You and your friends are competing online against another team and you’re starting to get hungry! You can’t quit the game and let your team down. Can you create a Rube Goldberg machine, or complex contraption that helps you snack while you compete with your team? What would that invention look like? Would you use household items, pets, or toys? How absurd but fun would make it? Artists, graphic designers, and animators help bring life to games and esports competitions. Combine your interests in game design, problem-solving, technology and art.

Challenge

Create a cartoon or comic strip of your device or contraption that absurdly or complicatedly solves a #GamerProblem!

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations.
    • Examples include: design a dust-blower for your game cartridge or exercise machine that allows you to play games while you’re exercising.

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines

Competitive modes are fun, but ever want to dive deep into building and custom maps? We challenge you to create a Rube Goldberg machine, or complex contraption, in your favorite game’s custom mode! How will you create the six Rube Goldberg elements (inclined plane, lever, pulley, screw, wedge, wheel and axle)? Game designers, software developers and graphic artists help bring life to games and esports competitions. Combine your interests in game design, problem-solving, technology and art.

Challenge

Create a Rube Goldberg machine in your favorite game’s custom map making mode!

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations.
    • Consider games such as Roblox, Fortnite, or other titles with custom map making abilities.

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines. 

“And there you have it folks, what a match!” Have you ever watched a game and shoutcasting is the mid-match commentary you hear that provides in-depth analysis of the game that guides the viewer while also hyping up the match. Can you take on the challenge of shoutcasting the progression of a Rube Goldberg machine? Shoutcasters, hosts, and other on-camera talent help illustrate the story within games and esports competitions. Combine your interests in production, story-telling, and putting on a great show.

Challenge

Cast a Rube Goldberg machine in action! 

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations.

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines. 

What is your favorite board game? Why is that your favorite board game? Do you like the characters? The quest or challenge of the game? Game designers use their skills of creativity and design to develop games for entertainment and education purposes. It involves creating the overall storyline, characters, and rule and how each of those elements interact with each other. Combine your interest in theorycrafting, design, and story-telling.

Challenge

Design a Rube Goldberg-inspired board game! 

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations. 

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines. 

When a game becomes very popular amongst all gamers, it is not long after we start talking about how to turn it into an esports. Can you create a tournament to determine who is the best at Rube Goldberg online? Game developers, theory crafters, and tournament organizers help bring people together through games and esports competitions. Combine your interests in event production, tournament organizing and game designing.

Challenge

Design a competitive online Rube Goldberg tournament!

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations. 

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines. 


Spring 2019-20

Abdul M., Centennial High School, CA
Adam H., Lampeter Strasburg High School, PA
Dorothy F., Quincy Junior Senior High School, CA
Ethan A., Edison High School, CA
Grace P., Elite Prep San Jose, CA​

Katrina M., Troy High School, CA
CalAPS (California Advancing Pathways for Students), CA
Nicole S., Fairfield High School, IA
William O., Eleanor Roosevelt High School, CA

Winter 2019-20

Dallas C.Fairfield High School, IA
Bradley C. - Southwest Miami High School, FL
Dustin D. - Cornell School District, PA
Vanessa F. - Miami Lakes Educational Center, FL
Nicholas G. - Elk County Catholic High School, PA
Jazaria G. - ReGenerate Tech, FL

Seung (Angel) J. - Troy High School, CA
Singing Coyote M., Erick P., Bryan A., Adrian T., Huy T., Anthony N.  - Magnolia High School, CA
Khiem N. - Evergreen Valley High School, CA
William O. - Eleanor Roosevelt High School, CA
Dararith S. - Centennial High School, CA
Luke S. - Garnet Valley High School, PA