The 2018 NorthWest Luci Award

Congratulations to our 2018 LUCI award winners!

Also thank you an congratulations to SEMI FINALISTS - it was a tight race for all of these amazing games.

We want to thank all of the participants for taking a risk and sharing your amazing designs with us.



  • April 17th – Contest opens
  • May 20th – Final Submissions are Due
  • May 25th – Semi-Finalists will be announced
  • June 2nd at Digipen – Semi-finalists will be given space and a time slot to present their games to the final round judges. Finalists will be announced.
  • June 3rd at Digipen – Finalists will participate in an Arena event, and the winners will be announced.

2018's Final Round JUDGES




Who is LUCI?

Our contest is named after Luci; a GPO (Giant Pacific Octopus) that was released out of captivity back to waters near Tacoma. Like most GPOs, Luci has a penchant for solving puzzles and is believed to reside in the ruins of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge. 

Is the award only for new designers, or can published designers participate?

Although open to any unpublished game, the contest is specifically geared to help expose new indie designs and talent.

Is it OK if I know some of the judges personally?

Yes. Our judges are fairly gregarious, so we expect that they may have met some of the contestants. Direct relatives and co-workers of the judges are not eligible, however. See the RULES AND REGULATIONS section.

What do I get if I win?

You'll receive a nifty plaque, as well as the right to use the LUCI Award logo on your to be published game. You'll also get the chance to show off your design to dozens of industry insiders and professional designers at ETX. Not to mention fame, glory, bragging rights, and the satisfaction of a job well done. We're getting other prizes together as well which we will announce.

Do I Need to be present at ETX to win?


Wait, I didn't think there was an ETX this year? Where will the LUCI Awards 2018 events be held?

There is a scaled down version of ETXWA this year with Game Design Academy and the LUCI Awards. Semi-Finalist and Finalist events will be hosted at the DigiPen Institute of Technology on June 2nd-June 3rd. Info on the event will be posted on

Are the semi-finalist & finalist events open for the public to attend?

No. The semi-finalists and finalist events are a ticketed event (like it was at ETX 2017) at the.

What about a live Twitch broadcast?

Live broadcast information is TBA.

What happens in the case of a tie?

We reserve the right to announce multiple winners.

Can I submit my game to other contests?

Yes, submission to the LUCI Design Contest does not preclude entry to other contests.

The 2017 Northwest Lucu Award winners

Congratulations to all of the our 2017 contestants. Below are your 2017 LUCI game design contest winners.