About WODC

【Latest Developments】

The 2nd WODC Final Result Announcement


Finals list here!


Game testing is continuing


Semi-Finals Submission Determined!


The news:About Preliminaries results


Preliminaries results will come soon!


WODC(World Original Design Contest of Board Game)is proudly initiated and held by Yoka Games, following the success of the first season, the second season will continue to encourage original design by accepting submissions from all around the world.

In the second season, with the exception of Trading Card Games (TCG) and Living Card Games (LCG), we have decided to permit all possible original designs and ideas, by not setting theme requirements, as long as they have never been commercialized, published, or participated in any other board game design contests. The second season of WODC will still progress through the qualification and preliminary rounds of selection before arriving at the finals.

The competition aims to encourage original game design from game designers and promote the growth of the board games industry. We welcome all designers who have ideas, creativity and enthusiasm to join in and compete for the glory and rewards that may follow!


1 Gold prize: Cash of US$3,000 (subject to regulatory taxes).

1 Silver prize: Cash of US$2,000 (subject to regulatory taxes).

2 Bronze prizes: Cash of US$1,000 each (subject to regulatory taxes).

Various Awards: Total Cash prize pool of US$2,000 (subject to regulatory taxes).

10 years of self-publishing experience, with over 10 million sets of board games being produced.

Professional experience in product planning.

Specialized art team.

Large resource pool in production.

Comprehensive channels for distribution,

through both online and offline means.

Professional board game magazine provides coverage for the entire competition.

More than 50 online game review websites for promotions.

Notification support from the popular App “Board Game Circle”.


Attractive prize pool Winner gets US$3,000! The total prize pool is US$9,000

Production for Publishing

Professional help provided for commercialization of final product

Marketing support

Promotion of games are done through both on/offline channels

Professional Judges

Providing professional advice on game commercialization

【Contest Schedule】

March 1st,2020

Preliminaries submissions deadline


Before June 12th, 2020

Semi-Finals Submission


Oct 2020

Finals Result


Open for Submissions: October 20th, 2019 Official E-mail opens for Submissions.

Preliminaries results: April 2020(Date to be determined)After the initial screening, our staff will reply via mail and announce results on the official website.

Semi-Finals Results:Sept. 2020(date to be determined) After the game testing, the staff will reply via mail and announce results on the official website.

A grand ceremony will be held in Shanghai Board Game Market for prize presentation, alone with well-known designers from both the local and overseas board game scene.

October 20th, 2019

Open for Submissions


April 27th, 2020

Preliminaries results


Sept 2020

Semi-Finals Results


2020 during BGM

Prize giving ceremony


Deadline(Subject to the time of sending)March 1st, 2020,23:59:59(UTC+8)Submissions can be made before the submission deadline, and resubmissions can be revised and submitted again also before the deadline.

Semi-Finals Submission: May 2020(date to be determined)Submissions for the semi-finals must be a prototype.

Finals Result:Oct. 2020(date to be determined) Judges will determine which submissions from the semi-finals shall proceed on to the finals.


WODC specifically accepts original, unreleased games, work that have been copyrighted, commercialized, or have participated in crowd-funding or any other events will not be accepted. The organizer will keep the content of every submission confidential. At the end of each round, the submissions that have been selected to proceed to the next round shall be announced. Before proceeding with the submission, please read the 2nd World Original Design Contest of Board Game Rules and Regulations(Click here to check the details). Every participant will be required to send an application form through e-mail, and each submission must be furnished with one application form.

Deadline(Subject to the time of sending): March 1st, 2020,23:59:59(UTC+8)

【How to Join】

Please submit by E-mail. Contents of submission E-mail (Please write in English or Chinese):

01 - Attach the completed entry form in PDF format (Download)

02 - Attach the detailed game rules in PDF format. Game rules should include but are not limited to: Initial game settings, Flow of the game, End of the game, Victory conditions, etc.

03 - Subject of the email must be represented by the name of the completed submission.

04 - In addition to the above information, you can also provide other supporting materials, including introductory wordings, cards, photos, illustrations, audio, video, animation, power-point presentations, etc., these materials should help auditors understand your design more.

Email address: tougao@dobest.com

Post address: 8F., Bldg. 1, Hailan Chuangzhi Tiandi, No. 478 Yuhangtang Rd., Gongshu Dist., Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 311100

Reciever: WODC Committee

Contact number: (+86) 571-88050880-3061

If you have any questions about the competition, please check our FAQ or contact us directly.


If you have any questions about the competition or would like to seek business cooperation, please contact us:

Address: 8/F, Building 1, Hailan Chuangzhi Tiandi, No. 478 Yuhangtang Road, Gongshu District, Hangzhou, China

Post code: 311100

Contact number: 0571-88050880-3061



Q1: If my work has been shown in other public occasions (such as a board game exhibition), can I submit it?

A: Entries in the WODC Contest must not have been published on any platform (including but not limited to crowd-funding, exhibitions, magazines, etc.) (with the exception of submissions through the Yoka Games original board game design platform and private game testing).

Q2: After submission, do I still have an opportunity to amend my submission?

A: You may amend or add on to your game content as long as they are submitted before the deadline. It is important to pay attention to the deadlines.

Q3: Which aspects of the submission are being considered in the preliminaries and which are considered in the semi-finals?

A: In the preliminaries, the competition committee checks if the work meets the requirements of the competition, things like if the design is original or appeared elsewhere, whether it contains sensitive content, and more. Following that, the submission goes into the review phase and are screened primarily by reviewing the contents of the rulebook. In the semi-finals, the game will be evaluated through actual tests, including strategic, interactivity, replay ability, substitution, balance, difficulty, operability and fluency, and whether the submission has any unique selling points. Finally, the finalists are selected according to the various factors that makes up the entirety of the submission.

Q4: When my submission is in review and the reviewing committee has a question, will they contact me?

A: No. Explanation of the game rules is part of the criteria for evaluation. To ensure that evaluation is being carried out in all equal fairness, we will not contact any designers about the rules. If there are concerns that explanation in text may not be clear, we recommend that you use the pictures, diagrams or specific examples. Additionally, you may submit supplemental materials such as videos to assist with the explanation. However, please ensure that the materials submitted are relevant, and are submitted before the deadlines.

Q5: After the submission, how is the copyright of the work handled for winning and non-winning submissions?

A: After preliminaries results have been announced and published, all rights arising from the submissions that failed to enter the primarilies will be handed back to the designers. For submissions that have entered the primarilies of the competition. After the final results have been announced and published, and with Yoka Games subsequently given up the first rights of signing the submission by not offering a contract to the designer, all rights arising from the submission are also handed back to the designer. All submissions will be kept by the organizing committee during the competition. Please pay careful attention to the official correspondences via email and updates on the official website.

Q6: What changes to the prize pool between the 1st and 2nd season of WODC?

A: The total prize pool of the second season is exactly the same as that of the 1st season. 9,000 US dollars. The prize amount of the Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes are also intact, with the Gold prize at 3,000 US dollars, Silver prize at 2000 US dollars and Bronze prize at 1000 US dollars each, there will be 2 bronze prizes in the 2nd season. The Excellence Awards (the finalists who have not won the Gold, Silver or Bronze prizes) in the 1st season will be restructure into a number of judges' selection awards, with the remaining 2000 US Dollars to be equally divided among the winners of the selection awards. The judges' selection awards will be selected from all the preliminaries who have not won the top 3 prizes. These awards will be selected from submissions that exhibits outstanding qualities in various aspects. In addition, we will also issue certificates for winners of the gold, silver, bronze, and other prizes.

Q7: What if I want my prototype back when the competition is over?

A: The competition committee will not take the initiative to return the submissions, if you wish to have your prototype sent back, you will need to contact Yoka Games with your mailing address, mobile phone number and postage fees. The competition committee will send your submission to the address that you have specified.

Q8: Is original art required for the submission, or may placeholder art borrowed from online sources be used? (As previously asked by Bruce Nettleton on BoardGameGeek)

A: While borrowed graphics are permitted, we will require each participant to state the source of the borrowed pictorials or images. Having said that, we strongly encourage participants to go for submissions containing their own original artwork, this will contribute towards the level of completion in the submission which is a medium level factor for the WODC committee to consider. Gameplay is the most important factor that the committee will rate, even with borrowed graphics (please attach source acknowledgment). In the event where the gameplay mechanics are rated similarly in terms of points in the contest, the committee will look into the level of completeness (including artwork). If the organizing committee decides to sign the project to bring it commercial, we will definitely invest quality artwork for the game, such an example is illustrated in the transformation from the silver prize winner’s Shan Hai Jing to Drifting Lands.

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The 2nd WODC Final Result Announcement

On the afternoon of October 17. 2020, the 2nd World Original Design Contest of Board Games, after almost a year of time, finally draw an end.

Thank all the support and faith in the competition, and the trust that was given to Yoka’s initiative of developing original board game designes. Due to various reasons, the Board Game Market 2020 was responded with unprecedented love and support from players and designers.


First of all, we would like to announce that the Gold Prize and the Silver Prize-winning designs of the 1st WODC have now both been officially aunched, and we were pleased to have them for display and trial play at BGM2020.


Duel Dynasty, the Gold Prize-winner of the 1st WODC, recently landed on New Goods as a crowdfunding project. We are expecting to present you the actual product in the near future.





The test play area was packed since the morning of BGM day 1.







In the afternoon of October 17, we opened WODC Prize-giving Ceremony, and announced winners of the 2nd WODC.






Excellency Awards winners were the first ones to be announced during the ceremony. These winners are selected from those who entered the Final but did not make it to the top 3.

We believe these designs all have great potential, and hope to see them landing in the market soon!

Although impacted by the global pandemic, many winners could not make it to the ceremony, we hope to build WODC not just as a platform for outstandin original designs, but also a bridge to connect global designers, and help bond the board game design community even deeper, create more idea-exchanging opportunities for designers from all over the world.





Next, our judges’ choice, Various Awards were announced.

This is the first time this award is given, in order to reward outstanding performance from various aspects, to encourage designs with unique characters and help designers build their own styles.







Finally, the winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were announced. Industry-changing guest speakers presented them with the prizes, and best wishes.

The two winners of the 3rd place travelled for a far way in China to attend the event. We are grateful for their endeavor.

Ms. Chen from Wingo Games, the sponsor of WODC winner gifts, presented gifts and certificates.






The winner of the 2nd place is Dominic Huang, who is from Singapore, and unfortunately could not attend the ceremony due to travel bans. One of our

staff received the award on behalf of him. Luckily, he made a video to greet the fans.

We look forward to meet him in person one day.





Last but not least is the winner of the 1st place, Mr. Qianke Weng and his design, Quan Di.







With the encouraging applause, the 2ND WODC has come to an end.

Following the ceremony, we will be releasing the greeting videos made by the winners. Please follow our Facebook page and official website to stay tuned to the videos, as well as updates on the next WODC.



For submissions that did not make it to the top 3, we would like to thank your participation as well. These submissions are at the correspondent designers’ disposal, effective from today. If you would like to receive your submission back, please contact us via email or phone.



Thank you again for your support and encouragement.


We will continue optimizing the rules and system and start the preparation work of the 3rd WODC soon, as well as bringing outstanding original designs to gamers around the world.



Hope to see you again soon! We sincerely look forward to the next WODC!



Finals list here!

Dear designers:

We received your submissions with great pleasure over the course of the past months. The WODC Committee would like to sincerely thank everybody for your participation.

After the Semi-Finals, the committee sat through countless sleepless nights in serious and meticulous evaluation, we are delighted to announce that we have shortlisted the following designs for the Final (listed in random order):



Congratulations to all the listed finalists!

The above designs are set to enter the Final round and compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, as well as other prizes such as the Excellence Award. Besides, all the submissions of Semi-Finals would have a chance to get our Judges’ Choice Award. The results of the 2nd WODC will be announced at the 2nd WODC Award Ceremony, which will be held during BGM Shanghai (October 17-18th). All participants and designers are welcome to join us at the event!

 In addition to all the Awards, WODC is honored to have gotten our first sponsor, WinGo Games, who wishes to gift every award-winner a set of their proudly-designed Designer Kit (illustrated below) to encourage more original designs and make visualizing and designing easier.





For submissions that failed to enter the Final, we would like to thank your participation as well. These submissions are at the correspondent designers’ disposal, effective from today. 

We encourage designers to continue their work and look forward to seeing new submissions next year! In addition to the WODC, we also have a general submission channel available to all designers at http://design.yokagames.com/index.html#/ We welcome any submission at any time!

We will also send the Semi-Final results individually to all contestants via email. For those who had not received the email, please contact us through email, phone call, QQ group chat or even our Facebook page. For our contact information, please refer to the WODC official website.

Thank you again for your continuous support. Please stay tuned to our future updates!



Game testing is continuing

Now our team is still working on game testing.

Everything seems to be well,

and it is so glad to see that we have received submissions with a higher quality than the 1st WODC.

We would announce the result within September as planned.

Please check the Semi-Finals Results afterwards.


Thank you very much for your patience!



Semi-Finals Submission Determined!

Now our Semi-Finals Submission has been determined!

Thank you very much for supporting!


We would start the game testing of the Semi-Finals Submissions, and we would provide the Semi-Finals Results after that.

Please keep an eye on our site or official FB (https://www.facebook.com/officialwodc/) for news.



Best regards and good luck!



The news:About Preliminaries results

Dear contestants:

The WODC committee is thrilled to have received your submissions and would like to thank you for your participation.

The past few months have been nothing short of fun and excitement reviewing your submissions.

After multiple rounds of review and consideration, we are excited to have shortlisted the following designs for the Semi-finals (not listed in order nor priority):



We would like to congratulate the designers who have their submissions shortlisted for the Semi-finals. Please submit your prototype and related materials by mail by June 12, 2020 (subject to actual shipping date) to proceed onto the next stage.


To ensure the efficiency and accuracy of semi-final review, please send your demo product to our designated address (see WODC official website for details).


In view of the recent impact of COVID-19 on logistics, it is important to email us the tracking information once you processed the shipment.


In the unfortunate event of parcel loss or missing the deadline, our committee members will contact you by email or any other contact information you submitted. Please make sure to keep your contact information updated.


For non-mainland-China residential contestants who are experiencing lockdowns, we would also accept submissions via email. Please submit the latest PnP version of your work to WODC email address (tougao@dobest.com).


For submissions that did not make it through to the Semi-finals, we would like to sincerely thank you for your participation. The rights to these submissions are at the correspondent designers’ disposal. We encourage you to continue their work and we look forward to seeing new submissions in the next season of WODC!


In addition to the WODC, we also have general submission channel available to all designers at http://design.yokagames.com/index.html#/ and we welcome submissions all year round!


We will also send preliminary results individually to all contestants via email. For those who had not received the email, please contact us through email, phone call, QQ group chat or our Facebook page. For our contact information, please refer to the WODC official website.


Thank you again for your continuous support. Please stay tuned to further updates!



Preliminaries results will come soon!

Since our Preliminaries submissions ended, WODC Committee is working aggressively for the results.


During the Preliminaries step, we collected some data and have compared and analyzed these information as the following.



We have received 124 submissions from China and overseas.

And the number of designers in the 2nd WODC has an increase of 11.24% from the 1st WODC.






Since the Preliminaries now is back on track,

we would announce the Preliminaries results in April as planned.

So please keep an eye on our official site to get our information afterwards.




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