Game Design Contest


    Marbles was founded on the idea that games should be both fun and brain beneficial. Whether they enhance mental processes or increase physical coordination, we are always on the lookout for new mind-boggling ideas.
    And that's where you come in.


    Desk Toy Challenge! - EXTENDED
    There is still time to enter & win!

    Show us your take on an existing game or something completely new, as long as it's original.
    Design a desktop toy/game that:

    • can be left out on a desk

    • is a fidget toy with or without specific rules

    • is single player or multi-player

    • is unique

    • can be played quietly - while people playing the game might make a ruckus, the toy/game itself cannot be noisy (no horns, buzzers, etc.)

    • and of course - is fun!

    You Could Win!

    You could win $2,000 and you'll see your vision come to life! Marbles will make and sell the winning desk toy design at all Marbles stores and on our website.

    Please read the guidelines in this Overview and see the Official Rules. You must meet all the requirements and agree to these rules to be eligible.

    Who Can Enter?

    Whether you are a customer of Marbles, have never heard of Marbles, or work for Marbles – the design contest is open to everyone over 18 and legally eligible to enter. See Official Rules for complete details on restrictions and design eligibility.

    How to Enter

    • Download the Entry Submission Form & Official Rules

    • Send your brainy desk toy entry by email to the address in the entry form by April 1, 2013 EXTENDED to April 8, 2013, 11 PM CST by mail or email. Your entry will include:

      • A description of how to play and what it’s made of

      • Pictures – up to 7 that show us your design

      • Prototypes are encouraged but not required. And don’t worry, we don't expect a finished product! Just enough to give us an idea of how cool it is

      • Show us how it works! You can submit an optional video with your entry to show it in action

    All entries must be received by email April 1, 2013 EXTENDED to April 8, 2013 at 11 PM CST.

    What Happens Next?

    • Marbles' panel of judges will review all eligible entries (without knowing who submitted them to keep it fair) and pick three finalists.

    • On April 10, will post the finalists to our Facebook page and open up voting for a fan favorite

    • Our judges will deliberate and pick a grand prize winner

    • We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page April 12, 2013

    The Rest of the Details

    Marbles will retain ownership of the winning design.
    Keep in mind that this is a public competition, so Marbles cannot control who sees your entry.

    This is a blind competition.
    Don’t identify yourself in visuals or answers, only the submission form. Though your name will be on the submission form, the judges won’t see it, and won't know who you are to keep the competition fair to everyone who enters.

    Enter as many designs as you like, but each entry should be unique, like snowflakes.
    Minor changes in color or materials won’t count as a separate entry.

    Be sure your contact information is complete.
    We will need to contact you if you’re the winner, and you will need to reply with all the required information to be the official winner.

    Punctuality Counts!
    There are no extensions, so you must submit your design to arrive by mail or email, no later than 11:00 p.m. CST on April 1, 2013 EXTENDED to April 8, 2013.

    Tip: visit to confirm that time in your area.

    Helpful Hints

    Check out this interview with Ryan Jedlicka, 2011 design contest winner and inventor of Lutso.


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