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The Sammy Awards is an awards ceremony hosted by the Center for Games and Playable Media at UCSC. Students enrolled in our game design program create real games with real deadlines, and the Sammy Awards is a celebration of their accomplishments.

At the end of the academic year in mid-June, our students have succeeded in creating a playable game. Games are judged by game design professionals (often successful alumni!). After a long day of demoing games, our students and their family and friends are invited to the Sammy Awards, where they are able to present their game in all its triumph-and maybe win an award or two.