Shark Tank's Daymond John to guest judge Hasbro's Fall 2016 Gaming Challenge

Billy Langsworthy

By Billy Langsworthy

September 8th 2016 at 3:01PM
UPDATED September 9th 2016 at 11:39AM
Shark Tank's Daymond John to guest judge Hasbro's Fall 2016 Gaming Challenge

The Challenge sees Hasbro once again join forces with Indiegogo to uncover the next great family game.

FUBU creator and Shark Tank judge Daymond John has signed on to guest judge Hasbro's Fall 2016 Gaming Challenge.

Open to game designers in the US, UK, Canada (excluding Quebec), France and Germany, the Challenge sees Hasbro once again join forces with Indiegogo to uncover the next great family game.

Following its successful debut in 2015 and a follow-up Challenge earlier this spring, the Fall 2016 Gaming Challenge, open up to October 23rd, sees game designers submit their ideas for a new face-to-face, family friendly game at NextGreatGameChallenge.com.

A team of Hasbro game experts and designers will evaluate each submission based on its gameplay, theme and viability and select five finalists to launch campaigns for their concept on Indiegogo.

Finalists will also receive $2,000 as well as mentorship from Hasbro and Indiegogo as they raise awareness, funding, and support for their game. 

In February of 2017, Daymond John will join a panel of judges consisting of Hasbro brand, design, and development team members and score each of the five finalists based on the Challenge criteria including game play, viability, and theme.

The grand prize winner will receive $25,000, a trip to Hasbro headquarters in Rhode Island, and the opportunity to work with Hasbro to make his or her game a reality.

“It’s an honour to be a part of a programme like Hasbro’s 2016 Fall Gaming Challenge that celebrates core entrepreneurial values like creativity, talent, and drive,” said Daymond John.

“As both a leader in business and diehard gamer, it’s exciting to get in on the action of providing players with the next big thing in gaming and helping someone’s dreams come true. I enjoy playing games with my own family, and am looking forward to being a part of this challenge to bring families together with new and exciting games.” 

Hasbro’s first Gaming Challenge launched in 2015 and off the back of it, The Mr Toast Game is now available at Target in the US and Hex Casters is now available on Amazon.

“Hasbro’s Gaming Challenges have been a proven vehicle for transforming the gaming community’s ideas into realities and providing our fans new and exciting ways to play,” said Brian Chapman, head of design and development at Hasbro.

“We’re thrilled to welcome celebrated entrepreneur Daymond John to our judges’ table. His expertise in identifying products and people with potential for great success will be invaluable in our third challenge.”