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Instructions on How to Participate in
The Escapist Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2013!

Below you will find everything you need to know about participation and voting for The Escapist's Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2013. If you have any additional questions, please leave them in our official Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2013 forum.

How to Participate

It's easy to begin voting for the game you think should win Game of the Year for 2013! First, you must be logged into your The Escapist account. If you are not a The Escapist community member, you can register for a free account by clicking here, or Login with Facebook. (Please note that creating multiple accounts will result in all of your accounts being banned and all votes negated.)

Everyone can vote and participate but you must be at least 13 years of age and a legal citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia to be eligible for the Publisher's Club prize. Check out the official rules here.

Fill out your bracket here. Filling out the bracket does not automatically cast your votes, so you'll have to come back when voting opens on December 4th.

Please note: The developers of these games are allowed to promote in any way they wish EXCEPT for promising or giving away prizes if they win.


Each match-up you vote in grants you another entry towards winning one of the amazing prizes (this will link to the Prizes page). Voting can be done two different ways:

  1. Click on the "VOTE" button from our main bracket page, and a match-up page will pop up. Go through the list and vote on each of the match-ups, then head over to the forums to chat!
  2. Voting is also available via each match-up thread in our official Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2013 forums. Just click any of the threads and there will be a click-able link within each thread.

Each round lasts 1 week.

Filling Out Your Bracket

You are able to fill out your own bracket with who you think will win each match-up and win the whole tournament. Use this as your predictions for the tournament. While there will be a couple badges given out, how your bracket performs will be used to determine the 10 winners of the bracket challenge. The 10 highest ranking brackets - those with the most correctly predicted winners - will receive a year of Publisher's Club!

To begin making your choices, click here. Once on the page, click the "Begin to Vote" button in the middle of the page or click on any of the match-ups. A pop-out frame will then be displayed to make voting easier. Click the "VOTE" button of the game you think could be Game of the Year in that match-up and then click the "Next" button on the right side of the pop-up. Once you have gone through all of the match-ups for each round, the page will automatically save.

Please note, you are welcome to make as many changes as you like to your bracket before December 4th. Just remember, if you change one choice, it may change part of your bracket as well, so update your entire bracket accordingly.

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Bracket Scoring

As you fill out your bracket, remember that you are competing for a nice limited edition badge! Each round has a point total associated with it, so the more match-ups you choose correctly, the more points you will get overall. Here is the breakdown of the points system:

  • Round 1 = 1 point per match-up
  • Round 2 = 3 point per match-up
  • Round 3 = 5 point per match-up
  • Round 4 = 10 point per match-up

At the end of the tournament, the top 10 bracket owners will get special limited edition badges and a yearlong subscription to The Escapist Publishers Club. To view how you and the rest of the bracket owners are doing, make sure to keep visiting the Leaderboard Page or click on the "Leaderboard" tab at the top of the page.

Round Schedule

On December 4th, you can begin casting your votes. Below is a schedule for each round, with all rounds starting at approximately 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time. Make sure to cast your vote for each round. Remember: every vote gets you another entry towards the prizes!

  • November 27th - Start filling out your bracket
  • December 3rd - 11:59 pm - Deadline to submit your bracket predicting the Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2013
  • December 4th - Voting begins for the first round begins
  • December 10th - 11:59 pm - Voting ends for the first round
  • December 11th - The 8 winners announced. Voting begins for the next 4 matchups.
  • December 17th - 11:59 pm - Voting ends for the second round
  • December 18th - The 4 winners announced. Voting begins for the next 2 matchups.
  • December 24th - 11:59 pm - Voting ends for the third round
  • December 25th - The 2 winners announced. Voting begins for the final matchup
  • December 31st - 11:59 pm - Voting ends for the final matchup
  • January 1st - The Escapist Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2013 announced!

We'll be announcing the games that move on to the next round every Wednesday in December, and you'll get the chance to vote in the new matchups.

Good luck! And may the best game of 2013 win!