August 2021: Battle Zone Map [CLOSED]


Start Date: August 12, 2021
Due Date: August 31, 2021 (by end of day, Pacific Time)


Each entrant is eligible for a payment of up to $400, with a minimum of $100 if the entry meets the minimum standards. The exact payment amount for each entrant will be based on the quality of the entrant’s work.


For this Challenge, create a map that is designed for player combat! The goal is to build a great looking map that creators can use for their combat games.

For examples of the types of maps we are looking for, check out these games:

  • Counter-Strike Global Offensive (PC)

  • Call Of Duty (PC)

  • Sniper Alley (Core)


Some of the features to consider for your map are listed below.

The most common type of setting is urban combat with lots of buildings and areas to take cover. Some of these settings are general urban areas, while others have a more specific locale, such as a shipyard.

Buildings are one of the most important parts of the map. Visually, they help define the look and feel of your map. Functionally, they serve as the main areas for players to hide or go on the hunt. Buildings could be either partially destroyed, or fully intact.

The interiors of buildings are not too detailed, but usually do contain some cover elements to crouch behind. Doors, open windows, stairways, and connecting rooms are all important since that is where the enemy can come from.

Designing ways for players to climb on top of objects and buildings is a great way to enhance gameplay. This allows players to enter buildings through multiple entry points such as windows and rooftops.

Map Size
The size of the map should be designed so that it encourages engagement at the appropriate frequency. If a map is too big, then players will have a hard time finding the enemy. If a map is too small, then there is no room for escape, and the battle tactics are limited.

The ambiance is an important part of the map design. Elements such as the skybox, environmental effects, accent lighting, sounds, etc can really enhance how your map feels.

Invisible boundaries should be placed around the map to prevent players from leaving the map.


There are many PC and mobile games with excellent battle zone maps. You can view gameplay and videos at Twitch and YouTube.


  • Create a battle zone map of your own design.

Judging Criteria

  • Your work should strive to meet the updated criteria below.

  • View the full Judging Criteria.


If you have any questions, then please visit the #challenge-board channel on the Core VIP Discord server.


How To Apply

For instructions on how to apply, please visit the Application Form post.


Submitting Your Work

  • Your application acceptance message includes instructions on how to submit your work.
  • Entrants must submit their work by the deadline listed in the Challenge in order to be considered for payment.
  • Failure to submit your work on time may affect your eligibility for future Challenges.


More Information

For detailed information about the rules, judging criteria, and best practices please visit the Challenge Board Info & Rules post.