Villain’s Lair Challenge

This challenge has now closed!

Judging will begin soon and we will announce winners as soon as we can!

The Theme

This month we challenge you to create a space where evil plans are hatched and devious plots are set in motion: a villain’s lair. Think about who your villain is, where they live and/or work, and what sorts of tools, props, and other items they might have around their space. Tell us a unique story with your scene.

Read on to learn full prize details, how to enter and contest terms & conditions. To give or get feedback on challenge entries, head over to the Sketchfab Forum or Discord. And to see all the entries, check out the tag gallery.

Villain’s Lair (“Contest”) is hosted by Sketchfab Inc (“Sponsor”). The Contest is subject to the Official Contest Rules, available at https://sketchfab.com/blogs/community/official-contest-rules/ (“Official Contest Rules”), and which are deemed incorporated herein by this reference.


Prizes and Winner Notification

First Place Prizes

    • $2000 cash prize
    • 1 year of Sketchfab Premium ($948 value)
    • 1 year of ArtStation Pro ($120 value)
    • $100 ArtStation gift card
    • 50,000 RealityCapture PPI credits ($125 value)
    • $100 credit for the Unreal Engine Marketplace

First place prize approximate retail value (“ARV”): US $3393.00 / €2990.00*

Second Place Prizes

    • $1000 cash prize
    • 6 months of Sketchfab Premium ($474 value)
    • ArtStation: 1 year of ArtStation Pro ($120 value)
    • $50 ArtStation gift card
    • 40,000 RealityCapture PPI credits ($100 value)
    • $50 credit for the Unreal Engine Marketplace

Second place prize ARV: US $1794.00/ €1580.00*

Third Place Prizes

    • $500 cash prize
    • 3 months of Sketchfab Premium ($237 value)
    • 1 year of ArtStation Pro ($120 value)
    • $50 ArtStation gift card
    • 30,000 RealityCapture PPI credits ($75 value)
    • $25 credit for the Unreal Engine Marketplace

Third place prize ARV: US $1007.00 / €887.00*

*Euros conversion provided for informational purposes only, based on exchange rates as of February 15, 2022.

Limit one (1) prize per person or household. All cash prizes will be awarded via PayPal.

Potential winner(s) will be notified on or about April 15, 2022.

Requests to obtain a list of winners may be made by mail and must be postmarked no later than ninety (90) days after the end of the Contest.


Contest Entry Period

Contest begins at 12:00pm Eastern US Time on February 28, 2022 (16:00 Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”) on February 28, 2022) and ends at 11:59pm Eastern US Time on March 28, 2022 (03:59 GMT on March 29, 2022) (“Contest Period”).

During the Contest Period, upload a 3D scene of a villain’s lair (“Submission”) to Sketchfab with the hashtag #VillainsLairChallenge.

You must have or open a free or subscriber account on Sketchfab.

Contest may be entered in or from the Eligible Jurisdictions (as set forth in the Official Contest Rules, available at https://sketchfab.com/blogs/community/official-contest-rules/). Entries originating from any void or prohibited jurisdiction are not eligible for entry.

Limit one (1) entry per person.

If you use concept art to create your work, you must obtain written permission from the concept artist, credit them, and link back to their work.


Judging Panel and Judging Criteria

On or about March 29, 2022, all eligible Submissions will be judged by the following panel of judges:

All Submissions will be judged based on the following equally-weighted judging criteria:

    • Quality
    • Creativity
    • Presentation
    • Adherence to the Contest Theme
    • Effective use of Sketchfab 3D Viewer Settings

In the event of a tie, the tying Submissions will be re-judged with double weight given to “Creativity”.

Sponsor and the information contained on Sponsor’s servers relating to dates and times shall be the sole determiner of the winner(s).


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