Name Sign Contest Comic [Image description: At top, Deafverse logo with “Name Sign Contest” in a box to the right. Below that, three illustrated comic panels. First panel: Justin is looking at Catbot while signing “name”. He says: “Catbot, I can’t think of a name sign for Deafverse!” Catbot briefly contemplates this. Second panel: Catbot exclaims: “I have an idea!” Third panel: Catbot suggests: “Why don’t we have a name sign contest?” prompting Justin to exclaim, “Yeah!”]

The entry period has ended. Check back here for information on the winner.

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It’s been tough lately, hasn’t it? The coronavirus has affected how we go to school, hang out with friends, and everything we do. But Deafverse can be a way for you to battle boredom at home, learn new skills, build confidence, and stay connected with other deaf players.

You know what, though? We’ve been playing Deafverse for a while now, and we’re getting tired of fingerspelling D-E-A-F-V-E-R-S-E every time we want to talk about the game. We need you to help us invent a sign that represents Deafverse! Get creative and you’ll get a chance to win some cool prizes, and you never know, you could connect with other players while you’re at it!

Get the latest updates by following Deafverse on Instagram and Facebook, or check back here.

Grand Prize Information [ID: Title: “GRAND PRIZE”. Bulleted list: “Become a character in the game for World Two! Get yourself drawn by Carlisle Robinson, deaf cartoonist! Be part of the story told by our narrator, Justin Perez! Asterisk: Finalists will get a Deafverse swag bag. Questions? Contact us at [email protected]”]


National Deaf Center (NDC) will collect all videos for judging and review them. The winner will be selected by a committee of community members at NDC.

We are only able to accept videos sent by players who are 18 or younger.

More About Deafverse

For deaf middle and high school students, there are very few accessible online games or resources. That’s why Deafverse, the first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) accessible online game for deaf teenagers, is the go-to game for at-home learning.

Launched in 2019 by a team of deaf creators and educators at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, Deafverse is a free, choose-your-own-adventure game that is equally focused on skill-building and fun. It is specifically designed for deaf players to experience first-person gameplay through different worlds.

Ready to play? Here are five tips to make the most of Deafverse for deaf students learning at home.

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Terms and Conditions

  1. The Deafverse Name Sign Contest (“contest”) is conducted by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (“NDC”) in Austin, Texas, from May 11 to May 18, 2020.
  2. All contest entries must be submitted via a public video from a public Facebook or Instagram account by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 18, 2020.
  3. Contest entries must include:
  4. Video with entrant’s first name, your suggested name sign for “Deafverse”, and why that name sign should be used for “Deafverse”.
  5. In the post or caption for the video, tag @Deafverse and add the hashtag #IntoTheDeafverse.
  6. Only one entry per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. There is no entry fee or purchase required to enter. By entering this contest, the entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  8. The contest is open to residents of the United States and its territories who are 18 years old or younger. Entry submissions are allowed on behalf of the contestant from a parent, guardian, or school via their account on Facebook or Instagram.
  9. Employees, contractors, vendors, and funders of NDC and their close family members are not allowed to participate in the contest.
  10. Upon entering the contest, contestants consent to:
  11. Follow-up via direct message on Facebook or Instagram to verify identity, confirm submission details, or notify of winning or finalist status.
  12. Reposting of their submission on Facebook and Instagram by NDC’s accounts (@deafverse and @nationaldeafcenter) and used in other marketing or promotional materials, including but not limited to websites and emails.
  13. All contestants release NDC, its funders, Facebook, and Instagram from any liability from participating in the contest.
  14. The contest follows all of the policies and guidelines set forth by Facebook and Instagram and is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with them.
  15. NDC reserves the right to disqualify entries if the social media account appears to be fraudulent or falsified, the account owner appears to be older than 18 years old and does not belong to a parent or a guardian, or the entrant or account is not based within the United States or its territories.  
  16. Contest entries will be judged by the Deafverse team at NDC. The winner and finalists will be determined by criteria based upon the values that Deafverse embodies: Creativity, decisiveness, and inclusivity. They will be contacted and announced before June 15th, 2020.
  17. No monetary prizes will be awarded. The winner will be awarded with being portrayed as a Deafverse World Two character with their cartoon likeness and first name. Finalists will receive a package of stickers and other promotional items. If the winner rejects their prize, a substitute winner will be selected among the finalists.
  18. The contest winner or their parent or guardian is required to sign an NDC media release form, should they choose their character to be in their likeness and first name. The winner can opt out of the media release form if they choose to create a fictional character instead.

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