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Ark: Survival Evolved Worldwide Mod Contest Starts Today

Ark: Survival Evolved Worldwide Mod Contest Starts Today

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2016Tagged: Gaming, Steam, Windows, Xbox One

Studio Wildcard announced today that the next modding competition for open-world dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved is now open to modders worldwide.

Ark Survival Evolved Worldwide Mod Contest

Calling all modders Past, Present and Future!  Now is your chance to either cash in on the mods you’ve been perfecting or motivate you to create something completely new and unique!  Studio Wildcard is hosting a new mod contest for ARK: Survival Evolved allowing anyone to enter their mods, old or new, under three unique categories for a chance at a massive price pool of over $60,000!

Whether it’s building an entirely new ARK Island or designing a new competitive gameplay mode, Studio Wildcard is looking for fans to submit their entries in one of three categories: ‘Mods’, ‘Maps’ and ‘Total Conversions’. With a total of over $60,000 (USD) in cash up for grabs, it’s time to either cash in on the mods you’ve been perfecting or motivate your team to create something completely unique!


  • Submission: January 14th – March 15th
  • Top Mod Selection in each Category: March 16th – March 17th
  • Public Voting: March 18th – April 1st
  • Winner Announcement: April 15th 


  • Mods: Extensions of current gameplay functionality
  • Maps: These are new ARK's to play on.
  • Total Conversions: These are complete 'overhauls' of the game which change core functionality.

PRIZES– Fifteen (15) prizes will be awarded. 1st thru 5th, places for each category:

  • 1st Place: $10,000 in each category
  • 2nd Place: $5,000 in each category
  • 3rd Place: $3,000 in each category
  • 4th Place: $2,000 in each category
  • 5th Place: $1,000 in each category


  • Upload your Mod to the ARK: Survival Evolved Steam Workshop
  • Include the “Mod Contest Sticker” (download URL) on the main Mod image seen on the Workshop page
  • Officially submit your mod for consideration in the modding contest by filling out this form: (google URL goes here).


Studio Wildcard will select 5-10 submissions they consider high quality in each category to be voted on by the community.

40% of the judging score will be calculated by the community through a public vote.  60% of the judging score will done by the ARK: Survival Evolved development team.


This will be done publicly through the forums. 


This will be done by select expert judge(s) on the Studio Wildcard team.  They will award scores (1-100) in three categories:

  • Originality/creativity
  • Overall graphical or functional quality/polish
  • Entertainment value (how fun is it to play/use?)


Also newly added to the world of ARK this week are the first two prehistoric creatures of 2016! PC players can now add the excrement-eating Dung Beetle and the protective Dimetrodon to their cache of dino defenses. 

ARK Dung Beetle & Dimetrodon Spotlight 

To start developing your ARK mod, use the ARK Dev Kit, a streamlined version of the UE4 Editor, to simplify the creation and sharing process of ARK: Survival Evolved which is available to download now for free via the Epic Games Launcher at All entries must be submitted before March 15, 2016, and the winners in each category will be announced on April 15, 2016. The contest objective is to use the Unreal Engine 4 ARK Dev Kit to create a new “Mod”, “Map”, or “Total Conversion” which best exemplifies the judging criteria. To enter the contest and find details on rules and regulations, go HERE.

New Dinos!

Known as everyone’s favorite adaptable carnivore, the Dimetrodon offers players shade during excessive heat and shelter from extreme cold by way of the massive insulating sail running down its back. He is reasonably friendly to survivors and its favorite place to roam is the swamplands that are plentiful with small prey.

Ark Suvival Evolved Screenshot

The Dung Beetle is a wondrous organic biofactory that eats excrement and other useless waste then metabolizes it to produce burnable oil that can power generators and fertilize crops. He is the perfect pet for cleaning up around the tribe’s dirty living quarters! ARK version 232 also adds craftable Beer Kegs for making tasty brew, with various status enhancing effects. But watch out for the subsequent ‘hangover’!

Ark Survival Evolved Screenshot

ARK: Survival Evolved will launch in Summer 2016 on Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, PlayStation 4 with Project Morpheus support, and full release on Steam PC. The game is currently playable in Microsoft’s Game Preview on Xbox One and Steam’s Early Access program, which includes Oculus Rift VR support and an integration of Steam community features such as Steam Economy and Steam Workshop for custom maps and mods. Players can host private/LAN servers and have access to a custom-built version of the Unreal Engine 4 Editor for creating mods. The world of ARK is designed to be modder-friendly and ever-expanding!

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