Byte-le Royale is a 24 hour programming competition where competitors in teams of up to 3 write an AI to play a video game. The teams will be competing against each other to see who can create the best AI!


Friday, February 7th at 6:00 PM to Saturday, February 8th at ~8:00 PM


Quentin Burdick Building, Room 104


Anyone can compete, as long as you are in a team of 3 or less. To keep things fair, non-students are not eligible for prizes and are not considered in the final rankings.


Stand firm with your team as you plan your every move! Prove to your fellow competitors that you intend to thrive greater than any other in this harsh and unforgiving world!

Once the event starts, you will have 24 hours to write an AI capable of standing the test of time. Never forget that sleep, planning, and analytical skills are essential to resource management. Get plenty of sleep!

Controlling your agent will be as simple as using a basic Python API, which will allow you to take various actions in the game world.

To be prepared for the competition, make sure to have Python 3.7 installed on your computer. We will be able to provide limited aid installing Python on Windows and Linux. While it may function, we do not support Mac, and cannot provide any assistance (though look into Mac's homebrew application). We will not be able to provide computer facilities, so please bring your own.

Here is a link to the documentation for this year's game.


This is a meritocracy, so of course we have prizes. We will be offering prizes to the top three teams who compete.

This year we have collected $550.58 for prizes. We will be splitting the prizes 55%, 30%, 15%.

First Place:

$100.93 per person

Second Place:

$55.05 per person

Third Place:


We are able to offer prizes thanks to the following businesses and people:

Anne Denton: $300
Jayme Pfeifer: $100
Ajay Brown: $97.78
Anonymous: $35
Rollover from last year: $21

Interested in donating to the event? Please email acm@ndacm.org
We are a non-profit and can provide receipts for your charitable donation.
You can also make a donation here over PayPal.




Registration opens.


Opening Ceremony. Competition Starts.


Food ticket purchase cutoff.


Food Ticket: Goody-Bags Avaliable


Bott-le Royale.



Food Ticket: Bagel Breakfast


Food Ticket: Sandwich Lunch


Competition End, Submission Deadline


Food Ticket: Pizza Time!


Closing Ceremony

RSVP and Food Tickets


In order to better judge how many people will be attending, we would like to encourage everyone who plans on attending to RSVP. Attendance of the event is 100% free. We will, however, be offering a food ticket package. Additionally, to save time, you can RSVP up to three people (the max number of people in a team) at one time.

Food Tickets

At the event on Friday, we will be selling food ticket packages. The price of this food ticket is $15. This food ticket package will include 4 food tickets redeemable for the three meals listed on the schedule, as well as a goody bag that may consist of: Chips/Crackers, Candy bars, Cans of Pop, Cookies. All perfect things to keep your blood-sugar levels high, and keep you pumped up.

Our intent is not to make a profit, so all money not spent on meals will go towards filling those goody-bags. They'll be pretty beefy this year!

Competition Results

2020 results

Team Name Mean score Median score Combined score Best run score
Wise Slimes 1323.52 1303 1313.26 1663
noML 1317.68 1308 1312.84 1663
gorrister 1195.72 1164 1179.86 1437
OwO Ma-Moe Chandelier 1183.92 1153 1168.46 1514
Team 2 1173.08 1161 1167.04 1376
Heckerman 1063.12 1149 1106.06 1453
YOLO I'm Going Solo 1047 1063 1055 1303
__________ 987.72 1015 1001.36 1285
Dislocated Artists 718.68 843 780.84 1050
High Ground 761.56 792 776.78 1099
Secret Band 519.44 558 538.72 748

Competing teams were judged on a combined score, which was the average of the mean
score and the median score after 25 runs.

Previous games

Byte-le Royale had its first game in 2018, and it has returned yearly to test students with new challenges. Each new problem inspires creative solutions and cooperation to refine solutions.

Here are some of the previous games.


Dungeon Delvers

Guide your team of adventurers through dark dungeons full of traps and monsters to gather treasure! Choose your path, upgrade your equipment and look for monster weaknesses. Just watch out for the falling ceiling!



Market Space

Fly your ship through the sector to mine, trade, or attack other players! Money is all that matters in the end, so do whatever it takes to be the richest!



Disaster Dispatcher

You have just been elected the mayor of your city! Unfortunately, this city is rife with disasters - natural and otherwise. Use your population's manpower and mayoral decrees to keep your city from crumbling.