Submissions open from 2021-04-13 11:00:00 to 2021-04-26 11:00:00
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Gamedev.js Jam celebrates HTML5 games - build a Web game within 13 days of the jam on a given theme (revealed at the start), it runs between April 13th and 26th. Also, there are prizes!

Theme

Theme for this year's jam will be announced on April 13th. Remember that your entry will be judged based on how well you implement the theme, but you can interpret it however you like.

Participating

Join us no matter your skill level - this game jam is a perfect opportunity to create your very first game, or build a prototype for your next commercial hit. Almost two weeks of development time should be more than enough!

You can use #gamedevjs hashtag on Twitter to share your progress, ask for feedback, see what others are building and hopefully help them out if they need it. There's also a Discord server for direct communication!

Submitting

Submit an HTML5 game between April 13th and 26th 2021. It can be a solo submission, or a team effort. You can even submit more than one entry if you want to.

Voting

Voting will be open to all who submitted a game, and will happen for a week right after the submission period ends - between April 26th and May 3rd.

Games will be voted on based on a given criteria: Innovation, Theme, Gameplay, Graphics, and Audio. The Overall ranking will be based on the summary of those.

Partners

NEAR Protocol, Protocol Labs, Paras, OP Games.

Categories

There are two categories in the Jam: Web Monetization and Decentralized. Both are optional, and the entries submitted to those categories will be judged separately by the panels of experts.

Take part in the Web Monetization category if you'd like to implement Web Monetization API in your jam submission.

Take part in the Decentralized category if you'd like to implement any of the decentralized technologies in your jam submission. Those could be from NEAR Protocol or Protocol Labs (IPFS, Filecoin, etc) if you'd also like to complete any of the challenges, or it can be something else entirely. 

Challenges

Challenges are part of the Decentralized category - there are three to pick from, and you are free to take on any of them, or all at once.

Each and every challenge offers unique prizes, so make sure to check those out.

Prizes

There are three levels of prizes: for all the entries, for specific categories, and for challenges.

Overall prizes

Those prizes will be given to the best entries of the overall ranking on Itch.io:

Web Monetization category prizes

Those prizes will be given to the best entries selected by a panel of experts:

  • 1st place: $300 cash
  • 2nd place: $250 cash
  • 3rd place: $200 cash
  • 4th place: $150 cash
  • 5th place: $100 cash

Every entry can win only one cash prize and one Coil membership per team. Cash is wired through PayPal or bank wire, taxes are paid by the winners.

Decentralized category prizes

Those prizes (including challenges) will be given to the best entries selected by a panel of experts:

  • 1st-10th places: Ledger Nano S
NEAR Protocol challenge prizes
  • 1st place: 225 NEAR (~$1500)
  • 2nd place: 175 NEAR
  • 3rd place: 125 NEAR
  • 4th place: 75 NEAR
  • 5th place: 25 NEAR
  • 6th-10th places: 15 NEAR (~$100)
Protocol Labs challenge prizes
  • 1st place: 8 FIL (~$1500)
  • 2nd place: 6 FIL
  • 3rd place: 4 FIL
  • 4th place: 2 FIL
  • 5th place: 1 FIL
  • 6th-10th places: 0,6 FIL (~$100)
Paras challenge prize
  • 1st place: $500 cash

Winners will also be promoted via our Twitter, on the gamedevjs.com website, and in the Gamedev.js Weekly newsletter.

Rules

The short version is: anything that can run on the Web in a browser without extra plugins is considered a valid jam entry. It's highly advised you create new content for the jam - submitting your old demos or already finished projects makes no sense.

If you have any questions or concerns please ask at the Community forums or join our Discord server.