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This is an event in which you'll have 9 days to create games using GDevelop, the free and open-source game engine. Once the submission period is over, your game will get rated by other participants, and you will also get to rate other games. 

The GDevelop Game Jam will be a fun, diverse, and inclusive event in which you'll get to put your skills to the test. There will be participants from all over the world, and you will have the opportunity to chat with other developers, discuss each other's games and of course, create a game from start to finish! 

You need to register for the event right here on itch.io in order to participate. Please also join our Discord server for all information and notifications regarding the jam, and to meet the other participants. 

Whether you finish your game or not, you'll have an amazing experience, learn tons and meet cool people from around the world!


The theme is: Separation


Here are the rules for participating in this event:

  • You must use the GDevelop game engine to make your game. The engine is free and open-source. You can find it on our official website.
  • The games must not include offensive, discriminatory, or NSFW content of any kind. This is an event for anyone and everyone! So don’t be rude. 
  • Games must be submitted through itch.io for rating as well as Liluo.io (see videos below for instructions).
  • Games must be published to be played on browsers (bonus thumbs up for mobile compatibility!), without requiring extra hardware.
  • Any text must be in English.
  • You may team up! And we encourage it. You can find teammates on our Discord server. The maximum number of team members allowed is 4. 
  • The game itself must be made within the jam time period, and you may not submit any work or updates during the voting period.
  • You may use pre-made, publicly available, and purchased assets, as well as GDevelop's built-in asset library, or other assets you have the legal rights to use. Just remember to credit properly. 
  • You can use pre-existing code, extensions, functions. But do not write code specifically for this jam, ahead of time.
Example cases for pre-existing code use

Acceptable use pre-existing code:
-Reuse of UI
-Reuse of private extensions
-Reuse of short snippets of events (Juice effects, for example)

Not acceptable use of pre-existing code:
-Reuse of an existing project with changed art assets
-Reuse of an existing project with minimal changes
-Submission of a project worked on prior to the jam (We can check)


Creating games with other people is a fantastic experience and is also very helpful to reach the end of the jam with a finished game, so do think about teaming up if you haven't. 

If a game is not published on itch.io and Liluo.io (see video below for instructions), participation in the jam will be considered invalid.


All games will be rated in the following categories:

  • Fun & Game Design: Do you want to continue playing? How enjoyable is the game? Is the interface usable?
  • Audio: How nice does the game sound? Does it implement cool music and sound effects?
  • Graphics: How nice does the game look? Is the art nice to look at?
  • Originality & Innovation: How often did you say "Wow! That's unexpected and clever" when playing?
  • Theme: How relevant is the game to the jam's theme?

Don’t worry about this too much, though. The most important thing is that you participate, have fun, and stick to the jam’s theme! Once the submission period is closed, you will have one week to rate other people’s games.


The 10 games with the highest overall scores will be declared Community Winners. All developers involved in creating these games will receive a 6-Month GDevelop Gold membership, a special role on the GDevelop Discord server, and the opportunity to be considered for the Judges’ Awards. Judges' Awards winners can win cash and credit towards the GDevelop Goodies Store, a prize copy of Zorin OS Pro from Zorin, and one of a series of prizes from Poki.

The Judges’ Awards are as follows:

1st Place:

  • $100 USD + $50 goodies store credit.
  • A copy of Zorin OS Pro.
  •  Feature on Poki (including $500 [UA budget]) + Poki swag.

2nd Place:

  • $50 + $50 USD goodies store credit.
  • Feature on Poki (including $250 [UA budget]) + Poki swag. 

3rd Place:

  • $50 USD goodies store credit.
  • Poki goodie bag + 1 entry ticket to a gaming event in 2023.

4th Place:

  • $30 USD goodies store credit.

5th place prize:

  • $30 USD goodies store credit.


([UA budget] refers to a user acquisition budget, for marketing the game with Poki)

We'll look at the community's most voted games to decide the winner - though if there is a hidden gem in the rest, we might pick it to be in our winner list!

Finally, The Nathalie Lawhead Award recepient will be chosen by our guest judge and will receive a 6-month GDevelop Gold subscription as well as $40 of in-store credit at our goodies store. 


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Payment Details

Payment of the prizes will be made via PayPal. If the winner(s) do not possess a valid PayPal account, we will do our utmost to accommodate other payment methods. If you win, you can also choose not to claim the prize and instead give it to a charity of your choice.

FAQ

- Do we need to make the game playable on itch.io & liluo.io?

Yes, you need to upload your game to itch.io for scoring to take place, and we also ask everyone to publish on Liluo (as this is the recommended place for GDevelop games and get feedbacks from the community in the future). Publishing on itch.io and liluo.io is a requirement for this jam. 

- How long will we have the Winner role on Discord for?

You'll get "latest jam winner" for a few weeks and then "Past jam(s) winner" for life!

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