This jam is now over. It ran from 2020-08-01 01:00:00 to 2020-08-04 00:00:00. View 20 entries

In 48 hours, make a hype game trailer for a fake game.

The jam is over!! Here is what we made:

Awesome lightning talk
keynotes to get you started!

Join us on Discord!!

Q: What is this?
A: The game jam for game trailers! πŸ€©

Q: Why... is this?
A: To realize your crazy game ideas without having to build a full game, and to learn more about marketing and pitching your game ideas!

Q: How do I make my game trailer for a fake game?
A: There are many methods, but here is what I'd suggest:

  1. Brainstorm game ideas.
  2. Form a team! Or join a team.
  3. Write the script. Rewrite the script.
  4. Create the shot list. Create the asset list.
  5. Make all the assets. Fake all the shots.
  6. Get feedback!
  7. Compile the trailer.
  8. Upload the trailer to Youtube + Itchio.
  9. Watch the trailer on Twitch!!

Q: What qualifies as a game trailer?

  • The video should be less than 3 minutes, although ~1 minute is preferred.
  • The video should be uploaded to Youtube, and then linked here on Itchio.
  • The video should try to hype your game idea!
  • The video can be a gameplay reel, a story cinematic, a vlog, a pitch deck, or even just a looping gif.
  • The video can be any aspect ratio, but we encourage a 16:9 ratio for easy sharing.

Q: How do I form a team?
A: Follow the #looking-for-group channel in our Discord! Be sure to post the skills and tools you're most familiar with.

Friday, Kickoff Presentations

At the start of the jam (6pm PDT on July 31st), we'll be hosting the kickoff presentations on Discord! We'll review the rules, share advice, pitch ideas, and form teams. We'll also be announcing the optional secret theme!

Sunday, Final Presentations

At the end of the jam (6pm PDT on August 2nd), we'll be streaming the final presentations at!! We'll run a reel of all the game trailers y'all put together throughout the weekend, and we'll reward accolades to the best submissions.

Judging & Accolades

During the final presentations, our panel of judges will be reviewing the videos, and awarding these accolades. If you win the accolade, you can use it in your game trailer as boasting rights. An honorable mention will also be awarded for each category. If you started the game prior to the jam, you can still share your video in the final presentations, but you won't be eligible for accolades.



Excellence in Conveyance is granted to the game trailers that can effectively communicate their game designs to players. A special consideration is given to the complexity of the game design and the creativity of how it is communicated.

Excellence in Appeal is granted to the game trailers that excel in visuals and audio. A special consideration is given to how the combination of art, music, sound, voice-over, and video editing.

Judge Choice and Audience Choice is granted to the game trailers that make us want the game.

Award Winners

πŸ‘»πŸ  Boo in Town - Honorable Mention for Excellence in Conveyance
πŸ›οΈπŸ†š Mattress Store vs Tiny Harpy Plague - Excellence in Conveyance
πŸ‘§πŸ° Venus Secret - Honorable Mention for Excellence in Appeal
πŸ”₯πŸ‘‘ Tuck & Burn - Excellence in Appeal
πŸ€–πŸ–₯️ Wi-Fight - Honorable Mention for Judge's Choice
πŸ‘»πŸ  Boo in Town - Judge's Choice
πŸ”₯πŸ‘‘ Tuck & Burn - Honorable Mention for Community's Choice
πŸ‘»πŸ  Boo in Town - Community's Choice


For some examples, here is a supercut of videos from Hype Jam 2019!


  • Friday, July 31st
    • 6:00pm PDT / Kickoff Presentations on Discord!!
    • 7:00pm PDT / Brainstorming & Team Forming
  • Saturday, August 1st
    • Jam Jam Jam Jam!!
  • Sunday, August 2nd
    • 5:00pm PDT / Submit your Game Trailer
    • 6:30pm PDT / Final Presentations on Twitch!!


Q: Is it alright to use code/art/designs I started before the jam?
A: For sure! Although depending on how much you're reusing, you may not be eligible for the accolades. When submitting your game, be sure to list what assets you brought into the jam.

Q: When does the jam begin?
A: On Friday July 31st at 6pm in YOUR TIMEZONE. Ignore the timer at the top of this page; you can start on your own clock. To support this, we'll be posting the keynote and theme early.

Q: Is it alright to make a game trailer for a real game?
A: Absolutely! But it wouldn't be eligible for the accolades.

Q: Is there a to-be-announced theme for the jam?
A: We'll be announcing a theme, but it'll be totally optional. (Update: The theme is VS!)

Q: How do I submit my game video?
1: Upload it to Youtube.
2: Create a submission on Itchio. (Click on the red button at the top of the page!)
3: Link your Youtube video to your Itchio submission.
4: (Optional) Post on Twitter using #HypeJam!

Q: Can I contribute to multiple jams?
A: For sure!

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Interactive Fiction
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Game Trailer for a Giant Robot Dating Sim made in 48 Hours
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Help Maurice escape the mysterious planet where he crashed his ship!
Multiplayer Harpy Survival in Mattress Store
Strut your way to the top, manage expectations and SLAY the competition in Queen-to-Queen Roast Battles.
Venus has finally escaped the lab… but someone, is chasing her around the space station. Thanks god, Bunny's here.
A Haunting Trailer for Hype Jam 2020!
Relax and shoot with a cup of coffee
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The Skeleton Party Game of smashing fun!
An AI is born in your machine
Entry for the Hype Jam 2020
The Ultimate Puzzle Game that Crunches your Brain
retake your home, one act of destruction at a time
A Medieval TD Game with a few twists, just a trailer for now.