This jam is now over. It ran from 2022-10-22 13:00:00 to 2022-10-29 15:00:00. View 10 entries
LoJam returns for its 4th year on Saturday October 22nd 2022! This amazing week-long game jam aims to help grow the game development scene in London, Ontario and welcomes all who wish to take part, be they beginners, hobbyists, students, or professionals!
We also believe in the power of video games to help promote and inspire positive causes, and this year we've partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada's Light The Night fundraising event, and encourage all our attendees to join our team page and seek sponsorship from friends and family for participating. We also encourage attendees to consider ways in which their games might further this cause as well.
But ultimately no matter what you build, or how you build it, we hope you'll have an amazing time!
If you haven't already registered to attend, please do so now on our Eventbrite page!
TechAlliance - 333 Dufferin Avenue, Unit A, London, ON. N6B 1Z3 [Google Maps]
Please note: no parking available on site. There is metered parking on Dufferin Ave (and surrounding streets), and an underground Impark lot (City Hall - Lot #32) a two minute walk away.
For 2022 we're trying something new by switching to a week-long format, where we meet over two consecutive Saturdays (as opposed to past years where we've done everything over a single weekend). We've done this partly to better fit in with everyones busy lives, but also because we want to encourage a less crunch-like approach to game dev, as the wider industry is moving to support better work-life balance! So here's how we've broken it down for this year:
Saturday October 22nd:
Day One will primarily be for coming together, forming teams, hearing about the theme and developing an initial concept (we also hope to offer some drop-in sessions from industry mentors). After which you'll have a full week to work on your games, at whatever times and locations best suit you! Note: for those who still want the challenge of building something in under 48 hours, we've kept a separate prize category just for you! Detailed breakdown:
Saturday October 29th:
Day Two will be more for showing off your games! Everyone will get a demo station and we'll do our typical Showcase event during which teams can present their games. After that, everyone will have plenty of time to wander around and play-test one another's games and give feedback. After which we'll present prizes! Detailed breakdown:
You're welcome to use any tools / technologies / game engines you wish, but all assets (code, art and sound) should be created during the game jam (or else should be credited and disclosed on your submission page and during the showcase and play-test session)! Also, be respectful of your fellow jammers - no harassment or divisive behaviour!
One person from each team should create a submission page for their game through this itch.io portal (and each non-submitting team member should register themselves as a co-contributor on their team's page)
You should give your team (and your game!) a name, a description, and please upload at least a screenshot, but ideally a short screen recording of it in action! Consider this your 'gameplay trailer'. We recommend using a free tool such as OBS Studio or FRAPS to perform the screen recording - our volunteers can guide you through this if necessary - but please no longer than 3 minutes! This video will play during the showcase event. Remember, all the other jammers will get a chance to play your game, but this is your chance to 'hook them' and encourage them to come check it out during the play-test session! So be sure to include every aspect of your game that you want to show off!
If you also wish to upload a playable (or downloadable) version of your game that is great! But not required. Any questions about this process please ask one of our volunteers.
We have some amazing prizes to give out this year, including:
And we have multiple prize categories:
This year we're partnering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC), which works to direct crucial funding to those supporting, and researching cures for blood cancers, and encourage everyone to join our team page and seek sponsorship from friends and family for participating (after all, it takes a similar level of determination to compete in a game jam as it does to run 10K!)
We wouldn't be able to run LoJam without the amazing support of our sponsors!
TechAlliance / Apocalypse Studios / XP Game Developer Summit / Digital Extremes / Microsoft / Unity / Doom Turtle / The Mana Lounge / Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
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