Submission open from 2018-03-17 09:00:00 to 2018-03-31 09:00:00
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Welcome to the Meta Game Jam, where you create a metagame in two weeks!

You can form teams easily on our CrowdForge page.

What are 'meta' games?

Simply put, metagames are games about games. More specifically, metagames are games that:
    • comment on / deconstruct / parody / satire game design, game mechanics, games development, or game culture; and/or
    • heavily feature the use of meta-references (such as breaking the fourth-wall) or other metafiction elements; and/or
    • provide a level of abstraction above an existing 'game' (e.g. gamification, ARGs, analysing opponents/strategies in esports)

See below for a list of examples and further resources!

Discord and Twitter:

  • Come join our official Discord server (for this jam and future jams), because game jams are more fun when there's a community!
  • Follow the official Twitter account @MetaGameJam and make your tweets with the hashtag #MetaGameJam :)
  • You can also follow my personal twitter @XavierEkkel if you have any questions or just because you like living life on the edge.


  • ~$100 in game prizes to top entries and to those who give great feedback in the voting period!
  • A special role in our Discord server!
  • Lots of feedback from other participants and YouTubers/streamers (see below)!
  • Most importantly, the satisfaction of finishing an awesome movie-based game!


  • Max team size is 4
  • Games must be entirely free to play until the end of voting
  • Accessible formats (web and/or Windows) and inputs (mouse and keyboard) preferred
  • Shorter experiences recommended

Voting categories:

There will be two weeks of public voting after submissions closed on the following categories:

  • Overall
  • Meta-ness
  • Innovation
  • Fun
  • Humour
  • Audio
  • Aesthetics

Don't forget to leave feedback on any game you rate! It's more helpful than just a number, and it helps them find your game :)
Note: you don't have to aim to score well in each category (e.g. a serious metagame is also fine!).


If you are a YouTuber or Twitch streamer interested in playing the games from this game jam, I can add you to a list in this section so participants and onlookers can easily find your content! If interested, please tweet me or email me.

Official List (so far) of Streamers / YouTubers awaiting your entries:


Can I start thinking of ideas ahead of time?
Yes! Just don't start making the actual game until the start time, and remember to scale back your ideas!

What platform should I create my game for?
You are allowed to create a game for any platform; however, it is highly recommended that you create a game for the browser and/or as a Windows executable (Mac and Linux versions are a bonus - the more platforms, the better). Games created only for other platforms are less likely to be played by our YouTubers/streamers and other participants, and will receive less feedback and ratings as a result.

Do I have to use all 14 days?
Not at all! Two weeks simply allows more people to participate, and allows participants to work on the game at their own pace (rather than a 72-hour crunch). It is expected that some games will be completed entirely in 1 or 2 days, whilst some will be completed in stages throughout the week.

Can I use other peoples' work in my game?
We do not take responsibility for any unauthorised uses of other peoples' work (e.g. music, sound, art) and any consequences that may result from its use. Please use work that you are authorised to use or that you created from scratch yourself.

Do I keep the rights to my game?
Yes! You keep the rights to everything you create for this game jam.

Is there any restriction on game engines?
Nope! You are free to use whichever game engine you like - including your own custom-built engines - as long as you create your game-specific code and assets from scratch.

Where can I read more about metagames?

What are some examples of metagames?