Yaoi Game Jam is a two month long jam running from July 1st to August 31st (AEST), dedicated to making games—visual novels in particular—featuring male-identified characters in queer relationships.
Traditionally, the term "yaoi," also known as "boy's love," refers to female-oriented works from Japan, or works inspired by those works, that feature two or more male characters in a romantic relationship. However, this game jam is open to stories about all kinds of relationships between queer-identified men, from platonic to romantic, and everything in-between!
This jam was inspired by Yuri Game Jam, which first ran in Fall 2015.
Updated Rules for YaoiJam2020 (taken from YuriJam and Nanoreno):
You may wish to use this time to brainstorm ideas for your project, draft up character designs or concept art (but not create sprites yet), search for a team to join or gather your own team. You may even wish to learn/practice programming, search for audio tracks you could use, or plan out a list of things to do once the jam starts.
You don't need to make your assets from scratch unless that is something you wish to do. If using CC/paid assets, be sure to abide by the asset's licensing.
Yes. As long as your project abides by all the rules in each game jam you wish to submit to.
Although your entry may have a plethora of diverse characters, it must have a primary focus on queer relationships between male-identified characters (the nature of the relationship can be romantic, platonic, or anything in between). Or it may focus on the experiences of queer males.
Yes. All games should be properly tagged and labelled, if your entry is not appropriate for minors, you must label that in the game's description.
Have a Yaoi game you're already working on? Took part in YaoiJam in previous years but still haven't finished your entry?
This year we have a separate jam specifically for these unfinished games. We're calling it YaoiJam+ (#yaoijamplus). Check it out for more information.