This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-06-30 14:00:00 to 2021-08-31 14:00:00. View 34 entries

Yaoi Game Jam is a two month long jam running from July 1st to September 1st (AEST), dedicated to making games 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 first inspired by Yuri Game Jam, which first ran in Fall 2015.

You can view games from previous years here: YaoiJam2020,  YaoiJam2019YaoiJam2018YaoiJam2017YaoiJam2016 

Rules for YaoiJam2021:

  1.  Your game must focus on queer relationships between men OR the queer male experience. This includes: gay, bi, trans, non-binary, aro, ace, pan, any male-identified LGBTQIA characters.
  2. This is an inclusive jam and anyone can join. Although uncomfortable subjects can be explored, please be considerate of the themes/material used, and fellow creators/players. Remember to appropriate tag your games. Entries that promote bigotry (i.e transphobic/racism) are not allowed.
  3. You may only begin actual production of your game once the jam starts (July 1st). This means you may not start writing, coding, creating sprites, backgrounds, CGs, music or other assets for the game beforehand. You may however brainstorm, search for resources, or gather a team together before the jam starts in order to prepare.

FAQ:

  • I can't start making my game before the jam starts? What can I do instead?

You may wish to use this time to brainstorm ideas for your project, draft up character designs or concept art, 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. 

  • Do I need to make my assets from scratch, or can I use pre-made/CC/paid assets?

No, you don't need to make your assets from scratch unless that is something you wish to do.  You can use pre-made, recycled,  CC, newly commissioned, paid etc assets. If using CC/paid assets, be sure to abide by the asset's licensing.

  • Can I submit my Yaoi Jam entry into multiply jams?

Yes. As long as your project abides by all the rules in each game jam you wish to submit to.

  • Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes. 

  • Can my entry be about characters that aren't male or in queer relationships?

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. 

  • Can I submit a NSFW entry?

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.

  • Is there a discord?

Yes. There is a dedicated YaoiJam channel in the Boys Love VN Development server, found here.


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.

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A short and sweet BL story.
Visual Novel
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A short horror parody game that takes a quip at a common BL trope
Adventure
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reconnect with a trans friend you haven't seen in years
Visual Novel
this world is no comfort to either of you.
Visual Novel
A short BL Visual Novel about romance and pirates. Spanish and English available.
Visual Novel
Adrian's new job is one he's not thrilled about, Personal Assistant to the stars of Heart Agency.
Visual Novel
A space cadet does some soul-searching...
Visual Novel
Walk on memory lane with Koi, who knows what you might discover...
Role Playing
A short, fragile moment between a badly injured man and the stranger who came to his aid.
Visual Novel
Join Douya on his journey to find the Golden Scroll and perhaps even true love along the way! For 16 and up audiences.
Visual Novel
When the rejected love interests of another game get together, they experience a cute and wholesome first date.
Visual Novel
A fantasy Boys Love Visual Novel about dark elves!
Visual Novel
Short visual novel with a lion protagonist
Visual Novel
Sharing a spaceship with his worst enemy </3
Visual Novel
Two gays wander around an island and talk non-stop
Interactive Fiction
A FREE YAOI visual novel that will have you begging for more!
Visual Novel
a free bl xianxia 。
Visual Novel
Side story to Horny Hell webcomic created for Yaoi Game Jam 2021
Visual Novel
The yaoi game in the adult camp
Visual Novel
​A reaper meets a lost soul who refuses to answer the bell's toll.
Visual Novel
Why have you come to this place?
Visual Novel
You go to the men's lounge, looking for anything to fill you - even smoke.
Interactive Fiction
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A 1980s rock-and-roll riff on parts of the Iliad, in visual novel form.
Visual Novel
A novel about school relationships. What if one day memories from the past come to life and strike you like a flash?
Visual Novel
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A short Xianxia inspired BL made for Yaoijam 2021
Visual Novel
Stories revolving around the guests of a mysterious tea shop and its owner.
Visual Novel
Follow Daniel through his grief, while coming to terms with your own...
Visual Novel
A Love Triangle Tragedy
Visual Novel
What happens when he gets caught in a honey trap of his own making?
Visual Novel
Short voiced yaoi historical VN fangame in Touhouverse
Visual Novel
Converse like a pro.
Visual Novel
A Sad yoai story
Visual Novel