A game jam is a great way to get developers together for an event or cause. We were the first site to allow anyone to create a customized game jam with just a few clicks. The premise is simple: create a page and bring together developers to participate in a community and submit a game within the designated time limit. Game jams are a big part of itch.io so we're always listening to the feedback and improving how our jams system works. Here's the latest set of updates that we hope you enjoy! If you have any suggestions feel free to leave a comment.
We've renamed the "Admins" section to "Contributors" to better reflect the new functionality. The admins section previously allowed you to give people permission to edit your jam. Now, when adding a contributor, you can select from a list of different permissions for each account:
You can combine them as you see fit, for example, if you need someone to be displayed as a host but they don't need access to edit the page then just select the "Host" option.
Ranked jams are special jams that allow for people to vote on the submissions based on a set of special criteria. We've added a new rating mode, judges only, that lets only those marked as judges vote. Combined with the new Judge contributor type listed above, you can give rating access to a list of approved accounts only. You can find the new rating mode on the jam's edit page. Additionally, judges have a special ability for the other rating modes: they can always vote on entries regardless of whether they've submitted to the jam.
The comments area on a jam submission page is a great way to give feedback about a particular entry. It was also implemented well before we had the more fully featured commenting system for project pages. We've brought over the new system to all jam entry pages. All entries now have the functionality you're familiar with such as nested replies, avatars, reports, blocking, and notifications.
Over 3,000 jams have been created on itch.io, resulting in over 15k games. Every week there are a handful of new and interesting jams. We're starting a new email digest highlighting our picks. We'll send out a semi-weekly email to anyone who has opted in from their account settings page.
P.S. Looking to host a game jam? Head here: https://itch.io/docs/creators/...