Industry Talent Game Jam Returns For Summer 2021
The jam kicks off at 19:00 this coming Sunday July 11th 2021 and runs for two weeks in total (with the second week reserved for testing, debugging and polish), ending at 11:59am on July 17th 2021.
Who can join the jam?
Anyone can enter! The jam is open to developers from every part of the world, of any age. Games Jobs Live allows both teams and solo developers. The organisers suggest teams have no more than six members, just to keep the management simple and ensure the focus is on the game, rather than managing the team.
Is there a theme for the jam?
The GJL team is looking for suggestions. Entrants can suggest themes as part of their application. The organisers will pick their favourite from those submitted.
What tools are allowed?
There are no restrictions on the tools, technologies, software, platforms, asset packs, or other development resrouces developers can use. However, it’s up to the developers to ensure that they have the legal right to use them. Developers will be asked upon submission to declare the tools and assets used to build their submission. However, the developers encourage entrants to build as much from scratch as they can, as that really fits the spirit of the game jam.
The projects need to run on Windows or browser. Developers can support other platforms, but one of those two mandatory platforms are required for submission (it also enables a much wider audience play every game).
On submission, developers will be asked to provide a link to download and inspect the project’s source code. While that’s not part of the official evaluation process, some judges may wish to do so to explore particularly fine code, or make sure they understand how a specific part of the game works.
Rating & Judging
The rating period will last two weeks: only submitters can vote during the first. These votes will rate the games in terms of Overall, Visuals, Fun, and Sound. The first criterion is about the overall experience and enjoyment, the others are quite self-expressed. During the second week, our industry partners will jump in to provide their evaluation. It will be exposed through the “Judge’s pick” categories, which are:
- Best Use of Theme
- Most Fun
- Technical Accomplishment
- Most Commercially Viable
- Best Use of Audio
- Best Original Audio
- Best 2D Art
- Best 3D Art
- Best Game Design
- Best Level Design
- Best Story
- Best Solo Game
As always, Games Jobs Live has assembled a crack team of judges, drawn from some of the world’s leading game development studios and publishers.
The Game Parade Summer 2021 Jam includes judges from:
- Ant Workshop
- Hyper Luminal Games
- Just Add Water
- Ninja Kiwi
- Rivet Games
- Pocket Sized Hands
- …and many more
Every game and content submitted is the property of the team which created it. Game Jobs Live will never claim any ownership. But by taking part developers give permission to Games Jobs Live to show any submission in YouTube etc videos and livestreams.
Games Jobs Live has created an official Game Parade Discord server you may want to join to look for teammates or have confrontation and support during before and during the jam. Here’s the link: Games Jobs Live Discord . You’ll find channels for DevLogs and Post Mortems: GJL encourages teams to write a daily progress report to underline the challenges and the solutions each team applied, sharing how the team is working and how it overcomes any obstacle or issue.
The more you share, the greater the insight the judges and organiser will have into each project and the creative and technical skills of every participant.
For more information and to sign up for Game Parade Summer 2021, visit the Game Parade page on Itch.io.