SA Game Jam 20 - 22 September 2019

SA GAME JAM is an annual competition sponsored by Free Lives. Our mission is to encourage more South Africans to try their hand at game making, and to support emerging and established developers. A rising tide raises all ships, you know?

Whether you’re a first timer or an old timer, SA GAME JAM is for you!

This year you stand a chance to win one (or more) of eight prizes, valued at a total of R 30 000.

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So here’s what you need to know:

20 - 22 September 2019

The theme is announced on Friday at 18:00 and jamming ends after 48 hours, at 18:00 on Sunday (with two hours grace for submissions). You can also extend you jam to 18:00 on Monday, as long as you stipulate this in your submission.

Anywhere! SA GAME JAM can happen wherever you are. The competition is national, so feel free to enter from all corners of South Africa. If you know of a venue in your city that would be willing to host a couple of developers, why not set up a local hub? (Be sure to let us know about it on the SA Game Jam Discord)

Literally anyone. We’re super excited to welcome new game makers to the competition, so ENTER ENTER ENTER! If you’ve never made a game before, or if you don’t really know how, keep an eye out for our Team Classifieds Discord channel coming soon.

There are four categories that you can participate in. You’ll have to specify which one you would like to be considered for in your entry.
Student (studying full time and have a student card)
Hobbyist (not a student, but don't make games for a living)
Diversity (not a straight, white male) (PM us at the time of submission if you would like to opt into this category)
Overall (open to all)

To enter the competition, you’ll have to start a thread titled “[SA Game Jam 2019] NameOfYourGame" in Make Games SA's “Online Competitions and Jams” category and post your progress there ( Please don't post design ideas and ambitions, posting that won't help you achieve your goals.

As you release files, edit your first post to point to the most recent versions available.
You must include the following info:

Jam name (SA Game Jam 2018)
Project name
Level of experience (Professional, Hobbyist or Student)
48hr entry / 72hr entry

Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with and follow the Make Games forum guidelines! (

Once you are happy with your submission, post a link to your thread in the SA Game Jam Discord

We also want to encourage participants to give feedback on one another’s work, so you’ll only be eligible for prizes if you’ve given feedback on five other games. You’ll have until Thursday, 28 September 2019 to participate in the discussion.

Student, Hobbyist and Diversity category winners will each receive R3000
Best Art R2500
Best Audio R2500
Technical Excellence R2500
Best Narrative R2500
Overall Winner gets R5000

Three entrants will be invited to exhibit at during Playtopia in Cape Town at the end of December (more details on that nearer to the time).

An additional prize of a trip to Playtopia in Cape Town in December will be awarded at the judges' discretion (this includes a flight to Cape Town from anywhere in SA and an entry ticket to the festival, it excludes accommodation)

Competition starts on 20 September 2019
Deadline for entries is 23 September 2019, 20:00 (UTC+2).
You can enter as an individual or as a team.
To be eligible to win any of the prizes, your team has to play and give feedback to five other entries by Thursday, 26 September 2019.
Use whichever language, tool or development system you are comfortable in.
Your game must contain all files needed for it to run and should not require other bulky systems to be downloaded or installed, exceptions are browser plugins like Flash and self-contained DLLs distributed with the game.
While any fixes post-jam will be taken into account, the version submitted at the time of the deadline will be played and judged, so make sure it is PLAYABLE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NOT CONTAINED IN THE GAME.
Competition is open to entry for South African residents over the age of 18.
You retain all copyright to your work.
The illegal use of copyrighted material will not be tolerated. Do not steal!
All risk or liability in case of copyright infringement or other legal issue resides with the entrant, Free Lives and MGSA takes no responsibility for entered games.
The judges’ decision is final and no negotiation will be entered into.

A panel of judges will play all the entries, and winners will be announced by 9 October 2019. The judges and the judging criteria will be announced soon!

Other people will reply to your post with their feedback and ideas. Please do your best to take any and all feedback as positively as you can and use it to make your game better.
Participating by engaging in feedback on your own and other entries will be taken into account.
Fixing / tweaking your own entry based on feedback received will also be taken into account.


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