Welcome to the Spring UE4jam!
We have had TWO YEARS of monthly #ue4jams and now, we're switching things up. This year, we've moved the jam from monthly to quarterly and we're adding 3 specialty categories that teams can win. Our quarterly jams will feature more prizes for the winning teams and more ways to win!
Work alone or with a team (up to 5 members) to make the most incredible project based on the theme in Unreal Engine 4, and submit before the deadline.
- Specific contest rules will be added after the jam's theme is announced.
- All submissions will be featured in a highlight reel posted to our YouTube and shown on Twitch.
With the higher stakes, we're altering the project requirements for this time around. Here's the list of updated requirements:
- The game must include custom gameplay that exceeds that found in Epic Games’ starter templates.
- All art assets in the game must have a material other than the default applied to it.
- Must be packaged for Android (for the Best Mobile Game Specialty Category, unfortunately there are limitations with iOS), Windows or Mac OS. No full, unpackaged projects. VR projects are accepted.
TIMELINE DETAILS AND HOW TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY
In Unreal Engine game jam tradition, we'll be kicking this one off and announcing the theme on the livestream on March 30th at 2PM ET and giving participants a bit more than 3 days to create and submit an awesome game built in the engine. The submission tread will go live and be available just before the theme is announce.
Post the following to the submission thread before the end of April 2nd 12:00 Midnight ET and include this info:
- Link to a download of your game
- Team name
- List of team members
- Name of your submission (Please format it with your team's name attached ex. TeamName_GameName)
- Please remember to rename your project to [Team Name]_[Project Name] ex. TheEpicTeam_AwesomeGame
- List any content that was created before the jam that was included in the final submission.
- This does affect the score, as we judge on what is made during the jam's timeframe. Submitting an entry with pre-made content that is not disclosed may lead to disqualification.
Then, PM me the following information:
- Team Name
- Project Name
- Each Team Member's Real Name
- Each Team Member's Email Address
- Each Team Member's Mailing Address (Not a P.O. box)
- Each Team Member's T-Shirt Size
If the address is not in the United States, please also provide:
Phone number for lost postage reclaim
Tax or VAT number (if applicable)
AWARD CATEGORIES AND PRIZES
A small panel at Epic will judge entries on the following criteria for the 3 Major Categories:
- Unique use of theme
- Fun factor
- Overall Visuals
Additionally there are 3 Specialty Categories:
- Best VR Game
- Best Android Mobile Game
- Best Game Under 100mb
(The judges will be using a Sumsung Galaxy S7 for the Android Mobile category)
The winners of all categories will receive an Epic Swag Box with all sorts of goodies, a "Game Jam Finalist" forum badge, a featured playthrough on the Twitch stream. The winners of the Major Categories will also receive a highlight on Unreal Engine launcher!
All members of the teams who win the Major Categories will receive a 730 Series 2.5 480GB SATA 6Gb/s MLC Solid State Drive provided by Intel's Achievement Unlocked program. Join them and sign up to receive monthly game developer content, special offers, announcements, and news about upcoming events.
In addition to the Epic Swag Box, each member of the winning teams of the Major Categories will be receiving a Houdini license provided by SideFX. Houdini is an amazing tool can be used with UE4 through the official Houdini plugin.
PANDA STUDIOS ASSET SUITE
Winners of all categories will be given a choice of 4 packs from Panda Studios, our first community sponsor! Panda Studios has graciously agreed to provide these excellent tools and content to every winner of Major and Specialty categories.
SMALLHEART STUDIOS ORBIT WEATHER AND SEASONS
Winners of all categories will be given a copy of Smallheart Studios' Orbit Weather and Seasons from the Unreal Engine Marketplace directly into their account. This robust tool allows developers to quickly build time of day, season and weather systems for UE4 projects.
PERFORCE SERVER PROVIDED BY ASSEMBLA
All participants of the UE4jam will be given access to Assembla's platform for game development teams to build iterations of their game using their Perforce repositories. As a project management platform, Assembla is an effective asset to any gaming developer, and we are excited to watch Assembla’s continuing emergence within the game development community. Additional details on how to gain access and utilize the source control will be provided closer to the announcement of the theme.
Assembla is the task and code management tool that enables game developers to manage their entire game project in one place. As the only on-demand Perforce provider in the cloud and the #1 SVN hosting provider in the world, developers all over the world choose Assembla for their high performance and security needs.
In order to streamline the playing, judging, recording, and winners announcement process, we're requesting that teams participating in the jam let us know beforehand in order to prepare appropriately for the event. We'll update the list with links to the games afterwards, too, so everyone can find your title without having to scroll through the whole thread Pre-registration is not required for entry, and we know people will come in later, but it will greatly aid us in turning everything around quickly. We appreciate your help in making this event awesome
Please send me a PM with your team name and number of team members and we'll get you added to the list!
- Lightification (1)
- Cloth Cap Games (1)
- Team Freaking Exhausted (4)
- sleepingdragon (1)
- Unicorns Developers (1)
- For This World (2)
- hippowombat (1)
- Succubi in Hats (1)
- Vhite Rabbit (5)
- 5 Rune Studios (4)
- The Warriors (1)
- A Cat Games (5)
- ProjectPVE (4)
- LaoNiu Studio (1)
- Hammelsmack (1)
- Bizarre Developers (3)
- JK5000 (1)
- Mr.Fox and friends (2)
- Blood For The Blood God, Friendship Is Magic
- Marco Antonio Ortega (1)
- Team Monkey (1)
- Nightjar Jamjar (4)
- teamy mcteamface (1)
- Better Bug Games (2)
Helpful Links for Jamming!
Getting Started Docs
Reduce Your Package Size
Top Tips for Game Jams
Wiki Code Tutorials/Snippets
Tutorials and Guides
Blueprint Getting Started Thread
C++ Getting Started Thread
Unreal Engine's Official Youtube Channel
Peter L Newton's Youtube Channel
TeslaDev's Youtube Channel
Mathew Wadstein's Youtube Channel
Luos' Youtube Channel
Tutorials and Guides
Tutorials by Tom Looman
Blueprint Guides by Romero
Gameplay Guides by Kitatus