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Yandex.Games Jam
November 1st 2021 to December 15th 2021

The Defold Foundation and Yandex.Games is hereby inviting Defold developers across the world to join a month long game jam. Developers will be challenged to create a themed web game showing their creative and developer skills as well as a good integration with the Yandex.Games SDK. The proud winner and runner-ups will receive marketing and advertisement for their submitted game, hardware, swag and bragging rights!

Yandex.Games

Yandex.Games is a catalog of browser-based online games that can be played on smartphones or desktop devices and require no installation. Yandex.Games is the home of several succesful games made with Defold. Here's a selection of games:



Word Search: Connect Letters

By OpenMyGame



Look Your Loot

By Dragosha



Fruit Mahjong

By Potato Jam




Theme: Target

The theme for this game jam is "Target". You must incorporate some aspect of the theme into your game, and it will be part of the judging criteria for the "Defold's Choice" category (see below). Remember that the word target can mean much more than the literal target of an arrow or a gun. It could just as well be a target number or score or some other goal or objective you need to achieve to complete a level.

Rules

  • You must create an original game for the game jam and you must develop it during the game jam.
  • You must incorporate some aspect of the theme in the game.
  • You must use the Defold game engine when you create your game.
  • You are allowed to use existing tools, frameworks and libraries when creating the game.
  • You are allowed to use free or paid graphics, sounds and music that you already own.
  • You must integrate and use the Yandex.Games SDK in the game.
  • You can create the game on your own or as part of a team.

Winners

People's Choice

The games were ranked based on the average star rating given by the players.


  • 1st place - Bragging rights, €100 Steam Gift Card and Defold merchandise
  • 2nd place - Bragging rights, €75 Steam Gift Card and Defold merchandise
  • 3rd place - Bragging rights, €50 Steam Gift Card and Defold merchandise
  • 4th-10th place - Bragging rights, €20 Steam Gift Card and Defold merchandise

Yandex' Choice

Yandex ranked the games based on how well the games perform on the Yandex platform.


  • 1st place - iPhone 12 128 GB, Featuring and advertising of your game, worth $1500
  • 2nd place - iPhone 12 128 GB, Featuring and advertising of your game, worth $1000
  • 3rd place - iPhone 12 128 GB, Featuring and advertising of your game, worth $500
  • 4th-10th place - Featuring and advertising of your game, worth $200

The games will be advertised in Yandex advertisinig channels.

Defold's Choice

The Defold Foundation ranked the games based on technical excellence and theme usage.


  • 1st place - PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch console, Assortment of game keys, 4 hours of one-on-one Defold support
  • 2nd place - PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch console, Assortment of game keys, 3 hours of one-on-one Defold support
  • 3rd place - PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch console, Assortment of game keys, 2 hours of one-on-one Defold support
  • 4th-10th place - Assortment of game keys, 1 hour of one-on-one Defold support

One-on-one Defold support - Dedicated time from the Defold team to use for anything related to Defold development.

Examples: Code review of your game. Advice and guidance on how to use Defold. Advice and guidance on how to implement a certain feature in your game.

Disclaimer: The choice of consoles is depending on availability in the location of the winner and at the discretion of the Defold Foundation.

Submitted games

The following games have been submitted to the game jam (updated 2021-12-17):

For an up-to-date list visit the game jam page at Yandex.Games.







Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started with Defold?

Head over to the Learn section of the Defold website. There you will find plenty of tutorials, manuals and examples to get you started.

How many games can I submit?

As many as you want! But we recommend that you focus on quality over quantity!

Is this game jam restricted to Defold developers?

Yes, the game has to be created using Defold.

How do I integrate the Yandex.Games SDK?

A great place to start is to read the Releasing games on Yandex blog post. You can also follow the integration documentation in Yandex.Games SDK for Defold project.

How do you judge technical excellence?

We will look at a number of different things: How well the Yandex.Games SDK is integrated? Does the game show ads when it is supposed to? Does the game behave well in the web browser? Are sounds paused when an ad is shown or the user switches browser tab? Does the game play well on both desktop and mobile? Is the game bug free?

I have more questions!

Great! Join us on Discord, post questions on Twitter or send an email with your question to gamejam@defold.se.

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