World's first online game jam gets big name judges

Notch, Ron Gilbert, Kellee Santiago on panel for $2,500 prize

Indie Speed Run, the world's first online game jam, has just revealed the impressive line up for its judging panel, which features seven big name developers.

The panel features Markus “Notch” Persson, Kellee Santiago, Ron Gilbert, Trent Oster, Dino Patti, Jason Rohrer, Vander Caballero and Zero Punctuation's Ben "Yahtzee" Crowshaw and the game jam starts today. It's open to students, professionals and amateurs alike, all who get 48 hours to make a game. The event will run until January 6, and there's a grand prize of $2,500 on offer.

“We've always loved the innovation and creativity that comes out of game jams,” said Indie Speed Run co-founder Michael Kayatta.

“But it's hard asking people from around the world to be in the same place on the same day. That's why we made Indie Speed Run exclusively online, with a 48-hour countdown timer that can be started at a time that works for the developer, not just the jam. We also wanted to reward creators by putting their work in front of the industry's top minds, and incentivise them with money can be used to further develop their ideas.”

Interested parties should check out the official site for more information, and the winner will be announced February 5.

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Steve Nicholls Programmer 4 years ago
All those rich guys and 2.5 grand prize...and I would say one of those main devs should not be on that panel. Also have you never heard of ludum dare?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Steve Nicholls on 28th November 2012 6:02pm

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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis4 years ago
I had to Moby Games search everyone except Notch and Yahtzee just to figure out who they were :)
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Steve Nicholls Programmer 4 years ago
Its a shame when someone has heard of some youtuber + minecraft man but not Ron Gilbert. Manic Mansion, Monkey island etc?
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Shane Sweeney Academic 4 years ago
You didn't know Jason Rohrer or even Ron Gilbert? o.0
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Antony Cain Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Sunderland College4 years ago
Looks good! It's definitely not the first though (and I can't see that claim on their site)
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Chris Payne Managing Director & Founder, Quantum Soup Studios4 years ago
Eurogamer made the same "world's first" claim, so I suspect it's on the press release. But surprised that the relevant journos hadn't heard of Ludum Dare...or MolyJam...or The Experimental Gameplay Project...or several others...
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Steve Nicholls Programmer 4 years ago
I think its a case of the journos not actually knowing the subject to be honest. Bit sad really.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis4 years ago
@Steve - It is a little but I tend to follow the games and franchises rather than the people who front them.
Only reason I know of Notch is because he was in the news quite a lot. Never played Minecraft though.

Yahtzee, well... He is just Yahtzee and everyone knows of him :)
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