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The SAND Play Game Jam

The Sandbox is happy to announce its next slam-dunking game design contest — the SAND Play Game Jam.

This Game Jam is brought to you by a partnership between The Sandbox and Round21.

Round21 aims to elevate the sense, originality and creative expression that is found in every person, starting with what is most core to their identity — their sport. Learn more about Round21 by clicking here.

The SAND Play Game Jam

Using The Sandbox’s Game Maker software, you will need to create a sports-related experience, whether it is based on a real sport — modern or past — or something straight out of your creative imagination.

It is also up to you whether the player participates in the sport. For example, you could create a game where the player needs to compete against another team in a sport, a game where the player needs to help manage a sporting event, an educational diorama where the player can learn about a historic sport, and so on.

It is up to you — as long as it follows the sporty theme! Use your creativity to recreate or even reimagine sports in the metaverse. The ball is in your court.

The Prizes

The prize pool consists of a total of 50,000 SAND split the following ways.

  • 1st place: 20,000 SAND.
  • 2nd place: 10,000 SAND.
  • 3rd place: 6,000 SAND.
  • 4th to 10th place: 2,000 SAND each.

The Important Dates

Don’t forget to jog these dates down!

  • The Game Jam begins on the 24th December 2021.
  • The deadline to complete and submit your entry is the 9th January 2022, at 11:59pm UTC.
  • The voting will take place between the 10th and 17th January 2022.
  • The results will be announced on the 29th January 2022.

The Rules

Let’s be sporting about this, please observe these rules.

  • Your entry must be designed in the Game Maker software.
  • Your entry must be centred around the theme of sports.
  • Your entry must have some playability.
  • Your entry must be unique and not a direct copy of any existing sporting games (similarities are fine, exact copies are not!)
  • Spamming the gallery with a number of low quality experiences just to try and fit into the 4th-10th places may result in all your entries being disqualified.
  • The judging will be done externally by a panel of The Sandbox’s staff and Round21’s team.
  • Not completing the submission steps correctly (see below) may result in your entry being ineligible.

Submitting Your Entry

We will be using the Game Maker “Gallery” feature as a form for submissions. You MUST upload your game to the gallery following the GIF tutorial below and using the title: “SAND PLAY GAME JAM — Game Title”

You MUST also submit your game to the following form link

WARNING! If you submit your entry to the Game Jam gallery but do not submit it to the form linked above (or vice versa), your entry will not be eligible!
Slow down — check everything! Sometimes slow and steady wins the race.

Game Jam FAQ

Who can join the Game Jam?

Anyone who is eligible to create an account at The Sandbox can enter the Game Jam.

Are teams or studios allowed?

Yes. You are welcome to work independently or as a team/studio.

Can we use custom ASSETs in our Game Jam entries?

Yes. You can use the VoxEdit software to design your own ASSETs to use in your Game Jam entry.

  • Please apply for artist status if you have not already by filling out this form.
  • You will then need to fill out this form to be able to submit your custom ASSETs for approval.

Please note that the time it takes for your ASSET submissions to be approved depends on several factors, such as The Sandbox team member’s timezones, weekends, public holidays, and workloads. Please bear these factors in mind and make sure you submit your ASSETs at your earliest convenience. Then be patient.

Where can I get the Game Maker and/or VoxEdit from?

Here are the official links:

Where can I find guides for the Game Maker and VoxEdit software?

Check out the tutorials page on The Sandbox’s official knowledge base here: https://sandboxgame.gitbook.io/the-sandbox/other/tutorials.

You can also join our Discord community, where creators often share tips with each other and post their own tutorials. You can also share your entry with the community for feedback, if you wish. The Discord community link is: https://discord.com/invite/cgCFFjj.

Ready? On your marks. Get set. GO! 🏃

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