Climate Change Video Game Jam 2024
Join our first annual national climate change video game design competition!
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No experience is needed for this Jam! We encourage teams that include developers, artists, and climate scientists!
Games will be evaluated by a panel of judges including game design experts, creative writers & artists, and oceans and climate scientists. The top games in each category will receive cash prizes. The top 2-3 games in each category will be made available for the public to play at the University of Delaware e-sports arena; they will also be hosted online and used in teaching demos over the next year (with credit to the developers). Developers retain all rights to their game; we only have the ability to play and use games for purposes of judging, advertising, and education with attribution.
Games may be submitted by individuals or teams. We encourage teams to include climate or marine scientists and game developers. *RELEVANCE TO THEME IS CRITICAL FOR THIS JAM* All team members must be enrolled part-time or full-time in a United States two- or four-year college undergraduate or graduate program. You can absolutely design a game solo if you like, but climate change involves many different angles, so we also encourage collaboration. Only one person needs to join itch.io to submit the game. Others may be tagged as collaborators.
Stay tuned for details about the high school division!
Coming soon! Check out Itch.io for general submission rules and requirements.
Funding for this Jam is provided by the National Science Foundation and the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation as part of their support for UN Ocean Decade Champions program, and by the Mangone Climate Change Science and Policy Hub, University of Delaware College of Arts and Sciences, College of Earth Ocean and the Environment, and the Delaware Sea Grant. Dr. A.R. Siders is the University of Delaware oceans champion organizing the Jam, along with a team of contributors from across the University of Delaware, including the Disaster Research Center Coastlines and People Hub, the Game Studies and eSports program, and Delaware eSports. Alex Irwin and Isabella Andres have been critical in organizing the Jam. Thanks to Nicholas Bezio and Macsen Evans for creating our graphics, and thank you to all those who have contributed their time and energy to make this happen.