HawaiiCon 2018 Indie Game Jam Contest


What is it?

Indie Game Developers attending HawaiiCon are invited to submit their original game to our Indie Game Jam Contest.

Any type of game can be entered: Video, Mobile, Web, Board, Dice, Card, Tabletop, etc.

Third-party game engines and/or assets are allowed if they are properly licensed — and the total costs for game assets must be under $1,000.

How will games be judged?

Our panel of judges will look at five areas: 

Design - the visual, audio, tactile, and overall “feel” 

Gameplay - the rules, interactions, and overall “fun”

Completeness - the degree of polish and market readiness 

Marketability - can the game generate revenue, is it viral, differentiated? 

Theme - does it fit with HawaiiCon’s theme of Sci-Fi, Science and Hawaii Culture

Games must be stand-alone, not “Mods” or add-ons for commercial games.

Please do not submit games with mature content.

Entrants under the age of 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter.

Entrants are limited to one submission.

How can you submit a game?

There will be an Indie Game Jam entry sheet in the HawaiiCon Game Room beginning at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 13th.

Submissions will CLOSE at 6:30pm, September 13th. Please make sure your game is entered before then.

Beginning at 6:20pm, the judges will ask each entrant to briefly demonstrate their game and answer questions. You must be present in the Game Room to demonstrate your game for judging.

At 7:30pm, the judges will announce a winner and runner up.

What can you win? The winner of the contest will receive a brand new Wacom Intuos Pro model PTH660 Creative Pen Tablet - a wonderful tool for game design and artwork.. Furthermore, the winner will also receive a graphic from HawaiiCon stating "Winner of the 2018 HawaiiCon Game Room Indie Game Jam Contest" that can be applied to any box art.  There will also be prizes for runners up.