Game Jolt, Invest Qatar, Quest Esports, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Games have collaborated to support digital innovation in the gaming sector by launching the ‘World Cup Game Jam’.
The contest offers developers from all over the world an opportunity to showcase their talents by creating and submitting games themed around the World Cup. The development portion of the game jam starts at midnight, on October 14, and participants will have until the 24th to create and submit their games.
Winners will be mentored by the likes of Numbase, Plug and Play, Invest Qatar, Yalla Play, and Riot Forge before pitching their games to a panel of publishers for the possibility of further funding. The first-place winner will receive $20,000, followed by $5,000 for the second place, and $3,000 for the third-place winner.
While Game Jolt has been hosting game jams since 2009, partnering with the likes of publishers, sponsors, and investors has allowed bigger cash prizes, as well as opportunities to become a regular offering.
Mentorships with game industry thought leaders, home page features on, and even publishing deals are among the rewards available to game developers and creators who participate.
Past game jams hosted on Game Jolt have featured high-profile mentors, publishers, and investors, such as 505 Games, Team17, Griffin Gaming Partners, Xsolla, and Dreamhaven, among many others.
“It’s inspiring to see Qatar embrace the games industry while highlighting and rewarding creators from the Middle East. At Game Jolt, our team is excited to continue supporting a diverse range of creators and giving them the platform to voice their own stories,” said Yaprak DeCarmine, CEO of Game Jolt.
In addition to the cash prize, mentorship, and opportunity to pitch for further funding, the winning games will get featured in a live-streamed playthrough on Game Jolt with the professional esports team the Ooredoo Thunders.
Join the World Cup Game Jam community on Game Jolt to follow along with upcoming announcements, registration information, and the rules at
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