Indie Speed Run, a 48-hour game jam featuring random themes and cash prizes, will have game developer celebrities on their judging panel this year. Teams of four are allowed to enter the competition (provided they pay the $25 entry fee) to get their game judged by industry professionals and possibly win cash prizes.
The $25 entry fee deters pranksters and keeps the themes random. As posted on their FAQ page, “…it helps us keep the ‘jokesters’ and spammers out. It also protects our process of assigning individuals a random theme and element, without allowing multiple re-registration ‘rerolls.'” After the competition, all games will be available on the website to play for free, and “a good portion” of the entry fee money will be donated to The Make-A-Wish Foundation.
All 14 judges included on the panel are listed below:
- Peter Molyneux (Fable, Godus, Curiosity, Black & White)
- Markus ‘Notch’ Persson (Minecraft)
- Suda51 (No More Heroes, Killer7)
- Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island, The Cave)
- Brian Fargo (Fallout, Wasteland)
- Kim Swift (Portal, Quantum Conundrum)
- Dan Pinchbeck (Dear Ester, Amnesia)
- Matthew Davis and Justin Ma (FTL)
- Trent Oster (BioWare co-founder, Baldur’s Gate)
- Brian Provinciano (Retro City Rampage)
- Jason Rohrer (Castle Doctrine)
- Ian Dallas (Unfinished Swan)
- Andrew Spinks (Terraria)
Any team can enter by September 30th to be a part of the jam. The prizes are $2,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. You can check out all the info you need to enter on their website, and follow the folks behind Indie Speed Run on Twitter.