March 21st, 2012 | By Chris Priestman
Indie Game Development India (InGDIn) have announced that the next Build Your Own Game jam will take place across April 14th-15th and will favor development using HTML5.
Celebrating Indian indie game development since July 2010, the Build Your Own Game (BYOG) 48 hour “sprint” has become a staple of the InGDIn’s cause, which is of course to provide a community and resource for any indie game developers around India. They’ve just announced the fifth BYOG and with this one they’re promoting the ease of use that HTML5 gives small developers.
It reads in the blog post:
“[HTML5] is also feasible for anyone with a game idea to pick up HTML5 and associated technologies and build a prototype, even if they are new to programming… HTML5 is supported across devices and, thus, a game written in HTML5 will have greater reach. There also exist a number of marketplaces that serve as a wonderful avenue to publish games made in HTML5.”
BYOG with HTML5 will require no meetup so you can create your game from the comfort of your own home, or where ever you feel comfortable really. The jam itself will be held for 48 hours across April 14th to 15th, starting from 10am on the 14th to 10am on the 16th. In the allotted time, developers are encouraged to use HTML5 to build a game idea from scratch and develop a working prototype of it – a “proof-of-concept”.
The games that are entered into the sprint will be judged by the team of three behind InGDIn according to Best Innovation, Best Design, Best Gameplay and then 5 will be chosen for each of those categories. From there, the global public can then vote on the games and then the three winners will be rewarded with unannounced, exciting opportunities – InGDIn are in communication with the biggest HTML5 organizers to arrange this.
To register for the BYOG sprint and enter your game you’ll want to sign up with the official InGDIn website, which you can do right here. A list of rules and guides regarding the BYOG can be read right here.
A list of games from previous sprints can be viewed here, if you’re on the lookout for inspiration or want to check out the competition.