Never made a game before but always been curious? My First Game Jam is an online game jam for people of all skill levels to learn something new. Set aside two weeks to join the jam and learn how to make a game along with others. Absolute beginners encouraged to join!
Our goal is to organize resources and make game development more accessible. We hope to foster an online space where you can share your progress with other first-time game makers and get help from experienced devs. By the end of two weeks, you will hopefully have some working game or prototype to share—it's an exciting first step to making games! Individuals and teams are welcome, and we encourage you to both play to your strengths and try something new.
Official Discord server - Join us! (Please note that you must be 14 years or older to join the server.)
Don't want to go alone? Find teammates on our team finding thread coming soon! Or check the #teamfinding channel in the Discord server.
The jam is a safe space. Please review our Code of Conduct and help us keep it that way!
Please note that in fairness to your fellow jammers, games finished outside the game timeline are not allowed. In addition, games submitted to this jam cannot be submitted to other jams. Submissions violating these rules will be reported.
What is a game jam?
A game jam is an event where participants try to make a video game as quickly as possible.
Most game jams take place over the course of a weekend—24 to 48 hours is a typical length for a game jam, and they can take place online or in person. Some jams are ranked or judged, but as a beginner-friendly jam this one is not competitive. This jam is also completely online—you sign up and submit entirely on itch.io.
Who can join?
Anyone! You’re especially welcome if you’ve never made games before—you just may find that it’s not that terrifying or difficult with the right resources and community. Experienced devs are also welcome and encouraged to learn something new–whether it’s an engine, language, or type of game they’ve never created before.
When is the jam?
Current jam dates are displayed on the jam page above.
What can I make?
Make a game (or functional interactive work) in two weeks! This jam’s length is meant to encourage absolute beginners to take the time to learn how to make a game. Even if you have development experience, you should be learning something new—whether engine, language, or creating a kind of game you’ve never tried to make before.
How do I join?
Jam submission rules
Asset and crediting rules
Legal and payment rules
Still have a question?
Send us a message! (But please read first!)