FAQs


About the game jam

What is the mobo game jam?

Mobo Game Jam is a global game-making challenge brought to you by Kucheza Gaming, Edu360, WaterAid and Ukie education’s Digital Schoolhouse and Into Games. It’s a free platform through which young people can learn to create their own game by participating in masterclasses and ultimately, a contest.

Who should enter for this competition?

Young people aged 8-18 years in the UK or Nigeria who want to be more creative, better problem-solvers and who want to build their own games. You don’t have to have any prior game-making experience to take part.

Do I enter alone or in a team?

It’s your choice. You can enter as an individual or a team. Remember, if you are taking part in a team, each teammate is required to register at mobojam.org

Where can I find the Mobo Game Jam brief?

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Where can I find the Terms and Conditions?

You can find the Mobo Game Jam Terms & Conditions here. Please ensure that you have read these Terms before registering to take part in the jam. By participating in the jam, you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you disagree with any part of this, then do not register to participate in the jam.

Registration

How do I register?

Each participant is required to register at mobojam.org to take part. You must register between 10.00 GMT on Thursday 17 December 2020 and 23.59 GMT on Thursday 4 February 2021.

I registered my interest before the official registration opened on 17 Dec 2020. Do I still have to register?

Yes! Participants that have registered their interest prior to 10.00 GMT on Thursday 17 December 2020 are still required to complete the full registration form between 10.00 GMT on Thursday 17 December 2020 and 23.59 GMT on Sunday 21 February 2021. The full registration form requires you to fill out the information we require for you to take part in the jam.

Do I have to register in order to submit my game?

Yes, you have to have registered at mobojam.org before 23.59 GMT on Sunday 21 February 2021.

Does it cost to take part in the game jam?

Nope! It’s completely free of cost for everyone.

I don't live in Nigeria or the UK, can I still take part? 

Unfortunately not. This game jam is only for participants in the UK and Nigeria this time around.

Why should I register?

  • Free access to masterclasses from video games industry professionals
  • Chance to win prizes
  • Your game will be judged by leading industry professionals
  • Develop vital problem-solving skills 
  • Understand the power of your own creativity
  • Contribute to solving a global issue

Can I still participate if I have not developed any game before?

Yes, everyone is welcome! You just need an interest in creativity and problem-solving. This is the perfect opportunity for complete novices or accomplished game makers to further develop their skills. Remember, you also have access to free masterclasses along the way!

Do I need to know how to code in order to participate?

No, you don’t. There will be a series of masterclasses on game design and game development that will guide you on how to bring your game ideas to life. You also have the option to submit a paper or digital video game prototype.

I’m entering as a team, do all teammates have to register?

Yes. Each teammate is required to register separately at mobojam.org. Please note that each teammate should be eligible to submit their game within the same age category. For example, if your team is submitting your game in Category 2: 12-14 years, each teammate within your team should be between 12 and 14 years. Please find further details on age restrictions in the Terms and Conditions.

Important dates

When is the registration deadline?

Participants are required to register before 23.59 GMT on Sunday 21 February 2021.

What is the game submission deadline?

Once you have registered, you are required to submit your game before 23.59 GMT on Sunday 21 February 2021.

When is the Mobo Game Jam final?

The final will be streamed on 22 March 2021. .

When will I find out if I have been shortlisted for the Mobo Game Jam Final?

We will share more details about the final with all registered participants in 2021.

When will the winners be announced? 

23 March 2021 via email and twitter.

I'm a parent or carer

What is a game jam?

A game jam is a competition where participants try to make a video game from scratch in teams or as an individual. 

We have limited access to technology. Can my child still take part?

Absolutely. They can submit their game as a paper or digital prototype. We would advise your child to look at the ‘differentiated success criteria’ within the brief for hints on how they can submit their game on paper. You can find the brief here.

How can my child participate?

It is easy, please visit mobojam.org to register them.

What are the benefits of my child taking part?

  • Free access to masterclasses from video games industry professionals.
  • Chance to win prizes and rewards.
  • Your game will be judged by leading industry professionals.
  • Develop vital problem-solving skills.
  • Contribute to solving a global issue.
  • Part of a global event!

Help, my child can’t code! Can they still take part?

Definitely! This is the perfect opportunity for your child to develop a better understanding of game-making, including understanding programming elements such as pseudocode. They also have the option to submit their game as a paper or digital prototype. We would advise your child to look at the ‘differentiated success criteria’ within the brief for hints on how they can submit their game on paper. You can find the brief here
Further to this, as part of the game jam, your child will also have access to masterclasses that will help guide them in creating their game.

My child is an advanced game designer, is this relevant?

Yes. Whilst they aren’t a novice, they can still gain vital insight into careers available within the industry with free access to masterclasses from video games professionals. It’s also a great platform for your child to showcase their game-making skills to be in with a chance of winning!

What age does my child need to be?

Your child must be between 8-18 years old.

What should I tell my child’s school?

Please advise your child’s school to take a look at the website for further information. We’d advise pointing them to the section of this FAQs guide where it states ‘What are the benefits of my students taking part?’. Here they can understand how participating in the game jam will benefit their students.

I'm a teacher

How can my school be a part of this?

Encourage your students to take part. They can sign up as individuals or teams at mobojam.org.

What are the benefits of my students taking part?

  • The Mobo Game Jam brief and submission criteria are in line with the UK Computing curriculum.
  • Students will develop comprehension skills and research skills through their interpretation of the brief and the making of their game. Consequently, they may develop a broader appreciation and understanding of African cultural heritage and issues on climate change and water sustainability.
  • Students will be able to apply their knowledge (and research) within the design of their solution.
  • Students will develop broader digital skills, communication skills and media production skills through the production and submission of their video entry.
  • Students will develop vital problem-solving skills through finding a programme-based solution (game) to the brief and within the game-making process in itself.
  • Students will develop computational skills through the creation of their game. This extends to students who choose to submit their game as a paper prototype, who will develop their skills in presenting game design through pseudocode.
  • Students will recognise the power of storytelling in game-making.
  • Students will understand how to combine artistic and digital skills to make their game.
  • Students have the option to take part as an individual or a team; encouraging them to develop a strong independent work ethic as an individual or important teamwork and communication skills as a team.
  • Students will gain an insight into careers available within the video games industry that require the transferable digital skills and soft skills they have developed through participation in the jam.
  • Students will be in with a chance of winning prizes across each age category.
  • It’s free! There is no cost to the school in your students taking part. They can even continue the project in their own time. 

I’m looking for someone from the games industry to deliver a virtual talk to my class

The Video Games Ambassadors network is a great resource for connecting with a UK wide network of games industry staff ready to inspire your students into a rewarding career in the games industry.

Age restrictions

What are the age categories I can enter my game into?

There are three categories you can enter your game into:

  • Category 1: 8 -11 years
  • Category 2: 12 - 14 years
  • Category 3: 15 - 18 years

Do all my teammates have to be within one age category? 

Yes. Each teammate should be eligible to submit their game within the same age category. For example, if your team is submitting your game in Category 2: 12-14 years, each teammate within your team should be between 12 and 14 years. Please find further details on age restrictions in the Terms and Conditions

My child is 7 years old at the moment but turns 8 years old soon. Can I still register them?

Yes. Participants aged 7 years and have a birthday between 10.00 GMT on Thursday 3 December 2020 and 23.59 GMT on Sunday 21 February 2021 are eligible to register with their parent or carer’s permission.

I’m 18 years old but I turn 19 years old soon. Can I still register?

Unfortunately 18 years is a strict age limit. If you are aged 18 years and have a birthday between 10.00 GMT on Thursday 17 December 2020 and 23.59 GMT on Sunday 21 February 2021, you are not eligible to register.

Resources and masterclasses

Apart from the masterclasses and the game jam is there more to this event?

Yes, the whole event is one big exchange programme with students from other parts of the world where you can make friends and learn about different cultures.

Where can I watch the masterclasses?

Where can I find supporting resources?

What software can I use to make my digital prototype?

It’s up to you! You can use the software of your choice.

  • Scratch is suitable if you have little to no experience making games.
  • Construct 3 or Unity Playground are perfect if you already have. experience making games and understand the basic principles.
  • Unity or Unreal are suited for confident game-makers that have used immediate or advanced game-making software before.

Game submission

Must you submit a finished game?

Each age group has its guidelines. You can submit a paper prototype or a coded game on itch.io.

Should I participate as an individual or as a team?

You can either participate as an individual or a team of no more than three people within the same age range.

I’m entering as a team, do all teammates have to submit our game?

No. Just one teammate from each team needs to submit your game. However, all teammates must be registered.

Must I submit a finished game?

No! You can submit either a completed game, prototype, or level (small portion) of a game as your submission. You can also submit a game idea that you have demonstrated through your video submission and/or paper prototype. Refer to the submission criteria to ensure your submission meets all the requirements for your age category.

How do I upload my game?

Read the submission guidelines below.

Video Submission Guidelines (PC/MAC)

  • Your video submission should be submitted via a URL (web link) to a YouTube video that is marked as “Unlisted” - this means that only those you share the link with will be able to view the video. To do this, you should:
  • If you don’t have an account already, head over to youtube.com and create one (if you are under the age of 13, an adult will need to sign up on your behalf)
  • In the top right hand corner, click the video camera “create”  icon and choose “Upload Video”
  • Follow the steps to create your channel by entering the information required and click “save and continue”
  • Upload your video file from your computer or mobile device and enter the information
    - if your video has been edited and stored on a mobile device, follow this guidance to easily upload it to a Google Drive so you can access it on a computer, or follow this guide to upload to YouTube from a mobile device)
    - Under “Title” you should write “Mobo Game Jam Submission” followed by your email address
  • Click through to the “Visibility” section and mark your video as “Unlisted” - this means only those you share the link with will be able to access the video
    - On the right hand side you will see a “Video link” - copy this to your clipboard as this is the link you will be required to enter in your submission form.
    - Publish the video - it may take a few minutes to upload depending on the size of the file and your internet connection
  • Now you can submit your Mobo Game Jam entry via the submission form you received via email after registering, by adding your unlisted YouTube link in the “Video Submission Link” section of the form.

Itch.io Submission Guidelines

  • Itch.io is a platform for sharing independent video games, and taking part in game jams (like the Mobo Game Jam). It means that other participants, judges, and friends can play the games you’ve made directly from itch.io.
  • Your game submission should be submitted via a URL (web link) to your Mobo Game Jam itch.io submission page. 
  • To access the Mobo Game Jam itch.io page, head over to itch.io/jam/mobo-game-jam-2020 and click “Join Jam”
  • If you don’t already have an itch.io account, you will need to create one (if you are under the age of 13, an adult will need to sign up on your behalf)
  • Once you have done this and clicked “Join Jam”, you should notice there is now the option to “Submit your project” - click this.
  • After reading the guidance, click the button that says “Upload game” to upload a new game project to itch.io
  • Fill in the required fields as best as you can, being sure to disable all payments, make your project “public”, and to add an exciting cover image and description for your game.
    - If you need guidance on how to ready your Scratch, Unity, Flash, HTML, or Javascript game projects for itch.io - follow the affiliated hyperlinks or join the Into Games Discord to ask for support (you must be over 13 years of age to join Discord)
  • Once you have uploaded your project and made it public - you should now head back to the Mobo Game Jam itch.io Jam page and “Submit your Project” - make sure to include the email address you used to register on mobojam.org
  • Now you can submit your Mobo Game Jam entry via the submission form you received via email after registering, by adding your itch.io submission page URL in the “itch.io Submission Link” section of the form.

Paper Prototype Submission Guidelines

  • Your Paper Prototype should be submitted via a .pdf file that will be uploaded in the submission form you received via email after registering.
  • You can submit any form of paper prototype - for guidance on this head to the Resources section of the mobojam.org website for a template, or use your own!
  • You will need to print out any paper prototype you create, or draw over it using a digital drawing tool.
  • If your paper prototype has been printed, you can upload this as a .pdf file using a Scanner attached to a computer, or a smartphone app like CamScanner.
    - For guidance on using CamScanner to upload your paper prototype, watch this YouTube video
  • Once you have a .pdf of your paper prototype, you can now submit your Mobo Game Jam entry via the submission for you received via email after registering, by adding your .pdf to the “Upload Paper Prototype” section of the form.

I have limited access to technology, how can I submit a digital game?

There are lots of places where you can find access to a computer. As a start, speak to a teacher at school or college about using their facilities, or check out what IT your local library has on offer. If you’re still unsure about how to access a computer, get in touch with us for some guidance. 

Do I need to use Pseudocode? 

  • No, you don’t. There will be a series of masterclasses on game design and game development that will guide you on how to bring your game ideas to life. You also have the option to submit a paper or digital video game prototype. However, if you decide to submit a purely paper-based prototype we do expect you to demonstrate some of your game design through pseudocode for the 12-14 and 15-18 age categories. If you have not used pseudocode before, head to the resources section of the mobojam.org website for a video masterclass in using pseudocode.
  • Students will develop computational skills through the creation of their game. This extends to students who choose to submit their game as a paper prototype, who will develop their skills in presenting game design through pseudocode.

Careers

How much do game designers earn?

There is no single definitive guide to games industry salary reports and findings can vary by source. However, Ukiepedia provides links to various existing media reports or surveys from which you can gain further insight into salaries and make your own decision.

How much do game developers earn?

There is no single definitive guide to games industry salary reports and findings can vary by source. However, Ukiepedia provides links to various existing media reports or surveys from which you can gain further insight into salaries and make your own decision.

Where can I find more information about careers in the video games industry?

Prizes and rewards

How does judging work?

Once submission closes on 23.59 GMT on Sunday 21 February 2021, all entries will be judged for the shortlist by our VGA’s (Video Game Ambassadors). All shortlisted entries will be showcased at the Mobo Game Jam Final on 22nd March.

What are the winners categories?

Once submission closes on 23.59 GMT on Thursday 4 February 2021, all entries will be judged for the shortlist by our VGA’s (Video Game Ambassadors). All shortlisted entries will be showcased at the Mobo Game Jam Final on 22nd March.

  • Category 1: 8 - 11 years
    - UK Mobo Game Jam Winner 2020-2021 (8-11 yrs)
    - Nigerian Mobo Game Jam Winner 2020-2021 (8-11 yrs)
    - Global Mobo Game Jam Winner 2020-2021 (8-11 yrs)
  • Category 2: 12 - 14 years
    - UK Mobo Game Jam Winner 2020-2021 (12 - 14 yrs)
    - Nigerian Mobo Game Jam Winner 2020-2021 (12 - 14 yrs)
    - Global Mobo Game Jam Winner 2020-2021 (12-  14 yrs)
  • Category 3: 15 - 18 years
    - UK Mobo Game Jam Winner 2020-2021 (15 - 18 yrs)
    - Nigerian Mobo Game Jam Winner 2020-2021 (15 - 18 yrs)
    - GlobalMobo Game Jam Winner 2020-2021 (15 - 18 yrs)

What prizes could I win?

UK Winners

  • Category 1: 8 - 11 years
    - £100 Amazon voucher per individual submission/team member
  • Category 2: 12 - 14 years
    - £100 Amazon voucher per individual submission/team member
  • Category 3: 15 - 18 years
    - £100 Amazon voucher per individual submission/team member

Nigeria Winners

  • Category 1: 8 - 11 years
    - N350,000 + HP Pavillion i5 GTX 1650 Gaming Laptop
  • Category 2: 12 - 14 years
    - N350,000 + HP Omen 17" Gaming Laptop
  • Category 3: 15 - 18 years
    - N350,000 + Acer Predator Helios 300 17" Gaming Laptop

Global Winners

  • Category 1: 8 - 11 years
    - UK residents - £150 Amazon voucher per individual submission/team member
  • Category 2: 12 - 14 years
    - £150 Amazon voucher per individual submission/team member
  • Category 3: 15 - 18 years
    - £150 Amazon voucher per individual submission/team member