Love. Love can be many things, from absolutely wonderful to an absolute nightmare, whether experienced first-hand or… from a distance. Age? Skin color? Gender? None of that matters once love takes the wheel, and in Yuri Game Jam 2020, which is well underway, the focus is entirely on games about relationships between women (or “the queer female experience”).
That said, it doesn’t have to be strictly lesbian relationships, as “bi, trans, non-binary, aro, ace, pan, any female-identified LGBTQIA characters” are also included. I’m not entirely sure exactly what most of those mean, but seeing how I plan on playing the games that come to be during this year’s Yuri Jam, rather than participating in the making of one, that problem is reduced somewhat. Any genre, engine, art style, etc. goes, too; although I suspect a lot will be opting for the visual novel route, a choice of which I totally approve, having recently discovered the joy of that genre. Do keep the following in mind, however: “Entries that promote bigotry (i.e transphobic/racism) are not allowed.“
As for the jam itself, much like prior iterations, Yuri Game Jam 2020 accepts submissions of unfinished works/demos, so if you don’t manage to wrap everything up… send it anyway!. Also, if you’re a Twitter fan, be sure to use #yurijam hashtag. That one should require no further explaining.
Last but not least, dates! This particular game jam spans the month of October and November, ending on the 2nd of December, hopefully with many interesting new games. Which means it’s already started, for those somehow void of anything resembling a calendar. Oh my!