jan 20 - 30

CORE EXERCISE: Global Game Jam 2022 Diversifier
Sponsored by Core Games

The biggest game jam of the year is back! Global Game Jam 2022 starts soon, and this year you can win part of a $10,000 prize pool by making your GGJ game with Core!

As part of GGJ 2022, Core is sponsoring a GGJ Diversifier. Diversifiers are optional game dev challenges and a chance to try something new.

This year, when you select and complete Core's sponsored diversifier (Core Exercise), you’ll have a special opportunity to win part of a $10,000 USD prize pool.

Core Exercise: Use the Core Games platform to create your Global Game Jam entry.

Submitting your entry

Make sure to complete your GGJ entry submission page before 5pm in the local time zone of your selected jam site
AND complete the submission form on this page before 11:59 pm PST, Jan 30.
Once the Jam has ended, our panel of judges will select the most outstanding games to receive parts of our $10,000 prize pool.

On your GGJ entry submissions page:

  • When submitting your game, make sure to select "Core Engine" in the "Tools and Technology" dropdown menu.

  • Make sure to also list the Core Diversifier "Core Exercise" on the entry submission page.

  • Submit the link to your published Core Game, instead of submitting source code or packaged files.

  • Include screenshots! We love seeing what your game looks like.

ALSO, on this webpage:


Submission Form

Complete your submission by 11:59 pm PST, Jan 30.

The Core Diversifier Challenge is subject to the Core Contests Official Rules.

$10,000 USD Prize Pool

Developers/teams that choose to complete the Core Games Diversifier, will have the opportunity to receive part of our $10,000 USD prize pool. Our panel of industry judges will select several games to receive the prizes below:

1st place: $5,000 USD
2nd place: $3,000 USD
3rd place: $1,000 USD
4th place: $600 USD
5th place: $400 USD

what is core?

Core is a radically accessible game construction kit, community of creators, and game-playing platform, all in one. With Core, you can create multiplayer games, using the power of Unreal Engine, with no coding or art skills required. When you're ready to share your creations, publish them to the Core platform where they'll be instantly available to play. Not only is Core completely free, select creators can also monetize their games to make a living!

Core is like having an entire game studio in your hands. It gives you the power of Unreal Engine; lets you access hundreds of free, high quality music, sound, and art assets; and enables you to bring immersive, multiplayer worlds to life.

Get Started!

Check out these helpful guides to get up and running in time for the Jam.

Make sure you download/update Core before the Jam begins. Also, join our community on Discord to hangout with other Core creators. You can get hyped for GGJ with your fellow creators in #ggj22-general, and find teammates (aka future friends) in #ggj22-teams!Check out the videos below for some examples of great art in Core!

FAQ / Details

If I'm a newcomer to Core, where's the best place to start?

Check out our getting started page to quickly get up to speed and begin creating. For a more structured set of tutorials, follow along with our free courses at Core Academy.

What is a diversifier?

Diversifiers are a tradition of the Global Game Jam that add an extra layer of challenge or direction to your jam project. These are meant to be used in addition to the Jam theme. More info on GGJ Diversifiers can be found at https://globalgamejam.org/news/ggj-online-diversifiers

Can I make unique looking art in Core?

Yup! From high fantasy to dark wonderlands to modern military, we've got assets to match the mood - and thousands of primitives and materials to kitbash your own from scratch as well! Our art director's blog post describes the ideology behind it all, for those who are curious.

Can I use community content?

Yes, it is encouraged! Please do give credit (in your game descriptions) to pay it forward.

What is a Jam site and which one do I choose?

Traditionally, Global Game Jam takes place at jam sites around the world; designated spots set up to host Global Game Jam participants. This year, however, GGJ has decided to allow online & remote jammers as well! When registering for a site, it is recommended (but not required) that you choose one close to your area. However, joining a jam site is a way for you to find like-minded developers and engage with the GGJ community, your choice of jam site does NOT affect your ability to collaborate with other jammers or your project's visibility!

How will prizing work?

Our $10,000 prize pool is split into 5 separate awards:
1st: $5,000 USD, 2nd: $3,000 USD, 3rd: $1,000 USD, 4th: $600 USD, 5th: $400 USD
Entries will be judged by our Manticore Games judging panel. For these awards, we are looking at overall quality of the game and adherence to both the jam theme and the terms of the diversifier (Using Core to create your game).

Can I update my entry after submitting?

Yes. But beware, judges will only be reviewing your entry once, so if you push a last-minute update and it has a game-breaking bug that will be reflected in your score. Because of this, it is heavily recommended to stick to the deadline. To keep things as fair as possible, judges will be playing the submitted games in a random order.

Can I work Solo / Can I work with a team?

While going solo is an option, a lot of the fun of game jams, particularly Global Game Jam, comes from working with a group! We encourage you to check out our #ggj22-teams Discord channel for finding teams during this jam.

How are winners paid?

We use Tipalti to pay winners in their local currency. Winners will be contacted via email with the details. Please open a support ticket if you have questions regarding payment.

What if I'm under 18?

Ask your parent or guardian to submit your entry on your behalf. They will receive the prize and then can pass it on to you at their discretion.

Where can I see the official rules?

Manticore Games, Inc. (“Sponsor”) will sponsor a contest for the "Core Exercise Diversifier Challenge" as part of the Global Game Jam 2022, the “Contest”.
Contest Period
Starts: Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 @ 12:01am PT
Ends: Sunday, January 30, 2022 @ 11:59pm PT
How to Enter
Complete the submission form linked on this landing page. In addition, you must also submit your entry via GGJ's site, specifying the Core Engine and Core Exercise diversifier. For more details see the "Submitting Your Entry" section on this webpage.
The first through fifth place winners will receive Five Thousand Dollars (US$5,000.00), Three Thousand Dollars (US$3,000.00), One Thousand Dollars (US$1,000.00), Six Hundred Dollars (US$600.00), and Four Hundred Dollars (US$400.00), respectively. Contest, including all Entries and Prizes, is subject to the Core Contests Official Rules.
Prizes will be paid through Tipalti. Winners must create or have a Tipalti account to collect their prize. For more details on Tipalti and potential tax implications, please see our Help Center article.
The contests are subject to the Core Contests Official Rules.

What if I have more questions?

The best way to get help is through the dedicated Discord contest channels; alternately email us at events@manticoregames.com and we'll do what we can for you.

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