** Grand Prize ** * Local Star Award * * Audience Choice Award *
The StyriAn Games Awards – SAGA – give local indie game developers the opportunity to present their games and be rewarded. From all submissions, there will be five named finalists selected by a jury, that will be presenting their games at this years button Festival.
February 18, Submission Deadline March 09, Award Ceremony @ button Festival
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Voted by the visitors of the button Festival, where the games are exhibited.
Games from Austria
Endowed with 200 €
The applicants assure that the submitted game has been developed primarily in Austria. GameDevGraz is authorized to conduct a plausibility check for this purpose.
For the Local Star Award, the applicants assure that the submitted game has been developed primarily in Styria. GameDevGraz is authorized to conduct a plausibility check for this purpose.
Games and prototypes can be submitted as long as they are in a playable state.
A game can only be submitted for the SAGA if it has not become a Finalist in previous years.
Submission of a game in multiple categories is allowed.
To be eligible for a prize, it is mandatory to exhibit the game at the button Festival 2024 and participate in the award ceremony there. All applicants, whose games become Finalist will be provided a booth at the button Festival, free of charge.
Only natural and legal persons who have the necessary usage rights for submission are eligible. The submission and the process are conducted in English.
Digital games that have been or will be released after the end of the submission phase of the previous award period and no later than the last day of the year can be submitted. To clarify: The (expected) release date of the game must be between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2024.
We are once again organizing a site in Graz for the Global Game Jam this year. It will be held on January 26-28, hosted at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), at Inffeldgasse 13, HS i8 and i9, 8010, Graz.
A game jam is an event that brings together game developers, designers, artists, and enthusiasts to create games from scratch in a limited time frame (usually 48 hours). Whether you’re a seasoned game developer or just passionate about gaming, a game jam offers an exciting opportunity to unleash your creativity, experiment with new ideas, and connect with like-minded individuals in a fun and inspiring environment. The goal is to create a game together with others, but due to the limited time frame, the goal is not necessarily a finished game, but the journey; to learn something new, to meet people to cooperate further in the future, and so on.
Friday, January 26
17:00 Start and Theme Announcement; Team-Finding afterwards
~18:00 – 00:00 | working on the games
Saturday, January 27
09:00 – 00:00 | working on the games
Sunday, January 28
09:00 – 17:00 | working on the games
More detailed schedule coming soon…
Can I participate even if I have no prior experience making games? Yes! Absolutely. No worries ff this is your first time making games or joining a game jam. In fact, a game jam like this one is a great opportunity to get into game dev and work together with other people.
Can I come with a pre-made team? Yes! If you and your friends or other folks already come prepared that’s fine with us.
Can I make a game all by myself or do I have to join a team? Both is fine. We’re gonna have a brainstorming and teamfinding phase at the beginning to help people find a team they wanna join, but we’re not gonna force anyone to do so.
Do I have to make a game for the jam or can I also bring my own and keep working on that one? Sure you can! While the jam will be focused on making new game from scratch we’re fine with you coming by and use the opportunity, being surrounded by people and all, to keep working on your own game.