Because we don’t have enough things to do, we decided to take on Yaoi Jam.

What is Yaoi Jam? I’ll let the site speak for itself.

  • What’s a Game Jam?

A game jam is a self-regulated challenge where game developers aim to create a completed game within a limited time frame.

  • What’s Yaoi?

“Yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi

No peak (climax), no fall (punch line/denouement), no meaning”

Also known as BL (Boy’s Love), yaoi is a genre of Japanese media focusing on romantic and/or sexual relationships between male characters, typically aimed at a female audience and usually created by female authors. The characters are often slotted into predefined relationship roles, widely known as “seme (top)” and “uke (bottom).”

  • What is Yaoi Game Jam? What are the rules? Who can participate?

Anyone can participate! As stated, this is a game jam that focuses on the wide and varied relationships between (queer) men. The “Yaoi” in the title is mainly for purposes of branding, but we don’t want anyone to feel limited or pressured to conform to stereotypes of the genre. Feel free to make games about asexual/aromantic/bi/pan/poly/trans/etc men, platonic or romantically involved, in any format you like.

Anything goes as long as your project is:

  • A game/visual novel,
  • About a queer relationship featuring two or more men/male-identified characters.
  • But what if I like yaoi stereotypes?

Then feel free to run with them! What we want most is for everyone to have fun making their games. We only ask that you be considerate in the material/themes you use, and try not to create anything to intentionally offend or denigrade others.

  • When does Yaoi Game Jam start and end?

YGJ will run from June 1st to July 31st, 2016. There will be a one week extension if we get enough requests for it.

We are keeping things a little hush hush right now, as we’re working on them, but we’re super excited about it!