Melon Jam Rules:

  1. Submit during the alloted time slot (August 6th 8:00 AM - August 9th 6:00 PM) 
  2. In order to be eligible for the novice prize, you must specify that you are a middle or high student. 
  3. To be eligible for a prize, you must provide an adequate explanation for how your game fits the theme when submitting your game. 
  4. Any digital project that is not malware may be submitted. Keep in mind, however, that the judging criteria may limit your success if you do not submit a game that fits the theme announced at the beginning of the jam. 
  5. All submissions must be developed during the alloted time slot mentioned above. However, you are free to use any assets (music, 3d models, etc.) and tools (game engines, graphic design programs, etc.) that you made yourself or are given permission to use by the creators, such as through a creative commons license, an open-source license, or a purchase. 
  6. All games submitted to MelonJam are uploaded under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Creative Commons license ( Participants retain ownership of any projects they submit, though the Cupertino Game Development Club reserves the right record media of those projects and to publish said media. 
  7. Participants may work alone, or form teams of up to 4 members in order to work on their submission. 
  8. The Cupertino Game Development Club reserves the right to not consider any uploaded games for prizes if the content is offensive or unsuitable. This includes but is not limited to: games with harmful or prejudicial themes related to gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, appearance, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, socioeconomic status, or religion. 
  9. You may use any tools at your disposal to craft your game. You can use Unity, Unreal Engine, GameMaker Studio, a custom engine for your game, or any other engine that you find useful. You could even draw your sprites on paper and scan them onto your computer if you feel it necessary.  
  10. Participants who do not adhere to the rules above may have their submission canceled. 


For the advanced prize, each game submitted to the MelonJam game jam will be given a score out of 10 for each judging criterion. These scores will then be summed. The game with the highest score will be the winner of the advanced prize. If there are multiple games with the highest score, they will be given a holistic review by the judges, who will then come to a joint decision about which project is the winner of the advanced prize out of all of the games with the highest score.

For the novice prize, the procedure will be the same as the scoring of games for the advanced prize, except that only games that are eligible for the novice prize—those created by students of the class of 2021 and later—will be scored.