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Gamejam competetion, creation rights 

We're about to participate in a 24 hour gamejam competetion (there are rewards involved). One thing confused me in the rules of the comp, it's that we give up rights on everything we create in those 24 hours to the organizing firm. Is this a common practice? It seems sketchy to me. Also, some of the rewards include mentorship for the game or funds if the game seems to be "marketable", so maybe the reasoning has something to the with that.

Gamejam competetion, creation rights 

@worntunic I don't know if it is Common but I'd avoid those commercial jams if your goal is not one of the prices they provide (which to me is antithetical to a jam)

Giving up the rights to the game seems nuts to me

If you just want to jam look at itch.io there are like endless amounts of jams all the time

(At least when I looked last that was still the case)

Gamejam competetion, creation rights 

@norado @worntunic agreed, you could describe it as "sketchy" if you were paid upfront for participating in something like that, but if it's framed/organized as a usual game jam, that's straight up exploitation.

Gamejam competetion, creation rights 

@namark @norado There are monetary prizes for the first place, and funds and mentoring could be offered if the game shows "market potential", but I thought that was the point when the whole giving of rights should be discussed

Gamejam competetion, creation rights 

@norado we just finished one on itch.io, and there are many, there's even a weekly one. We're still gonna go with this one since it is live in our city, and that's really rare here in Serbia, outside of capital city.
We'll try not to get too attached to the game, I guess :)

Gamejam competetion, creation rights 

@worntunic Sounds iffy to say the least. At least compared to the usual Global Game Jam policies and rules.

I'd understand if such conditions would apply only if the team were to accept some form of conditional investment / funding related reward.

Gamejam competetion, creation rights 

@Vipsu yeah, I can see that if that clause came after they choose to proceed funding/mentoring a game, but only some (and it can be none) games will be chosen for that, so that's where my suspicion comes from

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