Type of site
|Publishing platform and marketplace for video games|
|Owner||Lucent Web Creative, LLC|
|Created by||David & Yaprak DeCarmine|
Game Jolt (GJ) is a hosting service for free and commercial video games (in browser and a downloadable client) with social functions. Co-founded by Yaprak and David DeCarmine, the initial site launched on January 1, 2004, and was created by David DeCarmine.
Development of Game Jolt started in 2002 as holo-world, which then was renamed to Game Jolt in 2003. The site publicly launched on July 29, 2004 and included a public account system, forums, a chatroom and games, uploaded with the respective creators' permission. In 2007 the site was taken down due to inactivity.
In December 2008, David launched a second version of the site with Game Jolt becoming a game portal. The site was completely redesigned and introduced an automated uploading system for downloadable games, as well as Flash, Unity and Java games.
Indie Statik, a now defunctindie games-related news aggregator and blog, announced it was 'partnering' with Game Jolt in October 2013. This brought an article stream on the front page and articles of Game Jolt hosted games show up on the said game's profile, with a game portal congregated by Indie Statik and served by Game Jolt planned but never came to fruition.
A beta for a new site overhaul was made public in June 2015 and was released later that month, with Game Jolt advertising a responsive design, automated curation for both games and game news articles which weighs how recent a game was uploaded and how popular it is ("hot") and filtering options on game listings for platform, maturity rating and development status.
In November 2014 Game Jolt announced the "Indies vs PewDiePie" game jam, partnering with the popular Youtuber Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg. Developers were given a weekend (21–24 November) to create a game with the theme of "fun to play, fun to watch" to suit the Let's Plays entertainment style. Users could rate entries afterwards until December 1 when the scores were counted up. The prize to the top 10 rated games was Felix playing the games on his channel as a means of promotion for the developers, although later he played other entries.
Game Jolt partnered with Felix, Sean "Jacksepticeye" McLoughlin and Mark "Markiplier" Fischbach to host "Indies vs Gamers" in July 2015. The requirements for entries were arcade games using the GJAPI highscore tables, to be made between the July 17–20 and the top 5 games were played on the partner's YouTube channels.
The Game Jolt Application Programming Interface (usually known as the GJAPI) allows any developer using a game development platform that supports HTTP operations and MD5 or SHA-1. Game Jolt advertises that the API can:
Game Jolt has hosted numerous official game development contests with varying requirements and rewards. "Contests" are differentiated from "Jams". A contest on Game Jolt refers to a competition wherein developers have a single theme their game must follow if they enter the competition, and an ordered subjective top games selection is found either from judging by the staff or, with the two recent Indies VSs competitions, community voting. A jam however has no requirements and only an optional theme, which may or may not be judged but with no prizes for the winners.
|13—21 June 2009||Shocking||ShockMaze||Infidels||Shocker: The Electrifying Hero|
|1—31 August||Axiom ||Raimond Ex||Paul Moose In Space World||No Longer Apart|
|1—7 November 2009||Minimal||Spectrum Wing||Saut||Fetus|
|24—25 January 2010||Rogue||Super Space Rogues||Tower Climb||Flood the Chamber|
|1—8 July 2010||Indie Game Demake||Warning Foregone||Sulkeis||Saucelifter 8-bit|
|16 January—14 February 2011||Invention Contest||Fire With a Riot||Bun Dun||Monica|
|20 August—24 September 2011||Music Interpretation||Je Suis Le Diable||Rhythmical||Jeremy|
|11—19 August 2012||Fear||The Room||Fragments of Fear||Nyctophobia|
|1—11 March 2013||Chaos||Void Rogue||Blues for Mittavinda||Stellar Zero|
|9—18 March 2013||Party||Quantum Party Crasher||Super Clean Clean||Party Run|
|21—24 November 2014||Fun to play and watch (Indies vs PewDiePie)||Lord of the Horde||Kid VS School||DANCE!DANCE! PewDiePie|
|17—20 July 2015||High scores (Indies VS Gamers)||Racket Boy||Sushido||Super Nanny Sleepytime Ultra HD Alpha Omega|
Jams are hosted on the weekend. Unlike the contests there is no theme- just work on new games or WIPs. Developers are encouraged to livestream, post screenshots and tweet about whatever they're developing, with no winners are produced at the end.
Since 2015 Game Jolt has made announcements on April Fools' Day, often implementing site features that remain accessible beyond 1 April.
|2017||Redlight & Indie.AF|
Edited: 2021-06-18 18:32:14