IGN and Rogue Games have teamed up to produce Rogue Jam, an all-new game jam that not only has publishing deals for independent developers, but also a total prize pool of $800,000 that will be used to bring their game to life. from around the world submitted their unreleased games late last year, and the Rogue Jam judging panel, which includes IGN EVP and CCO Peer Schneider and former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé, spent the past two months choosing the best of the best. .
The winning games and developers will be announced starting April 18, and this watch guide will help you not miss a thing and see some of the biggest and brightest indie games that could one day become your new favorite.
Rogue Jam 2022 winners present start times
The Rogue Jame Winners Showcases will begin on April 18 with the premiere of Episode 1 – Tremendous Potential. Rewards will be released daily until the grand prize winner is announced on Friday, April 22. The full program is as follows;
- Episode 1 – Huge Potential: Monday, April 18 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. BST / Tuesday, April 19 at 2 a.m. AEST.
- Episode 2 – Dazzlingly Beautiful: Monday, April 25 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. BST / Tuesday, April 26 at 2 a.m. AEST.
- Episode 3 – WTF? : Monday, May 2 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. BST / Tuesday, May 3 at 2 a.m. AEST.
- Episode 4 – Big winner: Monday, May 9 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. BST / Tuesday, May 10 at 2 a.m. AEST.
- Episode 5 – Audience Choice: Monday, May 16 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. BST / Tuesday, May 17 at 2 a.m. AEST.
Where to watch the 2022 Rogue Jam winner showcases
If you’d like to watch the Rogue Jam 2022 winners’ presentations, we’ll be hosting the streams here and on our many channels on platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Here’s the full list of where you can watch the shows with us:
What to expect from the Rogue Jam 2022 Winners Showcases
The Rogue Jam 2022 Winners Showcases will honor and reward outstanding indie games that have impressed a panel of judges which, as previously mentioned, includes IGN EVP and CCO Peer Schneider and former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé. The full list of judges is as follows;
- Kimberly Pointer Corbett, senior vice president of digital publishing at Warner Bros. Games
- Reggie Fils-Aimé, former president of Nintendo of America, adviser to the board of directors of Rogue Games
- Peer Schneider, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer of IGN
- Chris Lee, Head of Game Supply and Interactive Games at Netflix
- Matt Casamassina, CEO of Rogue Games
- Chris Archer, Chief Strategy Officer of Rogue Games
There will be a total of five winners in five different categories, and each of them will award a certain prize to the chosen indie developer. Each game is judged on Fun, Originality, Presentation, Polish and The Rogue Factor, and the categories and awards are as follows;
- Overall Winner: $500,000 and a Rogue publishing deal
- WTF? : $100,000 and a Rogue publishing deal
- Dazzlingly beautiful: $100,000 and a Rogue publishing deal
- Huge potential: $50,000 and scammers’ right of first refusal
- People’s Choice: $50,000 and scammers’ right of first refusal
The games will have been chosen after a two-month window where the judges have had ample time to try out the games and discuss each with the other panelists. While we don’t have a full list of potential winners, the top three games in the People’s Choice category have been revealed and are I am not Jelly Misplaced, and Cold Fortune.
Rogue Games itself was founded by IGN co-founder Matt Casamassina and recently raised $2.5 million in funding to publish “batsh*t insane” indie games for PC, consoles and mobile. Rogue has recently teamed up with Netflix and Bloober Team, and it has a strong portfolio of innovative indie and original licensed games spanning the next few years.
Adam Bankhurst is a reporter for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.