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RichCast, the new creative studio and publishing platform, has partnered with Global Game Jam to support its 2022 event.

RichCast, which recently won a prestigious TIGA Award for Best Technical Innovation, is now inviting anyone to build and publish their own interactive narrative experiences and games using its simple, intuitive ‘no code’ drag and drop interface.

The Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game creation event, taking place from January 20th-30th 2022 – and Jammer registrations are open now.

The annual GGJ weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration, or artistic expression.

RichCast is the brainchild of three highly respected and experienced UK games industry veterans: Neil Campbell, plus Philip and Andrew Oliver – aka The Oliver Twins. It enables people of all ages* to create original and diverse content that blurs the line between literature and entertainment, complete with voice and touchscreen controls, HD video, audio-visual effects, and AI voices that bring new worlds – and words ­– to life.

Creating a RichCast experience requires no knowledge of programming or script languages, making it the simplest way to create original interactive content. It’s even easier to use than the Scratch programming language.

RichCast also has a competition open to creators, with £10,000 (~US$13,200) of prize money up for grabs.

Head to www.richcast.com, download the Early Access RichCast App for PC or Mac and hit Create to get started.

Enter the competition at www.richcast.com/competition and submit your best RichCasts by midnight on January 7th, 2022. There are four categories:

  • Best Fiction
  • Best Non-Fiction
  • Best Use of Audio
  • Best Use of Visuals

The winner of each category will receive £2,000 each, while runners-up will each receive £500.

The competition is free to enter and open to anyone over 13 years of age.

RichCast is currently free, with the plan to add fair monetisation in 2022 to ensure content creators receive royalties for their great experiences.

“The RichCast software has been developed with a goal of democratising the creation and distribution of high quality, interactive narrative content,” explained Philip Oliver, CEO of PANIVOX, the start-up behind RichCast. “Global Game Jam is a much-respected event that encourages creativity in interactive entertainment around the world and urges the individuals who take part to try out new technology. The synergies between our two organisations couldn’t be stronger, so we’re delighted to be partnering with them to help more people take part in this brilliant annual event.”

Rich Hebblewhite, Senior Lecturer in Computing at Wrexham University and GGJ 2022 Regional Organiser (UK & Ireland), said: “The GGJ embodies the idea that in today’s connected world, we can come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using games as a medium. As such, promoting tools that empower people from all backgrounds and skillsets is hugely important to us – and the PANIVOX team has produced such a platform with RichCast.

“Having been involved with Global Game Jam for more than a decade, it’s exciting to see new technology such as RichCast driving creativity and innovation at the grassroots of the industry.”

About PANIVOX

RichCast is the brainchild of three highly respected and experienced UK games industry veterans: Neil Campbell, plus Philip and Andrew Oliver – The Oliver Twins. With 20+ years in the games industry, Campbell co-founded Viewpoint Games and boasts an enviable reputation as a games developer and designer, having worked on major franchises such as Guitar Hero and DJ Hero. Games industry legends the Oliver Twins have created hundreds of titles over the past 40 years, including the ultra-popular ‘80s character Dizzy, as well as having established two previous studios. 

*Students: Due to GDPR and legal restrictions, Panivox is only able to allow those aged 13 years old and over to use RichCast. This is being discussed with lawyers currently and in 2022 this will be made available to younger people.

About Global Game Jam

Founded in 2009, the Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game creation event taking place around the globe, typically at physical locations. A “game jam” is essentially a hackathon focused on game development. The annual GGJ weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration, or artistic expression. Condensed into a 48-hour development cycle, the GGJ encourages people of all backgrounds to participate and contribute to the spread of game development and creativity, and is a world record holder for the largest event of its kind. Importantly, the GGJ is aimed at stimulating collaboration and is not a competition.

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