Join Zenva’s #GameDev Compo – Make a Game and Win Prizes

The compo has ended!

Big thanks to everyone who participated! Huge congrats to the winning entries:

  1. Stefan Neidig with Bots
  2. Jorge Noro with Oblivious
  3. Caio Marchi Gomes do Amaral with Dungeon Lurer

Stay tuned for articles featuring all games + interview to Stefan.


Hi everyone! We at Zenva are happy to announce our first ever Phaser Hackathon! We are excited to see the creative and fun games we know you guys are capable of making using the awesome Phaser HTML5 development framework. See below for details!

Key Dates

Here is some important information to keep an eye on

  1. The Zenva Phaser Hackathon will run from July 6th through to July 30th and is an online competition
  2. Submissions must be made by 11:59 PM PST on July 30th

Participating is entirely free. You don’t need to be enrolled in our courses to join.

Zenva Phaser Hackathon

Goal and Game Topic

The topic is entirely free. The goal is to create a fun and interactive online game using Phaser to spread awareness about this wonderful framework, and how our courses can help aspiring developers achieve their game development goals.

Prizes – 1st Place

  • The winner of the Hackathon will get free access to a bundle of +1800 USD worth of online courses containing the following titles:
  • The winner will also receive a $200 cash award which will be transferred via Paypal.
  • In addition, the winning submission, and the personal website/portfolio of the winner, will be shared to our entire mailing list (which consists +70,000 eager developers) as well as our social media channels.
  • The game will also be showcased in our Phaser course product page for all to see.
  • Lastly, the winner will be able to list that they won the first ever Phaser Hackathon held by Zenva Academy — be it on LinkedIn or their professional website — and they’ll have an award-winning game to add to their portfolio.

Prizes – 2nd and 3rd Places

Prize for all submissions

  • All submissions will be featured in an article on GameDev Academy and shared with our entire mailing list and followers.

Game Specifications

Here are the specification requirements for the game submission

  • The game must be developed using the Phaser HTML5 game development framework (see to download and install it)
  • No other external libraries can be included
  • The game must be designed for a 640×360 screen resolution and scaled using the SHOW_ALL option, such that it is easily playable on both a mobile device screen and typical desktop resolutions
  • The maximum size of the completed game should be no more than 500 KB, this includes all the code except for the Phaser library, all the assets (images, sound, json files, tmx files, etc), UNZIPPED. Also the game won’t be zipped, so the 500 KB is for the game project unzipped, excluding ONLY the Phaser library.
  • Minification of assets is allowed
  • For the submitted entry, we need to be able to run index.html on a local web server. We won’t be executing commands like npm install, grunt, webpack, etc. You can use those tools in your personal workflow but for the submission we’ll only open index.html
  • The game can’t load assets hosted elsewhere. All the assets need to be run locally.
  • This is a client-side only game, to be played in the browser (this is NOT a Cordova game or a game made into an executable file).
  • The game must be made available in a public Github repository and it must be open source by including a file named “License.txt” with the content of the MIT License.
  • The game must work both on desktop computer and mobile phones with a touch screen.
  • Only one game submission per person.

Asset Guidelines

On incorporating audio and visual assets into the game, the following should be adhered

  • Acceptable assets that can be used for graphics and visuals animations are those used in the course The Complete Mobile Game Development Course – Platinum Edition, those available on the Kenney Assets Website, or artwork available on the Open Game Art Website (those listed with a CC or Public Domain License only)
  • Sounds and audio files that may be used in the submitted game are those available on the Free Sound Website (those listed with a CC0 or Public Domain License only). Audio files from other sources will not be accepted
  • Please make a note of where you are utilizing assets from, as you will have to include links to the assets used in the game upon submission
  • You can make minor modifications to the assets described above. For instance, you can cut, filter or downsize a segment of a sound file. You can divide a spritesheet into smaller images, scale images, make minor modifications. The spirit here is to build a game with existing assets, as this is not a game artwork competition.

Judging Criteria

ZENVA staff will review all the submissions and determine the winners based on:

  • Fun playing experience – is it fun and engaging?
  • Polish – does it look good? attention to detail?
  • Absence of bugs – does it crash?
  • Cross-platform – does it play well both on desktop and mobile?

Submission Form

To enter, please complete the online submission form located here

ANYONE can join this hackathon! You don’t need to be enrolled in any of our courses

Best of luck to all, and we’re rooting for each and every one of you!