The jam has ended! Thank you everyone for participating!

Read about the results (and play the winning games) in our Medium post here!

Create the best survival experience in Core’s latest game jam with a $15,000 prize pool, three diverse categories, and profile pictures for every creator that submits a game!


Prize Categories

Classic SurvivalSurvival ShooterChanging the Game
Additional Awards: People's Choice (most played)

How to enter

Deadline: December 14, 10:00am PST

Publish a game in Core and fill out the form at the bottom of the page before 10:00am PST on Dec 14.

Categories will be revealed on Nov 12 and those winners will be announced on Dec 17. Winners for the People's Choice awards will be announced on Dec 21.

Submission details and official rules below

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Can you not only survive, but thrive?

Survival games are an expansive, well-loved genre, and there's never been a better time to build one on Core:
A brand new survival starter kit has just been released! This starter kit is a collection of pre-configured scripts that allow you to get a full game working immediately, and then tweak later as desired - this one is available via the 'Community Projects' tab. Further documentation can be found here.A new Urban Combat tileset with a destroyed variant.Tons of free resources via Core’s community content (including everything from the previous Arenas of Combat jam) available to use, speeding up development dramatically!

The contest has three categories - Classic Survival, Survival Shooters, and Changing the Game, to encourage you to dive deep on your vision and refine it. First, second, and third place for each category (as determined by our judges) will win prizes, and there’s also a separate set of People's Choice prizes for the games that get the most plays on the platform in the 10 days following the contest. And everyone that submits a valid entry will receive a unique Core profile picture to showcase your status in the Core community.

Classic Survival Player versus the environment - there is no conflict more fundamental. This PvE-focused category can include progression over time, crafting mechanics, building systems, natural disasters, threats both natural and supernatural, and more!Survival Shooters Gunshots echo in an abandoned city. From underground bunkers filled with claustrophobic corridors to overgrown cities with wide vistas, this is the theme of choice for many games for a reason - the exploration and atmosphere synergize with the tension of the core gameplay in wonderful ways. Polish is the name of the game here; the most complete, well designed PvP-focused game will take the cake.Changing the Game So many survival games are set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with progression based on increased material gain, but what if they weren’t? We want to see how you can theme the genre differently. How will you add your flair, with altered settings and mechanics, to make something original and impressive.
Entries in the contest will be judged on aesthetic appeal and interactivity. Entries must be games, not just scenes to explore.

Lastly, we are giving the People’s Choice awards for the two games with the most gameplays from 10am PST on Nov 12 to 10am PST on Dec 21. Games with retention mechanics that keep players engaged, that are marketed well and shared on social media, will be best positioned for success.

Don't forget to scope down, and enjoy creating! We look forward to seeing what you dream up!

$15,000 in Prizing

Overall Best

  • $5000

  • Genre Winner Profile Pic

Each Category

  • First: $1500

  • Second: $650

  • Third: $200

  • All: Genre Winner Profile Pic

People's Choice

  • First: $2000

  • Second: $1000

  • All: Genre Winner Profile Pic

All Participants

  • Genre Profile Pic

FAQ / Details

What is Core?

Core is a radically accessible game construction kit, community of creators, and game-playing platform, all in one. With Core, you can create multiplayer games, using the power of Unreal Engine, with no coding or art skills required. When you're ready to share your creations, publish them to the Core platform where they'll be instantly available to play.

Core is like having an entire game studio in your hands. It gives you the power of Unreal Engine; lets you access hundreds of free, high quality music, sound, and art assets; and enables you to bring immersive, multiplayer worlds to life.

Simply put, we want to help you create the game of your dreams. To get started, download the client at

If I'm a newcomer to Core, where's the best place to start?

Check out our complete introduction to the Core editor to quickly get up to speed and begin creating. For a more structured set of tutorials, follow along with our free courses at Core Academy.

Does it have to be a playable game?

Yes, but we provide plenty of tools to make it easy! See our 'frameworks' (create --> new project --> survival) for full sets of game logic you can drag and drop into your map.

Can I make unique looking art in Core?

Yup! From high fantasy to dark wonderlands to modern military, we've got assets to match the mood - and thousands of primitives and materials to create your own from scratch as well! Our art director's blog post describes the ideology behind it all, for those who are curious.

Where can I find the Survival Starter Kit?

This "framework" was released as a community project. Go to the Create tab --> New Project --> Community Projects --> and search 'survival' to find 'Survival-Framework' by standardcombo. More details in the documentation here.

Can I use community content?

As always, yes, it is encouraged! Please do give credit (in your game descriptions) to pay it forward.

Are there any submission specifications?

To enter, you must fill out the form below. Feel free to ask any questions in the relevant Discord channel (e.g. to confirm your entry was received successfully).

What is a "Survival Game"?

Survival games are a genre of games that involve collecting resources and avoiding dangers to grow stronger. Survival Shooters simply merge this with gun-based combat. Some examples from this genre include Minecraft, ARK, Don't Starve, Sum, Rust, DayZ, Escape from Tarkov, and more.

How are the 'People's Choice' awards calculated?

It is simply the most played games submitted to the contest during the judging period (i.e. from the contest start date to the judging date). If you're using a pre-existing game, any game plays before the contest start date do not count.

Can we use existing games?

As long as it fits the theme/category, yup! We do balance the judging based on what new/unique content was made, so existing games don't have an unfair advantage, but we want to encourage people to not 'reinvent the wheel' and to keep improving existing games - doing so helps you get up and running as fast as possible (important in a time-dependent jam), and also helps make a more fully-featured game you can really be proud of!

How are entries judged?

We will take into account any adherence to the theme and category, then will judge based on the gameplay (30%), aesthetics (30%), and our overall impression (40%).

Can I submit multiple entries?

Sure, but they must be unique entries! You can not submit the same entry in multiple categories.

Can I update my entry after submitting?

Yes. But beware, judges will only be reviewing your entry once, so if you push a last-minute update and it has a game-breaking bug that will be reflected in your score. Because of this, it is heavily recommended to stick to the deadline. To keep things as fair as possible, judges will randomly be playing the games from the list so you nobody can rely on an extra day or two.

Can I work with a team?

Yes, and please do! For profile pics, please put all your collaborators' names (up to 5) and their credits in the game description for them to get this endowment too. Note that if your team wins, distribution of the prizing must be handled by yourselves (i.e. we'll give the prizing to the submitter, then they can allocate to team members).

Why do you ask for my email and entry to a mailing list?

First off, we need to contact you if you win ;) Secondly, if you enjoy these contests and want to keep in touch with future ones, we want to give you the option to receive emails solely about contests (only 1-2/month), to respect your inbox while keeping you up to date!

What if I'm under 18?

Ask your parent or guardian to submit your entry on your behalf. They will receive the prize and then can pass it on to you at their discretion.

How are winners paid?

We use Tipalti to pay winners in their local currency. Winners will be contacted via email with the details.

Where can I see the official rules?

Manticore Games, Inc. (“Sponsor”) will sponsor a contest for each of three (3) survival categories: (1) Classic Survival, (2) Survival Shooters, and (3) Changing the Game, (each a “Survival Contest”), in addition to (4) “People’s Choice” Most Played and (5) Best Overall (collectively, with the Survival Contests, the “Contests”).

Contest Period
Starts: Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 8am PDT
Ends: Monday, December 14, 2020 @ 10:00am PDT

How to Enter
Complete the submission form linked on this landing page. Entries for the “People’s Choice” and Best Overall Contests will be comprised of eligible entries from the Survival Contests. Entries may only be submitted to one (1) Survival Contest, but multiple unique entries for each Survival Contest are allowed.

For each Survival Contest, the first place winner will receive One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars (US$1,500.00), the second place winner will receive Six Hundred and Fifty Dollars (US$650.00), and the third place winner will receive Two Hundred Dollars (US$200.00). The prize winner for the Best Overall Contest will receive Five Thousand Dollars (US$5,000.00). The “People’s Choice” Most Played games, as determined from the amount of game plays during the Contest Period, will also be awarded prizes at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The first place winner will receive Two Thousand Dollars (US$2,000.00), and second place will receive One Thousand Dollars (US$1,000.00) All Contest entrants will also receive a genre profile picture.

Prizes will be paid through Tipalti. Winners must create or have a Tipalti account to collect their prize. For more details on Tipalti and potential tax implications, please see our Help Center article.

Each Survival "contest" is subject to the Core Contests Official Rules.

What if I have more questions?

The best way to get help is through the dedicated Discord contest channels; alternately email us at and we'll do what we can for you.

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The Survival Jam is subject to the Core Contests Official Rules.

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