During the ongoing trial between Epic Games and Apple, the latter company accused Epic Games of allowing “unspoken” titles in its store because it maintains Itch.io, an independent gaming platform where anyone can publish their work. Earlier, some of them were labeled as “adult” for various reasons, Itch.io added an inexpressive search tag as a cheeky answer, and organizers now host The Unspeakable Jam to have more fun in Apple’s strange language. A whole bunch of developers also seem to be interested.
With more than 60 developers already registered, The Unspeakable Jam is open for submission until June 1
Game traffic jams see developers come together for very short periods of time to make complete video games, and sometimes lead to larger and more accomplished projects that emerge later. This is certainly a little harder to do during a pandemic like COVID-19, but we hope to see some creative results. We only hope that these joint efforts do not lead to something truly monstrous.
Currently, the label “neizreciv” on Itch.io has only 42 games and most of them do not contain anything as morally despised as Apple suggests. However, there is a whole bunch a lot adult games that don’t use the stupid tag, so Apple’s argument isn’t entirely unfounded.
Itch.io is available as a download from the Epic Games Store and is available separately through a standard web browser. Developers can submit games and set prices, undermining traditional publishing routes as well as more regulated stores like Steam.