GBAtemp Homebrew Bounty: 2018 Switch Edition

Costello Sep 21, 2018.




    It is with great pleasure that I announce the official beginning of GBAtemp's first Switch Homebrew Bounty! If you aren't familiar with the concept, the Homebrew Bounty is a competition that rewards the best homebrew for a given platform. The idea is twofold: we want to reward authors for their hard work, but also encourage the creation of new projects and developments, which in turns benefits everyone!

    Our previous bounties date from several years back, take a look at our first ever homebrew bounty back in 2008, and our second one from 2011 if you want to know what it looks like. This time, we're aiming even higher. Here's all you need to know about this year's bounty.

    Four categories, four competitions

    We will actually be running four different competitions over the next few months, one for each category of homebrew. The idea is to reward everyone, not just game developers but also those who work behind the scene to create the tools everyone needs.

    CATEGORY 1: tools and utilities (WINNERS ANNOUNCED! CLICK HERE)
    This category is meant to reward authors of tools/utilities, as in, programs that run on a computer (not on the Switch itself) and serve a specific purpose such as patching tools, content extractors, development libraries, and much more. If you aren't sure whether your project fits in this category, look at the other categories below, and if in doubt, simply ask a moderator.


    Projects in this category are applications that run on the Switch itself. A few examples: video or media players, browsers, custom firmwares, homebrew loaders, etc... This category is not to be confused with category 1 which is for computer-based tools.

    The third category will reward emulators. This means emulators that run on the Switch, or who knows, perhaps the other way around too: Switch emulators that run on computers. If your project is an emulator and it's related to the Switch then it belongs in this category anyway.

    CATEGORY 4: games
    The last category: homebrew games. We accept new games as well as ports of existing games, of course.

    Regardless of the category, if you wish to enter, you will be required to present either a new project, or a significant update to an existing project. As it is difficult to define the exact meaning of 'significant update', simply keep in mind that judges will look at your project individually and decide whether your update is significant enough to warrant their vote.

    A few other noteworthy points:
    • In order to enter, you will be required to upload your project to the GBAtemp Download Center to allow other users to download your files easily. However feel free to also host your project on other platforms such as Github and similar.
    • Our Patrons (members who support us on Patreon) will have a voting right, the combined patron votes will have a 50% weight on the outcome, the other 50% will come from internal staff votes.
    • Although the competition hasn't officially started yet as we're only beginning Phase 1 (read below for more details), you can already begin working on your new project / project update to submit to the Homebrew Bounty. However you must publish it during the appropriate window in order to be eligible to win a prize.
    • Winning projects will receive cash prizes as well as medals (image files) that they can include in their project if they like.

    Phase 1: sponsors and donations

    Thanks to our sponsors, we are going to be able to distribute as much as $8000, yes you read right, eight thousand US dollars!
    The initial dispatch will be $2000 per category, divided into different sums for the top 5 highest voted projects. The detailed breakdown of prizes will be given in each respective announcement.

    Half of this sum is generously donated by yours truly, GBAtemp!
    Thanks to ad revenue and to our Patreon backers, GBAtemp is the biggest donator.

    The other half comes from our generous sponsors as listed below.
    Buy flashcard to mod 3DS and Switch | Team Xecuter SX | Sky3ds+ | Stargate 3DS | R4 3DS - mod3dscard


    Axiogame | Backup Units, Modchips and more


    And let's not forget Team Xecuter who made a very generous donation too.

    But the bounty isn't only about sponsor companies: you, beloved members of our community (and even guests) can contribute too! If you want to make a donation, simply click the button below to send a payment to our Paypal. Needless to say, 100% of the amount we receive will be transfered to the authors of winning projects.


    Upon submitting your donation, you can indicate whether you want the donation to go to a particular category, or all of them.
    Also please note that our Paypal account name is "FILETRIP" - this is normal.

    About a week from now, we will announce the final prize money we'll be able to distribute, although people will still be able to continue donating.
    Then, the first competition (category: tools and utilities) will officially begin. You will have one month to work on your tool/utility project and submit it.
    After which, we will take a moment for the voting process, and announce the winners shortly after.

    Then the second competition will begin. And so on.
    Reminder: you don't have to wait until competitions officially begin to start working on your project.

    Thanks everyone for making GBAtemp such a fantastic community.
    Let's get this started!
    Discussion (143 replies)
  1. Sonic Angel Knight

    Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Legend

    May 27, 2016
    United States
    New York
    I like this logo. Whoever did it, nice job. :)
    Zaybokk, DayVeeBoi, iyenal and 7 others like this.
  2. kikongokiller

    kikongokiller GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 12, 2017
    Great job! This'll hopefully get the ball rolling a little more.
    Zaybokk and Ericthegreat like this.
  3. Nerdtendo

    Nerdtendo Your friendly neighborhood idiot

    Sep 29, 2016
    United States
    Really great idea guys. I didn't know these existed. Can't wait to see the entries and by this time next year, I might be able to participate!
    Zaybokk likes this.
  4. magico29

    magico29 GBAtemp Maniac

    GBAtemp Patron
    magico29 is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    Aug 2, 2017
    United States
    Good luck to participants!!!
    Zaybokk and CuriousTommy like this.
  5. Dodain47

    Dodain47 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jan 1, 2017
    Now that´s some Bounty!!:mthr:
    Zaybokk, CallmeBerto and Ericthegreat like this.
  6. Chary

    Chary Never sleeps.

    pip Senior Editor
    GBAtemp Patron
    Chary is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    Oct 2, 2012
    United States
    Get hype!
    Zaybokk, CallmeBerto, XAIXER and 7 others like this.
  7. risho

    risho Newbie

    Jan 4, 2016
    United States
    you should consider accepting bitcoin donations to the pool
  8. comput3rus3r

    comput3rus3r GBAtemp Psycho!

    Aug 20, 2016
    United States
    Here's a little hint for a winning homebrew...
    usb loading :switch:
  9. MiiJack

    MiiJack GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 13, 2016
    Can somebody teach me how to code :P
    atoxique and CallmeBerto like this.
  10. fst312

    fst312 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 4, 2008
    United States
    New York
    I like when I this stuff and I’m curious to see what comes out of this, especially when it comes to the possible emulators. Here hoping that snes classic homebrew menu ends up getting released. I believe that project is still being worked on.
  11. Awstoned

    Awstoned Advanced Member

    May 14, 2018
    United States
    Calling it now

    Someone is gunna make a private p2p server for multiplayer
  12. Dan-the-Rebirth

    Dan-the-Rebirth GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 5, 2014
    Looking forward to the new developments. Portal ds deluxe? PKswitch? Maybe. Funnt would be if someone submited a new cfw that is way better than sx os
    Last edited by Dan-the-Rebirth, Sep 21, 2018
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  13. JinTrigger

    JinTrigger Asentrix Studios

    Jun 25, 2008
    United States
    Any reason only patron can vote?
    Ericthegreat likes this.
  14. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    it's an incentive to support our site and efforts, and we can't allow everyone to vote otherwise people would register a lot of dupe accounts and vote for themselves
  15. JinTrigger

    JinTrigger Asentrix Studios

    Jun 25, 2008
    United States
    Hmm. Cool just wondering. It does make sense. Hopefully, I'll have time to partake.
  16. nWo

    nWo The Game Master

    Oct 20, 2016
    This is awesome .
  17. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    thanks! and you know, the more this gets reported on to other sites, the more developers are likely to hear about it and enter.
    so spread the word if you want more & better homebrew :)
    BL4Z3D247, Ninn, CuriousTommy and 6 others like this.
  18. DarthDub

    DarthDub Amateur Hacker

    Jan 26, 2016
    United States
    Your mom's basement.
    Sure thing boss.
    Subtle Demise likes this.
  19. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    Very nice to see a new Homebrew bounty :) first off:

    "And let's not forget Team Xecuter who made a very generous donation too."

    I would rather see them add something to the scene, something that benefits everyone, something that they made themselves... if they would do that, then I'd feel a bit better about them.
    Last edited by Ericthegreat, Sep 21, 2018
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