let's build worlds together

Stuck indoors? Design your own video game through practical quests delivered by some of the UK’s biggest games studios, with live masterclasses, free software and a supportive online community.


How it works

Side Quest is for anyone that builds or wants to build games. Never made a game before? Get your paper Prototyping Pack, free copy of GameMaker Studio 2 and tutorials here.  

Ready to go? Join our Discord community for next steps and watch our daily live streams from industry professionals guiding you through the game-making process.

Once you’re done, submit your finished games at the end of the week to see them shared and played around the world while building your portfolio of work.

Side Quest will always be 100% free ❤️

  • Build a game in 7+ days.
  • A new quest theme from the UK’s biggest game studios every 2 weeks.
  • No powerful computer or coding required.
  • Live weekly streamed masterclasses from industry professionals.

NEXT quest


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Build a game in just one week alongside Codemasters, the veteran UK studio behind the Dirt series.

Join Into Games and Codemasters for the next edition of Side Quest! Throughout the week, we’ll be joined by industry professionals at Codemasters showing you the processes behind developing the next-gen iteration of the famous Dirt series - Dirt 5. We’ll be revealing the next Quest alongside this on Saturday 3rd October at 5pm BST - so stay tuned!

Join this Quest on Discord
If you have never made a game before, see our resources section for first steps

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