I've never participated in a Ludum Dare, but I've been looking for a chance to take part for about a year now. I think I'll be able to join in the upcoming LD #32 though. It's currently only about a month away, so I'm started to get excited about it. I wanted to prepare myself a bit by looking into the history of Ludum Dare. Sadly, I couldn't really find any good numbers and statistics for past events. So I decided to gather my own.
Using Ludum Dare's website, I've been able to piece together all the participants from earlier LDs up until the most recent one. Sadly, I could only find the entries from Ludum Dare #10 onwards, so my stats don't include any data from the first 9 events. If anyone has any info on these early LDs, please let me know! I also didn't include any of the Mini LD's. I might add them in the future, but for now, I'm focusing on the main events.
After collecting everything into a little database, I turned the resulting records into the charts below. In total, there are:
- 36 events:
- 22 compos (#10 to #31)
- 14 jams (#18 to #31)
- during which 21,580 games were created:
- 14,404 for compos
- 7,176 for jams
- by 11,226 different users:
- 7,726 people joined one or more compos
- 4,956 people joined one or more jams
- 1,456 people joined both a compo and a jam