I will confirm this with the judges, but here is a first answer
Here is my opinion:
1) Using sprites from another game when you don't have the rights for these sprites is illegal in most countries of the world. This is called counterfeit and is very risky business.
2) because of rule 1 above, asking if we would accept your game in the competition is quite silly. We only accept stuff that is legal, obviously
3) Many Homebrew programmers don't have the means to create graphics, and have a tendency to reuse existing stuff... we can't control that every single sprite is legally used, so most likely some entries will be using content they are not allowed to use, and we won't notice (we will do our best though)
My official answer is: don't submit illegal stuff, of course!
My personal answer is: we probably won't reject an entry that uses unauthorized sprites (because we can't check everything), but if we know/learn that there is some illegal content in the homebrew, this will strongly impact the judges' vote.
If you have the possibility and time, I strongly suggest you consider creating your own sprites for the game, or find a designer willing to help you.
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