A game jam is an event where students, alumni, and video game industry professionals come together to develop video games. Participants will rapidly prototype game designs and inject new ideas to help grow the game industry. They share a common theme and constraints. Participants create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed time. The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.
Global Game Jam (GGJ) brings together talented individuals from within the game development community. It is a unique opportunity for participants to push their skills and challenge their way of working. Participants work concurrently around the globe, rallying around a central theme, to create a game within a prescribed timeframe. It’s our hope that we will see some very experimental realized prototypes that you can continue to work on after the jam. Many games developed in previous Game Jams have become fully realized games. The GGJ is open source, hardware & software agnostic and all projects are protected under a Creative Commons license. We encourage people to try out new ideas and push themselves, within reason. We also strongly encourage participants to remember to eat and sleep, to stay at their best!
Anyone can participate, as long as they are over the age of majority in the country hosting the jam (in most places this is 18, but check with your local site if you are not sure). Underage jammers can also participate if they are accompanied by a legal guardian.
Experience is not necessary. Designers, developers, artists, musicians, knitters, gardeners, architects, everyone and anyone is welcome to try their hand at making a game during the GGJ. You can lean many new skills and support your team by contributing ideas, playtesting, and giving moral support. You could work on a non-digital game, and then there’s no need for code!
WHEN IS THE GLOBAL GAME JAM?
GGJ 2022 will being world-wide on January 20 – January 30, 2022.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?
To register for GGJ 2022, sign up here.