Global Game Jam 2018
26 – 28 January 2018
The end of January 2018 will see the world's largest game development event taking place. Spread over 90 local locations around the world, designers, developers and artists will come together in teams to create digital or analogue game-prototypes within the space of 48 hours.
Basically, this event is a huge hackathon with international locations participating in game development. If you want to know where your nearest location is, check out the Global Game Jam website. If there is no location near you, you can choose your own location to take part in the Global Game Jam next year. The registration deadline for new locations for this year expired on 5 January 2018.
The Jam will kick off on Friday afternoon with an introductory video for all participating teams in which leading game developers share their expertise and give advice. The opening speakers this year are Robin Hunicke and Thorsten S. Wiedemann. In the video, the teams will also discover the secret theme of this year's Global Game Jam. The teams then have 48 hours to develop digital or analogue game prototypes on the given topic. In 2017, 700 teams from 95 countries produced a total of 7,000 games.
The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in trying out and developing something in the field of game development. It brings together a variety of skill profiles, generating a creative hothouse for innovation in programming, design, narrative and artistic expression. Participants have the opportunity to try out new technical tools and discover other roles in game development. The Jam is also known for creating new friendships and opportunities within the game community. It’s important to remember that the Global Game Jam is not about competition but collaboration.
The organisation behind the event is called Global Game Jam Inc., an international non-profit organisation based in California that aims to promote game design and education through innovative event formats.