Train2Game News Global Game Jam 2021

The University of East London is a venue host for the world’s largest game creation event GGJ – Global Game Jam – and the organisers are looking beyond gaming for recruits.

Anyone over 18 can join in and there’s a special invitation for students and staff outside the computer games discipline to sign up – from programmers, designers, architects, writers and artists of all kinds. Experience is not necessary, and organisers are looking to hear from a diverse range of voices. 

The Global Game Jam Online runs 29-31 January, starting at 5pm. 

Games designer and lecturer Shringi Kumari said, “There are so many skills we need to call on to make a fully rounded game so we’re hoping for a diverse range of talents to sign up. 

“The Game Jam provides an opportunity to expand what video games could or should be, which is why diverse voices and fresh perspectives are so welcome. 

“Because of Covid-19 and the lockdown, interest in computer games has gone through the roof. This kind of Game Jam is not only a lot of fun and a chance to meet like-minded people, but it provides a window on the type of collaboration and skills people in the sector might need to turn a passion into a career.” 

This year it’s fully online because of Covid-19. Participants will be using digital platforms such as Discord to organise and arrange teams as well as showcase work. The theme will be kept secret until the last minute. 

In a game jam, participants try to make – or start – a game from scratch, working in teams with a range of skill sets from programmers, designers, artists, writers and others in game-related fields. The games can be small text-based interactions, Instagram games, board games or digital games made using any game engine. 

Register – or ask questions – at the Global Game Jam website for the UEL event and don’t forget to use #UELGGJ. Join the GGJ on Discord.  

To find out more about how to start a career in computer games, see the University of East London’s course webpages

Train2Game News Global Game Jam partnered with GDC

​Global Game Jam® (GGJ), the world’s largest game jam event taking place in physical locations across the globe, announced today that it has partnered with the Game Developers Conference® to offer 25 Global Game Jam volunteers an all-access pass to GDC 2017 in San Francisco, CA on March 1-3, 2017.
For three years in a row, the Global Game Jam and Game Developers Conference have offered scholarships to GGJ organizers, regional organizers or other volunteer affiliates with a goal of reward those participants from underrepresented regions of the world and countries where none or few GGJ sites normally participate. The scholarships give participants an opportunity to further their career development through networking and on-site learning at GDC, the world’s largest forum for the game development community to come together and share ideas.

“Last year, we we’re able to offer scholars from Cuba, Zambia, Pakistan and a number of other areas the opportunity to attend GDC” said Gorm Lai, president and founder of the Global Game Jam. “By offering these scholarships, we hope that our volunteers are able to bring the information that they learn from the conference to grow their local game development communities and further their own careers.”

Interested parties can apply for a scholarship by filling out a short application and survey. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2016 and decisions will be made by the GGJ scholarship community as early as January 1, 2017.

Train2Game News WeWanaPlay Game Jam

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Gaming industry professionals and students from across the West Midlands will be heading to Birmingham City University on 23 January to make new computer games – in just one weekend.

Hosted by the University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment and co-organised with Birmingham gaming app-makers WewanaPlay, the event forms part of the Global Game Jam (GGJ) – the world’s largest game jam event which last year saw almost 3000 games created.

Taking place at Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus, participants from the West Midlands will join more than 7,000 people worldwide as they compete to make the best computer games in 48 hours.

“Computer games are of growing importance to our regional economy and we are very fortunate to have so many great innovative indie game studios so close to our City Centre Campus. Our highly respected computer games technology course is leading the way in providing exceptional young talent to these companies”, said Andrew Wilson, Programme Leader for Computer Games Technology at Birmingham City University.

“This event will emphasize both the regional and global importance that computer games play and it’s an amazing opportunity to network with industry professionals, learn new skills and share best practice.”

On arrival at the event, a secret theme will be announced which must form part of all of the games created. Attendees will be invited to explore new technology tools, take on new roles in games development and test their skills as they design, develop, create and test new games over two days.

To find out more visit http://www.blog.wewanaplay.com/