The 2017 Global Game Jam is almost upon us!
More Details are here! A big thanks to our friends from the Cleveland Game Dev Meetup group.
RSVP and order your tickets. YOU MUST purchase your tickets in order to participate in this game jam.
Your ticket price includes snacks and beverages all weekend long as well as a pizza dinner and networking opportunity on Friday night. Keynote speakers and the theme announcement will start promptly at 6:00 PM Friday night. Final game demos and presentations will start at 3:00 PM Sunday. Participants may stay/sleep at LaunchHouse overnight (bring a pillow), but re-entry will not be permitted between midnight and 10 AM. A ticket is required, even if you just want to watch.
Tickets Available on Eventbrite: https://ggj2017-cleveland.eventbrite.com
Cleveland Game Devs Meetup RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/clevelandgamedev/events/236185484/
People interested in working with a team may form it in advance or take part in pitch sessions on Friday evening that will help make potential matches. Solo work is also an option. Participants will need to bring their own laptops, desktops, prototyping materials, software, or technology they need for creating games. WIFI internet access will be available. Participants also have the option to build “paper prototype” games or board games using whatever supplies they wish to bring.
REMEMBER: Even if you RSVP here, you will still need to purchase your ticket in order to attend. Your ticket purchase will reserve your space for attending the game jam. Once I have the purchasing details, I will post them here.
675 Alpha Drive
Highland Heights, OH 44143
Friday, January 20th at 5:00 PM to Sunday, January 22th at 5:00 PM. Participants may stay/sleep at LaunchHouse overnight (bring a pillow), but re-entry will not be permitted between midnight and 10 AM.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Below are the official details from GGJ officials:
Innovation – Experimentation – Collaboration
The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.
The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. In January 2015, we had over 600 locations in 93 countries create 6866 games in one weekend! GGJ 2017 is January 20-22 at a location near you… if not you can make one of your own. The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.
The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.
WHAT IS A GAME JAM?
“Jam” is a reference to musician jam sessions, not traffic or spreadable fruit.
The goal is to come together and make a video game, or non-digital game like a board game or card game. Participants rapidly prototype game designs and hopefully inject new ideas to help grow the game industry. We share a common theme and constraints. We ask participants to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed time (maximum of 48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL GAME JAM® ?
The GGJ brings together talented individuals from within your community. It is a unique opportunity for people to push their skills and challenge their way of working. Participants work concurrently with developers around the globe; we rally around a central theme, and then have 48 hours to create a game. 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!
WHEN IS THE GLOBAL GAME JAM® ?
The Global Game Jam® is an annual event. The 2017 GGJ will start at 5pm (in your time zone) on January 20 and goes for ~48 hours through January 22, 2017.
WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE GLOBAL GAME JAM®?
Here they are:
October 1, 2016: End of the early-bird sponsorship special
October, 2016: globalgamejam.org open to accept new jam site applications
November, 2016: globalgamejam.org open for jammer sign ups
January 1, 2017: regular jam site registration period ends
January 15, 2017: late jam site registration period ends
Week of January 20, 2017: GGJ 2017 starts worldwide.
IS GGJ AN ONLINE JAM?
No, you need to sign up at one of the many, many local sites around the world in over 90 countries and participate on-site together with all other registered participants. There you will form teams and create a game over the weekend.
WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL HASHTAG FOR GLOBAL GAME JAM® 2017?
IS THERE JUST ONE THEME?
Yes, all locations all over the world share the same theme for the jam.
I WANT TO KNOW THE THEME!
The theme is announced at each local jam site after 5pm local time on Friday. Timezones from New Zealand to Hawaii are all participating. As we aim for all jammers to have the same experience we ask everyone to keep the global theme a secret until the last region (Hawaii) starts. We announce the theme on our website and social media after Hawaii has joined the jam.
For themes from past years, see the Global Game Jam® History.
DO I NEED SPECIAL SKILLS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GGJ?
Although having computer skills is helpful, experience is not necessary. Designers, developers, artists and anyone is welcome to try their hand at making a game during the GGJ. Even if you have no expereince at all, you can still participate by contributing ideas, playtesting, and giving moral support to your team. You could work on a non-digital game, and then there’s no need for code!
Global Game Jam® encourages innovation, experimentation and collaboration and encourages both digital and non-digital forms of game making. Global Game Jam® supports safe space events and likes to encourage everyone to make games!
IS THE GGJ ONLY FOR PROFESSIONALS?
No. Everyone is welcome. Check with your local site for any age restrictions.
I am a participant at [insert local site] do I need to register on the global site?
Yes. Many sites will have a local site registration requirement. You will also need your global registration to join your site online and upload your game.
WHO OWNS THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF GAMES MADE DURING GGJ?
The team/makers of the game hold all IP rights. However, the Global Game Jam® may use the games for demonstration as it sees fit. All games must be posted in the condition they are in as of the close of the GGJ event (Sunday), including both executable and source code (or equivalent). All participants and all games entered for GGJ must agree to a Creative Commons, share, alter, no sell license. Third party tools and software may be used in the projects and need not be uploaded or shared. Clear instructions must be provided as to how to obtain and install any third party software that is necessary for further development.
Please note that creative commons license has been updated to a version 4 since this page was made, so you can either choose the above v3 license or go with this v4 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 version.
See also: the License and Distribution Agreement.
IS THERE A CUT-OFF DATE AS TO WHEN WE CAN JOIN THE GLOBAL GAME JAM®?
Site registration normally opens early October, and we encourage all sites to sign up by mid November. After December 1st, it may be more difficult to register. Because there is a fair amount of preparation needed to put together a jam, we think you should plan as far ahead as possible and register before December 1st.
The Global Game Jam® is supposed to be fun and collaborative, with a goal to keep things very simple. We provide structure, guidance and help for all locations participating in the GGJ. As a rule, we expect that no team/makers of a game will illegally exploit others’ IP, and that in turn, everything created becomes part of the public domain. All participants agree that their participation in the Global Game Jam® will hold no one liable for any loss or damage.
The Global Game Jam® reserves the right to refuse to allow anyone or any jam location to participate at any time for any reason or no reason at all. This includes after the game jam has already started.
INCLUSIVENESS POLICY, CODE OF CONDUCT, & FEEDBACK FORM
In addition to Global Game Jam® being fun and collaborative, we also want to keep it safe and open to all. Please review our Inclusiveness Policy and Code of Conduct to learn more about our expectations for the community both online and at jam locations. Any questions, comments, concerns or reports can be sent through the Global Game Jam® Feedback Form.
WHAT SOFTWARE SHOULD I USE TO MAKE A GAME?
You can develop using any tools for any platform that you want. If you don’t know where to start, check here for a list of Jammer Resources. The list contains some special deals such as free software downloads for all GGJ participants, and community-made lists of other resources, and is definitely worth checking out!
CAN I MAKE A BOARD GAME, CARD GAME OR OTHER PHYSICAL GAME INSTEAD OF A VIDEO GAME?
Yes! Global Game Jam® does support the making of non-digital games. Talk to your local site organizer. Some hints for how to do this can be found here.