[Press Release Global Game Jam 2018 #GGJ18]
Global Game Jam 2018, the largest game making event in the world is taking place this weekend
Get creative at the world’s largest game jam; Global Game Jam ® 2018
San Luis Obispo, CA, January 26th, 2018: Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam. GGJ is celebrating its 10th anniversary and largest event yet. Since 2009, GGJ has consistently provided a space for developers all around the world to create games and be a part of something larger than just themselves, their community, or their country.
#GGJ18 Largest Game Jam
The first GGJ had 1,650 participants in 23 countries. Now, with over 40,000 projected participants and 805 sites in 109 countries spanning every populated continent on the planet, GGJ is breaking records once again. Many of our sites are hosting hundreds of people, with our Cairo, Egypt site holding the world record for the largest physical game jam with an expected 1800+ people.
We are on this weekend between Friday the 26th and Sunday the 28th and we can’t wait to play what you make.
We have extra celebrations for the occasion including #GGJCake, where we will see birthday celebrations for GGJ happening all across the world. We are excited to welcome over 40,000 people to come and be creative in making thousands of games of all kinds.
Perhaps most exciting is the rise of specific sites; we have a board game-only site, a LARPing-only site, VR-only sites, and a single Escape Room-only Jam Site. We are proud to be an all-inclusive event and welcome any adult as long as you were born on Earth. Come join us, find your local site here, and bring your friends. We can’t wait to see what you create!
#GGJ18 Keynote Speakers
We have two amazing keynote speakers for everyone to enjoy this year too. We are pleased to announce Robin Hunicke, Co-Founder of the independent game studio Funomena, and Thorsten S. Wiedemann, founder, and director of A MAZE festival. Their inspiring talks will open up the jam and motivate our participants to get the best out of the weekend. Their keynote presentations will be played at the beginning of the event, along with revealing the all-important secret theme. The keynote has been translated into over 20 languages this year making it more accessible than ever.
We have partnered with Unity, Amazon Appstore, and many more great organizations to help build games and dreams at our amazing event this weekend. This is shaping up to be an event unlike any before! To learn more about GGJ, you can find us on Facebook or Twitter, or tune in to our 50-hour live stream on Twitch, featuring sites jamming from all over the world.
About Global Game Jam ®
Founded in 2008, the Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event. GGJ is taking place around the world at physical locations. Since hosting its first event in January 2009, the Global Game Jam has grown to over 800 sites in 109 countries. GGJ also has as many as 40,000 developers coming together to create games while using an event-wide theme in less than 48 hours.
The event is managed by Global Game Jam, Inc., which is an International non-profit with an IRS 501c(3) charitable designation. GGJ is a majority volunteer-run and international non-profit organization based in San Luis Obispo, California. GGJ continues to grow with the very hard work of GGJ leadership, site organizers, and participants. For more information, visit www.globalgamejam.org or follow GGJ on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.
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