After a bit of a break, we’re back for 2016 and we want to share the global experience of GGJ with all of our participants. We are looking for volunteers interested in hosting their own show during the jam. What kind of volunteers? What kind of shows? Radio what now? Follow this link for answers to all your questions and more: http://globalgamejam.org/radio/instructions
Earlier this year we announced that, thanks to GDC and UBM, the GGJ GDC Scholarship program would be available once again.
The response to the program has been overwhelming and the calibre of the candidates is a tribute to the talent and diversity of the GGJ community.
GGJ coordinators from eighteen countries have been contacted, offering them an All Access GDC pass for the conference to be held in San Francisco, USA in March next year.
The final GDC Scholarship recipients will not be confirmed until January, as its dependent on recipients confirming visa and travel arrangements. Should any recipients be unable to attend, another applicant will be contacted and offered their pass.
Currently the following countries will be representing Global Game Jam at the 2016 Game Developers' Conference:
We are super excited to announce that Global Game Jam® will be partnering with Twitch this year! As well as being silver sponsors, Twitch and GGJ have teamed up to offer us the ability to link the broadcasts of all our sites in one place.
We will be broadcasting from our very own GlobalGameJam channel for the whole event! We are currently on the lookout for Twitch broadcasting enthusiasts from around the world to help us present on our channel and make it a success. If you have had previous Twitch experience, or any media training - please get in touch.
As we gear up for another year of Global Game Jam®, at the time of writing we have 295 sites in 60 countries already registered to be part of what looks to be another record-breaking GGJ!
If there's no site near you, it's not too late to volunteer as a Site Organiser and apply to run a site in your home town. This interactive map shows you exactly what's happening where, and will be added to as more sites are approved.
What everyone is wondering is - just how many pizzas will we consume during #GGJ16?
Global Game Jam® Silver Sponsors, SideFX, are offering jammers a free three month Indie Houdini license to jam with!
Attention, this Houdini Indie license offer will expire on Wednesday, January 27th. If you'd like to use Houdini for the Global Game Jam, please follow the instructions below before the 27th. (Also, make sure you have all your game dev tools installed and ready to go BEFORE the game jam starts. Time is precious!).
To get you up to speed on the Houdini you can get your license sorted before #GGJ16. If you would like to make the most of this opportunity email "indielicense[at]sidefx[dot]com" and use the subject "Houdini Indie for Global Game Jam". In order to issue the license SideFX will need need your name and email address, so please include that info in the license request email.
Please note the three month period starts from when your request is processed, *not* from when you download the software.
Global Game Jam®, the biggest and most diverse gathering of game creators in the world, is happening again 29-31 January 2016 and you can be part of it!
Thanks to the amazing site organizers in 2015, we had 518 sites almost 80 countries and with your help we want to make 2016 bigger and better than ever. If you plan to be a marvellous site organizer for #GGJ16, you can register your site here.
A lot of people do amazing things to allow the Global Game Jam® to happen across over 500 sites in almost 80 countries. This year’s Executive Committee is keen to include even more countries and cultures and themselves are based in four continents across 7 time zones.
Introducing the people who make up the Executive Committee for #GGJ16:
Giselle Rosman - Executive Producer (Australia)
Giselle has been involved with GGJ since 2011 and has held positions as a Regional Organiser, an Executive Committee Member and a Board member, as well as running a large site in Melbourne, Australia for more than 200 jammers. For Giselle, GGJ is all about inclusivity, creativity and community.
We are proud to announce a new group of volunteers who will help manage GGJ 2016. Thank you to all the wonderful Regional Organizers for making the time to make GGJ great!
Subsaharan Africa: Sithé Ncube (Zambia)
North Africa: Yasmin Diab (Egypt)
Japan: Kosuke Kaneko
China: Wen Chen
Indonesia: Friya Dwi
Rest of Asia: Johnson Lin (Taiwan)
It may look quiet here, but rest assured there's plenty of activity underway already in preparation for Global Game Jam® 2016!
There will be more information soon and we can't wait to share it with you. Are you planning your GGJ yet? We'd love to hear about it on Twitter, you can chat with us via @GlobalGameJam or just use the hashtag, #GGJ16.
#ggj16 Fique de olho!!!
Pode parecer que estamos silenciosos ainda, mas tenha certeza que tem muita coisa acontecendo na preparação da Global Game Jam® 2016!
Teremos mais informações em breve e mal podemos esperar para compartilhar as novidades com você.
Já está planejando sua sede da GGJ? Gostaríamos muito de ouvir sobre sua preparação no Twitter, você pode conversar conosco através do @GlobalGameJam ou simplesmente usando a nossa hashtag, #ggj16.
We had another record-breaking year at Global Game Jam. 28,837 people registered for 518 jam sites in 78 countries and 5438 games were produced. We estimate actual in-person participation to be about 21,000 people, based on registered team members and known number of organizers.
We have had substantial increase in numbers every year. While we don't think this trend will necessarily continue for another seven years, we do recognize there are many more talented young game developers who could participate world wide. 78 countries is only about one third of the world.
Nothing could have been done without the active participation of many volunteers at multiple levels, chief among them the GGJ executive producer Ciro Durán whose team did a spectacular job of producing the event. Hundreds of people from sponsors to site organizers and their staffs had a part in this. Please see our credits page for more.