...and the last hour in Hawaii goes away, it's time to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers, regional coordinators, site organizers, collaborators, that have put so much effort in making this a reality. Also, thanks to all our participants, we hope you've had as much fun as we have making this for you. The Global Game Jam is a great opportunity to connect with people, to share experiences, and create something. Videogames do not escape to our own cultures, and it's a great moment to step back and admire and celebrate our differences and our similarities.
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San Luis Obispo, California -- January 21, 2015. The Global Game Jam, Inc. released today the annual jam’s keynote video featuring short speeches by Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris, Amora Bettany, Pedro Medeiros and Reiner Knizia. Often called the world’s largest game creation activity, the Global Game Jam (GGJ) brings together tens of thousands of game makers who meet in hundreds of locations around the world for the 48 hour annual event. With approved participating locations in 79 countries, the GGJ 2015 participation statistics are expected to surpass all previous records.
As all of you wait for the theme to be announced, here is something to get your creative mind already working: A list of additional design constraints – The Global Game Jam 2015 Diversifiers!
These videos were recorded at the end of GGJ 2014 and serve as a nice reminder of how much fun and exciting GGJ can be!
Dear GGJ fans,
GGJ is the largest jam in the world. We are expected to break 30,000 participants in January 2016, as we get ready to do this for the eighth time. In honor of that milestone, here are a few things you can do to support Global Game Jam now.
I was raised in the USA and never learned a 2nd language. Now that I look back on my formative years at school I realize what a mistake. Luckily as a Professor and starting the Global Game Jam has granted me entré to many opportunities and thankfully, games translate universally, no language lessons needed. But most excitedly, when I travel it is easy to find fans of the Global Game Jam. I am now transitioning to be the GGJ International Ambassador after having served as President of the organization for the past two years. I will be traveling all over the world, attending conferences, speaking and talking to everyone about the Global Game Jam and our new initiatives. Please contact me if you would like me to be a speaker at an upcoming event. I am super excited and look forward to meeting the thousands of people that make up the GGJ.
- Number of registered GGJ locations: 488
- Number of participating countries: 72 (+9 from 2013)
- First-time participating countries: Bulgaria, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malta, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Zambia
- Registered jammers: 23,198
- Game projects: 4,290