Playcrafting | NYC | Online

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Event Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 7:00pm
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* All timing is EST. Updates and additional info will be added in the coming days.*

Join The Playcrafting Global Game Jam Site:

We are excited to announce our 2021 Global Game Jam (GGJ) site! If you’re not familiar with GGJ, it is the world’s largest game creation event taking place around the globe, typically at physical locations. Playcrafting has been a site organizer since 2016. Our 2020 site was the biggest in the United States and the second-largest in the world with more than 750 jammers.

All games will have the same theme, which will be announced at the live opening event on Thursday. If you have more questions about how the Global Game Jam works, visit

Playcrafting’s Global Game Jam Online Venue:

Our Sponsors:

Stadia Makers

Blinks by Move38

Avalanche Studios

Unreal Engine & Quixel


Game Jam Registration:

This event is free, but you must register on the GGJ site to be a part of the festivity! Each participant will need to create a profile with your full name, contact information (please include your Discord handle), and skills.

If you already have a team, please add “I have a team” in the profile along with your teammates’ names.

If you’re looking to join a team, please add “I need a team” in the profile. And enter your information in this spreadsheet. This will help us to form your team. We have a team size limit of 5. 

Need help registering and joining our site? Check out the step-by-step instructions here


This year, the event will run from Wednesday, January 27th through Sunday, January 31st, 2021. Detailed schedule is as below.

Wednesday, January 27th

Going over logistics and key information of the event on Discord.

Thursday, January 28th | Jam Day 1

6 PM ET Kickoff event and announce the theme on Playcrafting’s Twitch.


8 PM ET Getting Started in Unreal Engine by Kyle Erf and Patrick McAvena 

Tune in on Playcrafting’s YouTube.

Friday, January 29th | Jam Day 2


10 AM ET The Basics of Sound Design by Alyssa Menes

11 AM ET Building for VR in Unity by Rustin Wollin

Tune in on Playcrafting’s YouTube.

Saturday, January 30th | Jam Day 3


10 AM ET Smart Tabletop Development with the Blinks Game System! by Move38

11 AM ET Writing and Games by Cara Hillstock (aka Cheratomo) 

12 PM ET Game Design with Alternative Controls by Francesca Carletto-Leon

Tune in on Playcrafting’s YouTube.

Sunday, January 31st | Last day of GGJ 2021

Projects to be submitted by 5 PM ET --.

Wednesday, February 3rd

6 PM ET Closing event and winners announcement on Playcrafting’s Twitch.

Project Submission:

All projects must be submitted to the GGJ website by 5 PM ET on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 in order to be considered for prizes. 

Code of Conduct:

This is an inclusive site – people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join. You do not need to be an active game developer to participate. Many game developers will be in attendance, too!

In the interest of fostering an inclusive and safe environment at all of our events, our Code of Conduct will be enforced.

Adapting For The Virtual Setting:

  • The opening and closing events will take place on Twitch.
  • The workshops will be hosted on YouTube.
  • Discord will be our main channel of communications.
  • Jammers can sign up with their own teams. If you don't have teammates, we will coordinate and help with team formation. 
Who Can Participate: 
Age Restrictions: 
18+ only

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