Announcing the winners of the Cultural Heritage Game Jam

Today the Cultural Heritage Game Jam, presented by Global Game Jam and the Cultural Antiquities Task Force in the Cultural Heritage Center of the US Department of State, came to a close with the awards ceremony held at the USA Pavilion at 2020 Expo Dubai.

Hosted by Global Game Jam Executive Director Kate Edwards, Eric Catalfomo Director, Cultural Heritage Center, US Dept of State and Dr. Catherine P. Foster, Program Director of the Cultural Antiquities Task Force in the Cultural Heritage Center of the US Department of State awards were presneted to the judge's choices in six categories along with the top five selections for the Grand Jury award.

It was a difficult task choosing the winners from the 116 amazing submissions we received for this jam but our judges did a great job so let's get to the winners!

Recognition Awards:
Best use of Education Design Principles: smART Detective
Most Innovative: INVOLVED
Most Engaging Design: SIG
Most Accessible Design: Ai Apaec
Best Art: Valorium
Best Audio: Purunmachu

4th Runner Up: Siamese: Puzzle Heritage Game
3rd Runner Up: INVOLVED
2nd Runner Up: Ai Apaec
1st Runner Up: smART Detective
Grand Jury Winner: Purunmachu


Screenshot from Grand Jury Winner Purnunmachu

The Purunmachu team really represented what this game jam was all about with team members from Peru, Sweden and Iran coming together to make an amazing game. Part of their prize will be a trip for some of the team members to GDC (Game Developers Conference) in March of 2022 where they will get to meet in person and take part in a panel discussing their experience with the jam and in making this game so be on the lookout for this session if you plan to attend GDC this year or have access to the GDC Vault as we are sure it will be fun and informative just like all of your games.

Congrats to our winners and thanks to everyone who participated in making this jam so impactful and such a huge success!

Watch the awards ceremony here: