The Global Game Jam® Announces Academic Event, University Relations and Research Chair

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San Luis Obispo, California, (August 30, 2016) -- The Global Game Jam®  (GGJ) and the International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation (ICGJ) are joining forces. ICGJ will become the second event to be managed and organized by Global Game Jam Inc., an educational nonprofit based in San Luis Obispo, California. Dr. Allan Fowler, founder of ICGJ commented:

The Global Game Jam is the go-to place for anything related to game jams, both inside and outside of academia, and thus I am very happy to work with GGJ board to make this unique academic event even more exciting.

First announced in 2015, ICGJ is the world’s first and only academic conference on game jams. The 2016 event featured twelve accepted papers and three showcase games, in addition to a keynote and a panel discussion. The acceptance rate was 40%. Proceedings of the one-day conference are published at the ACM Digital Library. The 2017 event is scheduled for February 26 and hosted at Github headquarters in San Francisco. It is keenly anticipated by researchers and scholars with an interest in game jams and rapid prototyping.

Dr. Allan Fowler was tapped in June to head Global Game Jam’s research organization as the new research chair. GGJ board member and American University Professor Lindsay Grace will lead the overall university relations for Global Game Jam. Fowler and Grace are co-chairs of ICGJ 2017.

As the world’s largest game jam, GGJ has always had a strong following in academia. Not only do many schools host a location of  their own and encourage their students to participate, the GGJ is increasingly used as a vehicle for scientific research. Gorm Lai, President and co-founder of Global Game Jam said:

Our charity, Global Game Jam Inc. has now reached a level of maturity where we are ready to take on additional initiatives. Because of the strong connection that we already have with academia, and all the exciting new research that is taking place on game jams, joining forces with ICGJ seems like the natural next step for us.

* Photos: Allan Fowler (left) and Lindsay Grace (right)

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About the Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam, Inc. is an educational nonprofit public charity based in San Luis Obispo California. The ninth Global Game Jam event will be held January 20-22, 2017 in hundreds of locations worldwide. The 2016 event attracted 36,000 game developers, and produced in excess of 6500 games in one weekend. Jam sites were organized in a record 93 countries. For more information, please visit:

Global Game Jam is made possible by its sponsors, including Facebook, and volunteers generously donating their time, space and passion across six continents.

About International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation


The International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events (ICGJ) is a peer reviewed academic conference occurring annually. It was founded in 2015 by Allan Fowler and Foaad Khosmood to provide an academic venue to exchange ideas and to elevate the status of game jam research. The conference proceedings are published through the Association of Computing Machinery's digital library (ACM digital Library). The next conference will be held in San Francisco on February 26, 2017.

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