Global Game Jam
Global Game Jam, Inc.®
Over 850 locations worldwide. HQ in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
The Global Game Jam® (GGJ®) is the world's largest game creation event taking place in physical locations across the globe. Think of it as a 48 hour hackathon focused on game development around a theme.
GGJ’s mission is to stimulate innovation, experimentation, and collaboration in games. The annual event begins on a Friday afternoon in January and kicks off with video keynotes and advice from leaders in the game development industry. The jam formally begins after an announcement of the year’s theme, kept secret until the last second, and not revealed publicly until 5pm at our last time zone to start: Hawaii!
The GGJ encourages collaboration and is not a competition. Anyone can apply to host a jam site as long as they have a dedicated jam organiser who agrees to follow a few GGJ rules, and a venue with internet access.
The jam, which is fully run by volunteers with the exception of two paid GGJ staff members (the Executive Director and Executive Producer), is known for fostering friendships while increasing confidence and opportunities within participating communities. Each GGJ event poses an intellectual challenge where people are invited to try new technology and tools while exploring new roles and skills.
Global Game Jam, Inc.® was founded in July 2008 as a project of the International Game Developers Association’s Game Education Special Interest Group. It has since grown into its own, becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in May 2012.
Founding members of Global Game Jam, Inc. (2013) were: Zuraida Buter, Dustin Clingman, Elonka Dunin, Susan Gold, Foaad Khosmood, Gorm Lai, Ian Schreiber.
The first Global Game Jam® was held in January, 2009 with 1600 people jamming in 23 countries. In 2019, the event has grown to 860 sites in 113 countries with over 47,000 jammers who collectively made over 9,000 games!
Notable Global Game Jam® Games:
What is a Game Jam?
GGJ20 Teaser Trailer
GGJ19 Hello Video
To see more GGK videos, check out our YouTube channel.
La Casa de Pizza" - Global Game Jam Curitiba
Brainstorming session in Furtwangen, Germany
Bread for breakfast, GGJ Delhi NCR, India
Group photo from Ourinhos, Brazil
Group shot from São Luís, Brazil
Jammers at Davao, Philippines
Nap time but the clock is ticking! In Rio Grande, Argentina
Selfie! At Curitiba - Brazil
jammers at Kastoria, Greece
Jammers taking a break in Napal
selfie! Erbil, Iraq
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Awards & Recognition.
IGDA - 2018 - Decade of Achievement Award
Indiecade - 2017 - Decade of Positive Social Impact Award
Global Game Jam® Leadership.