Global Game Jam Press Kit

Factsheet

Global Game Jam

Company:

Global Game Jam, Inc.®

Over 850 locations worldwide. HQ in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Founding date:

July 2008

Website:

globalgamejam.org

Press contact:

[email protected]

Sponsorship enquiries

[email protected]

General enquiries

[email protected]

Social:

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Hashtag: #GGJ20

Description

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.

History

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!

Jam Statistics!

Listing of site numers per country, per year

Year Dates Sites Countries Jammers Games Theme
2019 Jan 25-27 860 113 47,006 9,010 "What home means to you"
2018 Jan 26-28 803 108 42,800 8,606 "Transmission"
2017 Jan 20-22 701 95 36,401 7,263 "Waves"
2016 Jan 29-31 632 93 36,164 6,866 "Ritual"
2015 Jan 23-25 518 78 28,800 5,438 "What do we do now"
2014 Jan 24-26 488 72 23,189 4,292 "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are"
2013 Jan 25-27 319 63 16,705 3,248 The sound of a heartbeat
2012 Jan 25-27 319 63 16,705 3,248 An image of Ouroboros
2011 Jan 28-30 169 44 6,500 900 "Extinction"
2010 Jan 29-31 138 39 4,300 900 Deception
2009 Jan 30 - Feb 01 53 23 1,650 370 "As long as we have each other, we will never run out of problems"

Notable Global Game Jam® Games:

Other noteworthy games

Steam list of GGJ games

Videos.

What is a Game Jam?

GGJ19 Keynote

GGJ18 Teaser Trailer

GGJ19 Hello Video

To see more GGK videos, check out our YouTube channel.

Images.

Download all images as a .zip fies (3.2 MB)

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

Logos.

Brand Guidelines

See this link for GGJ brand guidelines. Please adhere to this guide when using the GGJ branding and logo on your websites and posters.

SVG Logos

Links to the latest logos in SVG format can be found here:

PNG Logos

Links to the latest logos in PNG format can be found here:

Awards & Recognition.

IGDA - 2018 - Decade of Achievement Award

Indiecade - 2017 - Decade of Positive Social Impact Award

Selected Articles

Global Game Jam® Leadership.

Board Staff
Joseph Olin

President
Kate Edwards

Executive Director
Susan Gold

Vice President
Jo Summers
Executive Producer
Houssem ben Amor
Treasurer
Justin Berenbaum
Ashley Brown
Alexander L. Fernandez
​Foaad Khosmood
Gorm Lai
Astrid Mie Refstrup

List of core volunteers for 2019

Historical jam listings