The Global Game Jam returns at the end of January, make sure your site is registered before this weekend’s deadline.
This year’s Global Game Jam runs from January 31 to February 2 at 749 locations across 104 countries. The 2020 jam includes, for the first time, sites in Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Cyprus, Sudan, and Mauritius. If you want to add to that total, don’t delay, the site registration deadline is January 12, 2020.
The annual 48-hour event brings together professional game developers, students, and hobbyists to create new game experiences based around a central theme. The jam encompasses every aspect of game development, including design, programming, narrative, audio, and artistic expression. So far, over 11,000 ‘jammers’ are expected to participate.
Before this year’s theme is revealed, keynote speaker Chris Avellone will deliver a keynote address, and there will mental health advice and tips from the charity, Take This.
Joseph Olin, president of Global Game Jam, says:
“Hosting a jam site in your local community is an activity that is fun and brings positive changes to all who participate. Our continued growth, year-after-year is a testimony to the value of the event. We welcome all to the GGJ family and are always thrilled by the incredible games that our ‘jammers’ create each year.”
The event’s new executive director, Kate Edwards, adds:
“GGJ 2020 marks my first year as Executive Director for the Global Game Jam, and I can’t express what an honor it is to see the hard work from our amazing team over the past year coming to fruition. Working with this amazing charity has opened my eyes to what a great impact a small staff and a massive team of volunteers can have on a global scale.”
If want to register a site or find out more information visit the Global Game Jam 2020 website.
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