RI Studios Host Global Game Jam 2019

BASIC INFO

Company Name: Global Game Jam, Inc.

Location: The Art Institute of Houston – 4140 Southwest Fwy · Houston, TX

Dates: January 25 – 27

Website: https://globalgamejam.org/2019/jam-sites/houston-global-game-jam

General Contact: Dennis Mathews <dmenace2@gmail.com>

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OVERVIEW

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event taking place in physical locations across the globe. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. The first Global Game Jam® was held in January, 2009 with 1600 people jamming in 23 countries. In 2019, the event has grown to over 800 sites in 103 countries with over 40,000 jammers!

You do not have to be an IGDA (https://www.igda.org/) member to participate in the Global Game Jam (GGJ). It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

GGJ’s mission is to stimulate innovation, experimentation, and collaboration in games. The annual event normally 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. All sites worldwide are challenged to make games based upon said theme within 48 hours. 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 organizer and a venue with internet access.

The jam, which is fully run by volunteers, 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 development roles and skills.

GGJ 2019 will take place January 25-27.

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