The Global Game Jam® returns once again to sites all over the world from Friday, January 31st to Sunday, February 2nd, and has added five new countries this year that have never participated in GGJ® before, including Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Cyprus, Sudan and Mauritius! Currently over 11,000 jammers have registered at 749 jam sites across 104 countries, and this is the final call for new site registrations for 2020. The site registration deadline of January 12th is fast approaching, so register your jam site today! More locations are added every day, so keep up to speed with our live status map for the latest updates.
The Global Game Jam is a yearly event that unifies professional, student and hobbyist game designers in an international unified effort to create game experiences based around a central theme, which changes every year. Every year the theme remains a surprise until the jam starts, providing a fair and even challenge to all participants. This year will kick off with videos from our keynote speaker Chris Avellone, as well as jamming mental health advice and tips from the charity Take This. After this, the secret theme will be revealed and the jam will commence for 48 hours of fun, creativity and collaboration.
“Hosting a Global Game Jam site in your local community is an activity that is fun and brings positive changes to all who participate,” said Joseph Olin, President of Global Game Jam. “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.”
“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,” said Kate Edwards, Executive Director of the Global Game Jam. “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.”
The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam that provides a common theme where amateur, professional and hobbyist game creators can join in, creating video games in physical locations around the world. It brings together creative minds to share experiences and express thoughts, ideas and sentiments through the medium of video games. The weekend stirs an international, creative buzz in the industry, exploring the process of game development in every aspect, including programming, iterative design, narrative exploration and artistic expression. Condensed into a 48-hour development cycle, the GGJ encourages people of all backgrounds to participate and contribute to the spread of game development and creativity in an open, non-competitive atmosphere.