This year it's fully online because of Covid-19. Participants will be using digital platforms such as Discord to organise and arrange teams as well as showcase work. The theme will be kept secret until the last minute.
In a game jam, participants try to make - or start - a game from scratch, working in teams with a range of skill sets from programmers, designers, artists, writers and others in game-related fields. The games can be small text-based interactions, Instagram games, board games or digital games made using any game engine.
Register - or ask questions - at the Global Game Jam website for the UEL event and use #UELGGJ. Join the GGJ on Discord.
To find out more about how to start a career in computer games, see the University of East London's course webpages.
Global Game Jam: Factfile
- The Global Game Jam, founded in 2008, has over 900 locations in 100 countries.
- GGJ's mission is to stimulate innovation, experimentation, and collaboration in games. The annual event usually kicks off with video keynotes and advice from leaders in the game development industry.
- Previous themes have been: Repair; What Your Home Means To You; Transmission; and Waves. And GGJ hackathons have resulted in published games such as Screencheat, Surgeon Simulator and Mushroom 11.
- GGJ organisers say the GGJ encourages collaboration and its events are not a competition. The event is well-known for fostering friendships while increasing confidence and opportunities within participating communities.