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Global Game Jam Online

UEL a host venue for global event

For the second time, the University of East London is a venue host for the world’s largest game creation event GGJ – Global Game Jam.

This year it’s fully online because of Covid-19.

Staff and students are invited to sign-up for the event which will be using digital platforms such as Discord to organise and arrange teams as well as showcase work.

Anyone 18+ can join in, including those not connected to the University, and there’s a special invitation for students and staff outside the computer games discipline to sign up – from departments such as Computer Science and Arts and Media.

A game jam is a contest where participants try to make a video game from scratch, working in teams with a range of skill sets from programmers, designers, artists, writers and others in game-related fields.

Register – or ask questions – at the Global Game Jam website for the UEL event and don’t forget to use #UELGGJ

About Global Game Jam

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.

The jam formally begins after an announcement of the year’s theme, kept secret until the last second.

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. 

Friday, 29 January 2021 17:00 to Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:00