What is a game jam?

What is a game jam?

A game jam brings together all types of game developers, amateurs, professionals and students to innovate new games in a single weekend or a similar short time span. Typically participants work in small teams, racing to produce as complete a game as possible with limited time and resources, but unlimited creativity.

Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam is a worldwide event and world’s largest game jam event in which several game jams are organized all over the world at the same time. The event lasts 48 hours, and is arranged on last weekend of January, starting on Friday at 17:00 GMT+13 in New Zealand and then at 17:00 local time in each time zone. All Global Game Jam sites have the same theme, which is revealed just before the jamming begins.

The first GGJ was held in 2009 with 1650 participants in 23 countries, producing 370 games. The event has grown each year, and in 2014 the number of participants had increased to 23,189 in 72 countries with 4292 games.

GGJ is a volunteer run organization, created in collaboration between Susan Gold, Gorm Lai and Ian Schrieber. Visit the GGJ website to find more information about the GGJ and browse and download any of the games from the previous game jams.

Finnish Game Jam

Finnish Game Jam (FGJ) is a collaboration between several Finnish jamming sites taking part in the Global Game Jam. In 2010, Finland took part in the Global Game Jam for the first time with three locations and has grown each year since then. In 2014 there were 14 locations all over in Finland from Helsinki to Rovaniemi including one moving location: a bus. A registered association Finnish Game Jam ry was founded in 2013.