It’s soon time for the third international Jam Jam Festival! The festival is held in the beginning of June in a cozy summer cottage environment. We are expecting more than 70 visitors this year!
Jam Jam is a festival and retreat for game jam organizers and anyone interested in learning, discussing and sharing ideas on game jams. Jam Jam 2019 is organized by the Finnish Game Jam and located in the middle of a Finnish forest, on a mountain called Sappeenvuori – only around 2h car ride from Helsinki.
The event consists of a one-day seminar with talks on game jams and jam games and one day of retreat. On the seminar day visitors can attend talks by many interesting game industry speakers. We have speakers from Finland, India, UK, Poland and Romania joining the Jam Jam this year!
On the retreat day you can decide what you work on – bring your jam organizing team and work with planning or debriefing your jams or come without an agenda and talk with all other jam organizers and jam-organizers-to-be, brainstorming new jams and sharing lessons on organizing events.
The venue is on top of the mountain Sappeenvuori, surrounded by beautiful Finnish nature and the power of the midnight sun of the Northern summer. The lodgings consist of eight well-equipped cabins with saunas and hot tubs.
The Finnish Game Jam has sent Antti Koponen to the Nordic Game Jam held in Copenhagen on April 25-28 2019 as part of the FGJ’s Scholarship Program.
Koponen is studying game development at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and is passionate about making games and jamming. He is a multifaceted developer having jammed in various roles including 3D artist, UI artist, sound designer, and game designer. He has solo jammed from home at Ludum Dares 40-43, participated at a number of jams at Kajaani University as well as Museo Game Jam and the Global Game Jam organized by FGJ. The scholarship includes a ticket to the event and a 300€ travel stipend.
The FGJ Scholarship Program was created to help Finnish jammers to travel to international game jams to promote the Finnish jamming scene, share jamming culture and promote international cooperation.
Nordic Game Jam is an annual game jam held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Over the years the event has grown from a classic 48 hours game jam to including two days of conference with talks, workshops, round tables and a pre-party. NGJ is one of the largest game jams in the world, with 900 participants as of 2016. Website: https://www.nordicgamejam.com
Quantum Wheel, a game jam about quantum technology, was held in the heart of frozen Helsinki in February 15-17. The event was first of its kind, bringing independent game developers and physicists under one roof to innovate a union of games and quantum computing.
Finnish Game Jam is no stranger to quantum theory, having organized already four Quantum Game Jams in the past. Physicists have been invited to jam since the very first event, and for a couple of years jammers have had access to Quantum Black Box, atool developed at the University of Turku. Quantum Wheel was the first event organized in collaboration with IBM as well as the first event to provide jammers with the IBM quantum computer Q Experience.
During the weekend Allas Sea Pool was inhabited by over 50 participants who made 10 games, all utilising quantum technologies in one way or another. The theme for the jam was “noise in the wheel”. The theme was inspired by the eponymous SkyWheel, where teams spent some time jamming above the city.
One team took a step further, bringing quantum computing into physical world. They designed a card game that teaches players how to program on a quantum computer, and an actual quantum computer will also decide who wins the game.
We are proud to have a new exciting jam in February 2019!
Quantum Wheel is a three day game jam at the heart of Helsinki aimed at creating games based on Quantum Physics, both for education and research.
The event continues the Quantum Game Jam series, and it is a collaboration with quantum physicists from the University of Turku, Aalto University and from IBM Zurich, who will participate in the jam. The list of participants includes also many experienced game developers and jammers from Finland and around the globe.
In this jam, the participants create games that utilize Quantum Black Box (tool developed at the University of Turku) and/or IBM quantum computer Q Experience. Otherwise the teams are free to choose their games’ directions and technologies used.
The jam will have around 50 participants and will be located at the cozy Sea Allas Pool in the center of Helsinki. Additional inspiration for the jam will be extracted from riding the SkyWheel Helsinki!
Quantum Wheel 15-17 February 2019 Allas Sea Pool / SkyWheel Helsinki Katajanokanlaituri 2
Allas Sea Pool is a gardenlike oasis in the heart of Helsinki with a large pool area and magnificent saunas. In addition to swimming, bathing in the saunas and good food, Allas Sea Pool offers many options for wellness. Spending a perfect day at Allas means relaxing, lingering, enjoying with all senses, both the body and the mind – in the middle of Helsinki, next to the Market square, every day of the year. Website:https://www.allasseapool.fi/en/
SkyWheel Helsinki is an Observation Wheel is situated in Katajanokka, one of the most beautiful locations in Helsinki, right next to the market square. From 40 meters high you may see over the city, sea and surrounding islands. Website:http://www.skywheel.fi/en/
Global Game Jam weekend has come and gone and we are one jam experience richer. 48 hours is a short time to develop a game from scratch, and every year we are amazed at what the jammers are able to do within such a limited timeframe!
On a global scale there were in total 47 000 jammers who made 9000 games at 860 sites in 113 countries, which makes this Global Game Jam the biggest game jam ever held! 10 new countries joined the fun, as sites were set up in Azerbaijan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Myanmar, Namibia, and Rwanda.
The global theme for GGJ19 was “what home means to you”, and jammers incorporated it in their games in countless different ways: there was homesickness, homelessness and house parties, to name a few.
We were lucky to have amazing national and local sponsors this year as well. We want to extend a big thank you to all sponsors one more time, we couldn’t have made #FGJ19 this awesome without them
The national gold sponsor was Supercell.
The national silver sponsor was Veikkaus Game Studio.
Thank you again everyone who attended or followed the action through our streams and social media, it was a blast of a weekend!
Finnish Game Jam, as part of Global Game Jam, is the big event we’ve all been waiting for! Global Game Jam happens all around the world during the weekend of 25-27 January 2019, and in Finland there are many jamming locations to choose from.
With only a couple of weeks to go there’s still plenty of time to join the fun! Registrations to the Finnish events is done in Eventbrite.
Finnish Game Jam has received a prestige art award in Finland. Suomi-palkinto (Finland Award) is an annual arts and culture recognition and was granted by our Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sports, Sampo Terho. Suomi-palkinto has been awarded annually since 1993 and it can be granted as a recognition of an impactful career, remarkable achievement or promising initiative within the field of arts and culture.
Finnish Game Jam organization is in great company. Six other artists and groups were also awarded: legendary musician Remu Aaltonen, Alt Arkkitehdit, author and translator Jyrki Kiiskinen, Koko Jazz Club, creative director Paola Suhonen and movie director Selma Vilhunen.
“We have a lot of talent in Finland. Some of them work in groups, but many work alone. More and more of them have also gained international reputation. Creativity is born from individuals, which can be supported by the community and the surrounding society”, explains Minister Sampo Terho.
“This year we have wanted to honor remarkable artistic expertise with the Finland Award. Artists, who have been impacting the Finnish art scene for a long time. On the other hand, we have also wanted to recognize the new trends in the Finnish art and culture”, continues Terho.
Finnish Game Jam was recognized for our impact to the Finnish game making communities and as a unique organization also within the international landscape.
Finnish Game Jam would like to congratulate all the awarded artists and communities and thank everyone participating, collaborating and supporting our events!
As 2019 draws closer so does the main event of the year: Finnish Game Jam!
It is again time to get jamming with the rest of the planet. Finnish Game Jam 2019 is organized as part of the Global Game Jam that will be held throughout the entire world at the same time. Naturally Finland will participate, now for the 10th time!
We currently have 8 public locations confirmed in Finland: Helsinki, Turku, Vaasa, Kymenlaakso, Kajaani, Ylivieska, Kuopio and Turku. If your area is missing a site here is your chance to organize one yourself! Site applications can be made through Global Game Jam’s website. Site application is open until January 10th, but we recommend you act fast to be able to prepare for the jam.
If you have questions about organizing a site or need help feel free to contact us.
More info will follow throughout December!
Finnish Game Jam (Global Game Jam) 25-27 January 2019
A story of a land amidst change. The metamorphosis can truly be witnessed by those who have been there since the early days. By each turn of the century and through the light of innovation, the landscape becomes more than what it has been. But what is the nature of this change? This ambitious jam game creates a beautiful atmospheric flying adventure with a help of Leap motion controller and custom made pedal. In addition to technological feats, Rievssat takes the stressful theme of Sami people as strangers in their own land and makes the game into a universally appealing experience around the eight seasons.
The challenge of connecting people before the days of “Connecting people” is immediately clear in this story timed around the early ages of the telephone. It is up to the player to investigate who should be talking to whom in this simulation of a telephone center before the benefits of the internet, automation, or even FGJ. This game, not unlike a certain indie sensation about papers, engulfs the player with its charming audiovisual presentation, and provides the feeling of what it is to truly connect those in need. Switchboard Operator is surprisingly polished game for a 48h jam and pleases us as jam players on many aspects.
Remember the good old times when you couldn’t play games without a printed manual? Why not dive into that era in a game jam? The graphics and music of this Dark Souls of casual cooking games successfully capture the nostalgia of olden days. The effort to develop for old hardware is already worthy of a mention, as old consoles and their methods are gradually forgotten as technology goes forward. Double Cooked is a great example of how game jams can be used to explore what has been done before, but you just were not old enough back in the day to be part of it. In the end, how many jam games come on a cartridge?
Krokoralli More Buttons Award Pikku Kakkonen Game Jam (2018)
A game for kids made by kids, big and small. This game delivers an audiovisual feast co-created with the tiny creators around Finland and focuses on fun and interaction. The game was inspired by the drawings of the kids and the team has done a good job in making as many as possible of the drawings come to life. Fittingly to the young players, game features a big collection of buttons to smash and one sweet crocodile that travels all around the globe. You can take your friends for a ride, just cruise around taking it easy and honking to passers-by. Krokoralli is a modern version of the 70/80s Turbo Tomy and makes us all smile!
Life has always been around. For centuries we as a human race have evolved, longed for something that is missing. We have conquered the lands, seas and even the air. Soon we will begin our next journey towards the vast unknown of the space. This atmospheric and poetic walking simulator captures universal moments in our fragile existence, now and in eternity. Crafting meaning through the imageries of the game scenes and choices of our internal voices, Alone Together delivers a thoughtful message with elegantly crafted scenes and stands out from the crowds of jam games.
The thrill of the chase. A rather creepy chase. A chase where the reversal of roles is a fact of life, if only through a simple poke to the back. This captivating yet simple jam game manages to take a yard game we have all played and turns it into an out of the ordinary experience with deeper layers. The Tag Game makes you wonder what is the meaning of “it” and how does “it” feel? The beauty of the game digs deep into the core of game jams and reminds us all how to jam with a quirky, fun-loving mind.
Elie Abraham Jamtivist Award
With a simple sign and a big heart, Elie Abraham has shown a great example of the spirit of game jams. Traveling around the world, leaving a mark of Finnish jammers, promoting positive jam cultures, and beating the unnecessity of impostor syndrome, Elie has shown us all how to jam with a bang. We don’t care if Guinness World record would not want to put your name into their books, Elie, we just want 2 give this award 4 you.
Arvi Teikari Superjammer Award
Finland is a country of remarkable jammers, superjammers indeed. Through a humble attitude towards jamming and game creation, Arvi Teikari has taken game jams to the next level of normal. Arvi’s journey with Baba is You has shown what one can achieve through the playful and explorative space of game jams. From winning the Nordic Game Jam to the double-winning of IGF, there is no doubt that Superjammer is You, Arvi.
Jambike Special Jam Award
Jonne and Samuli have taken game development and jamming to the extreme and done that while promoting green values for game development. Cycling over 600 kilometers is already an extraordinary accomplishment, but to also making a game while doing that – that’s the spirit! Jonne and Samuli have made it hard for the rest of us to try to top the game of game jams.
Outstanding Support Awards
Finnish Game Jam would not be able to do what we do without the long-standing support from the Finnish game studios. This year, we want to highlight our biggest supporters and say a big big thank you. Veikkaus, Futureplay, Grand Cru and Remedy do not only support the jammers with swag and pizza, but they also keep on jamming with us and have done that for a long time!