#FGJ23 is a 48-hour-long game development event organized as a part of the Global Game Jam. In 2023, FGJ#23 and the Global Game Jam are organized between the 3rd and the 5th of February. With various different #FGJ23 online locations, Finland is celebrating the 14th Global Game Jam in 2023! We will soon update this page with more information on #FGJ23. To hear the latest updates, follow this page and our other channels:
Participation requires registration through our Eventbrite page – each location has its own registration. All of the sites are different, contact your local organizer if you need more info.
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 similarly 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.
Finnish Game Jam ry (FGJ) is a registered association founded to organize game jam events in Finland. Our main event is an annual game development event and a part of the worldwide Global Game Jam (GGJ). This year’s event is called #FGJ23, and comprises several game jam locations organized all around Finland. In #FGJ17, we had 22 locations, 888 jammers and 222 games created in one weekend!
The first Junior Game Jam is organized on 18-20 of October 2013. Junior Game Jam is aimed at 13-17 year old people who are interested in game development. During the event, jammers create a game in small groups during one weekend. In addition to game making, the program includes workshops and visiting the Alternative Party. Signing up to the event has ended. Read more from here (only in Finnish).
Next year, Finnish Game Jam will be organized for the fifth time. During these years we have learned a lot, grown quite a bit, and realized that we have something special going on in here. We started from three cities with about 100 participants – in 2013 there was 12 locations and over 500 jammers. We have grown to be the largest game development event in Finland.
We have had committed volunteers making this possible, and it was time to take the step to create an official association around the event. Thus now Finnish Game Jam is not just the event. Finnish Game Jam ry is a registered association, whose main purpose is to coordinate and organize the Finnish Game Jam event and to support the game jamming activity in Finland.