Global Game Jam

GGJ Meetup at GDC 2013

Innovation - Experimentation - Collaboration

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. In January 2015, we had over 500 locations in 78 countries create 5439 games in one weekend! GGJ 2016 is January 29-31 at a location near you… if not you can make one of your own. The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.

GGJ Team

GGJ is run by a small international team of volunteers banded together in the "Executive Committee" (EC) of Global Game Jam, Inc. The GGJ16 team is led by Executive Producer Giselle Rosman.

The Executive Committee for GGJ16:

  • Ashley Alicea
  • Bruno Campagnolo de Paula
  • Eoin Carroll
  • Rebecca Fernandez
  • Lucy Morris
  • Giselle Rosman (Executive Producer)
  • Jo Summers

​The EC is supported by a range of regional organisers who take a region under their belt to give support to local organisers with regard to their local GGJ site.

Global Game Jam, Inc.

GGJ is operated by the Global Game Jam, Inc., an international non-profit corporation based in San Luis Obispo, California, with a mission to foster game design and game education through innovative events. 

Global Game Jam Board of Directors:

  • Dustin Clingman (Treasurer)
  • Susan Gold
  • Lindsay Grace (VP / Secretary)
  • Foaad Khosmood
  • Gorm Lai (President)

The GGJ depends on the generous work and support of many other people including sponsors, jam site organizers, and volunteers. 

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