Keyboards, pens, paper, pizza and no sleep at all. Mix this together with a worldwide large group of very enthusiastic and innovative game creators and you’ll get: the Global Game Jam.
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 a non-profit volunteer-run event with a single goal: to bring together people all over the world to have a great time making innovative games. Global Game Jam is not a competition; it's a worldwide creative collaboration. 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 Game sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.
Breda University of Applied Sciences has been providing a location for the Global Game Jam since 2012. As a supplier of a high level Game degree programme, we are the breeding ground for tomorrow’s Game talent. BUas is convinced that being part of an International, innovative game network helps creating a foundation for the future professionals in the Games industry that we educate and therefore fully supports the Global Game Jam. And what a weekend it was! Curious? Have a look at the aftermovie, which was made by one of the attending Games’ students, Max Blom.