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Scottish Game Jam-packed

24 January 2013

The Scottish Game Jam has expanded to the University of Abertay Dundee for the first time in its five-year history after demand outstripped the places available.

For 2013, the event has doubled its capacity and is now taking place on the east and west coasts simultaneously. Teams competing at Abertay University will compete alongside those at Glasgow Caledonian University and The Pleasance in central Edinburgh.

Jammers from across the UK rushed for the additional places when the satellite venues were announced, and all are now filled to capacity ahead of the event launch this Friday (25 January).

Scottish Game Jam photo

Ryan Locke, Abertay University lecturer and Scottish Game Jam co-organiser, said: “We’re delighted to bring the Scottish Game Jam to Abertay University for the very first time. We run different game jams throughout the year and our students have jumped at the opportunity to take part.

“It’s an incredibly tough challenge to design and complete a game in 48 hours, but the excitement and sense of achievement at creating something new in a single weekend is amazing. We’re looking forward to seeing some great new games made this weekend, and being judged by local companies Guerilla Tea, Outplay Entertainment, Ruffian Games and Tag Games.”

The Scottish Game Jam is a 48-hour challenge to design and develop an original video game. It is held to coincide with the Global Game Jam to enable Scottish competitors to have their entry considered at both national and international level.

The Global Game Jam, which is held in 300 locations, attracts entrants from 50 countries, including Japan, Turkey, the Netherlands, Poland, the US, Belgium and Argentina.

Scotland’s event has become one of the biggest in the Global Game Jam, often attracting the most entrants to the two-day marathon and gaining industry-level acclaim for the quality of the projects completed, such as Sphlem, developed by a team featuring GCU students, which was shortlisted for a Scottish BAFTA.

The Scottish Game Jam kicks off at 2pm on Friday, January 25th until 7pm on Sunday, January 27th.

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