Countdown is on for worldwide gaming challenge
The rising stars of Scotland’s gaming industry will come together in Dundee and Glasgow this weekend (Friday 24-Sunday 26 January) to take part in a worldwide race against the clock to develop original games.
Abertay University and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will welcome more than 200 participants to the Scottish Game Jam, part of the phenomenally successful Global Game Jam which is held in 63 countries and attended by 17,000 people.
The Scottish Game Jam has gained an international reputation and demand for places is high at Abertay and GCU, where the events will be held simultaneously. Both sites are fully booked with 200 people registered to take part and a further 50 on the waiting list for a place.
Ryan Locke, Dundee site coordinator and Lecturer at Abertay University, said: “Abertay University is proud to be part of Scottish Game Jam for the second year running. Game jams provide a unique learning opportunity and a chance to really test creative and technical flexibility.
"We are looking forward to seeing how our students and the Dundee development community come together to forge innovative ideas in such a short time.”
Brian McDonald, GCU’s Programme Leader and Lecturer in Games Software Development, said: “This is going to be the largest game jam Scotland has seen. With jammers across the world logging in excess of 700,000 hours and creating more than 3000 games last year, the popularity and growth of the Global Game Jam is incredible and we are delighted that our students are part of it.”
Thirty-nine games were produced in Scotland during the 2013 event, including Lub vs Dub which was recently named pick of the week by Starbucks.
Students, designers and industry professionals will join forces at the events working round the clock to complete their projects within the 48-hour time limit.
The Scottish Game Jam is being run in association with IGDA Scotland, Ludometrics, XBL GamerHub and CalmDownTom.
The event kicks off at Abertay at 6pm on Friday 24 January, running until 7pm on Sunday 26 January.
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