Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game jam. It’s an annual event where budding and experienced developers and gamers have 48 hours to create a game from scratch. In 2018 8,606 games were created in a single weekend! Game developers with skills in all sorts of areas come together in a brand new team to collaborate on a new project. It’s one weekend where people of any skill can learn, grow, make friends and get experience. At different locations all around the world gamers will get this opportunity to create in 2019 between 25th and 27th January.
You don’t have to be skilled with coding or development programs, as games have been made with cardboard and crafting too – there’s no requirement for it to be a digital project, just a playable game! You could also be a writer, an artist or a composer.
Global Game Jam 25th – 27th January in Wales
There will be two Global Game Jam sites in Wales in 2019.
North Wales – Wrexham Glyndwr University
In North Wales, the Global Game Jam hub will be at Wrexham Glyndwr University and run by Richard Hebblewhite, Jason Matthews and Ricky Barnett, an award winning trio of well known names in the UK gaming industry. Wrexham Glyndwr is a bustling hub of Welsh game development with it’s gamecentric university courses and home to both Level Up Wales and Wales Comic Con as well.
Throughout the jam weekend Wrexham Glyndwr will be hosting a live feed, Q&A sessions with the experienced developer team and extra activities.
South Wales – The Arcade Vaults
In South Wales the Global Game Jam site will be the newly opened Arcade Vaults, located in High Street Arcade in central Cardiff. This venue is the first of it’s kind in our capital city, offering two levels of retro and modern gaming, as well as VR, a community space, co-working space and a bar/cafe.
There will be a £12 charge for Global Game Jam at The Arcade Vaults, but this is a bargain considering it gets you full access to both levels of the Arcade, unlimited tea and coffee, access to a kitchenette and pizza on Friday night. Located conveniently just a few minutes walk away from both train and bus links, this is an ideal venue for anyone coming from across South Wales.
If you want to check out the location then you might want to be aware that the Welsh Gaming Network is holding a meet-up for our members here on the 19th January too, so come on down and mingle with WGN members as well as see this awesome new venue.
Two amazing Welsh venues, we can’t wait to see what games come out of this years Global Game Jam. You can sign up to register now at either venue so what are you waiting for!