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Global Game Jam Belfast 2018



Date Posted: December 15, 2017

Global Game Jam at Farset is back again in 2018, with support from Northern Ireland Screen. The Game Jam will run from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January 2018, and is a chance to meet some great people and develop a fun game in a weekend. With a party atmosphere from Friday night, there will be plenty of people there to team up with, create something interesting and, most importantly, to have fun!

WHAT IS GLOBAL GAME JAM?

Global Game Jam is a hackathon focused on games of all sorts, from full-scale console productions to mobile, web-based and embedded games, as well as non-digital productions like board and card games. Some will be frivolous, others developed for solid causes, such as social impact in the case of the Games For Change movement. There are already a number of large sponsors involved in this year’s global event, including Facebook, Unity and Github.

The first Global Game Jam ran in 2009, and this year there are already over 500 individual Jam sites registered around the world, and Farset Labs has been running Northern Ireland’s only public GGJ site since 2013. We will be live streaming video from sites all over the world during the 48hr event. There will also be an opportunity to see and play other teams’ games at the end of the event. The details of the venue are also available on our Global Game Jam listing.

HOW DO I ENTER?

Please reserve your seat at Farset Labs on Eventbrite by clicking here.

You can then complete your Global Game Jam registration at globalgamejam.org on (or before) Friday 26th January.

Global Game Jam is always very popular; so to avoid disappointment, book early.

Tickets this year are £5 each – buying a ticket will reserve your seat for the weekend as well as helping provide you with catered meals for the full weekend and a unique GGJ Belfast t-shirt!

The game jam’s theme will be announced at 5pm on Friday 26th January so we recommend all participants to be in Farset before that time, or send word if you will be arriving later on.

WHAT DO I NEED?

There is no required skill level or barrier for entry; we welcome programmers, artists, musicians and anyone else who might be interested in being involved! Bring yourself and your equipment – the organisers recommend that participants wait until the beginning of the event to form teams. We have found that this worked well in the past and gives interesting results.
Please note: You must be over 18 on the 26th of January in order to participate.

More information will be provided in the run-up, but please feel free to contact [email protected] or ask us questions via Facebook or Twitter with the #farsetggj18 hashtag.

VITAL INFO

Start/End: 26/1/18 @ 16:00 – 28/1/18 @ 20:00

Location: Farset Labs, 1 Weavers Court, Belfast

GGJ Site Listing: [GGJ 2018]

Facebook Event: [facebook.com/farsetlabs]

Hashtags: #farsetggj18 #ggj18

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