Edinburgh Napier University to Host Global Game Jam

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The 48 hour hackathon style game development event will be hosted later this month at the university’s Merchiston campus.¬†

Global Game Jam (GGJ), the world’s largest game creation event, is set to return to Edinburgh Napier University later this month. Held over a period of 48 hours, the event brings together teams of creatives to condense the game development process into the space of a weekend, similar to a hackathon.

Hosted by the Game Technology Group within Napier’s School of Computing, participants will have the opportunity to potentially produce the next big computer game.

GGJ is a worldwide event that is open to all developers, artists, sound designers, musicians, writers and others and is the biggest of its kind in the world.

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Attendees are tasked with designing and building a computer game over two days and have the option to work on their own or as part of a team. They will work in line with a secret theme, which will be revealed at the start of the event with everything designed from scratch – existing art or work is permitted.

As well as the intellectual challenge the ‘jammers’ will have the chance to explore new technology tools, try on new roles in various aspects of game development and test their skills.

Although a friendly vote is held to discover the best game, GGJ stresses the event is more focused on sparking creativity, forging new friendships and promoting cooperation rather than the competition aspect.

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Last year, 110 participants produced 25 games which were then showcased at various events including the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire and the Games Are For Everyone expo.

Organiser Sam Serrels said: “It’s all in the name of fun, but for the students it is a great place to learn as they may find themselves working alongside experts from renowned game studios.

“Building a game in under 48 hours is a near impossible task – all corners must be cut and it will stretch the skills and endurance of all the sleep-deprived teams. We’re looking forward to welcoming the jammers to Merchiston!”

Last year, GGJ was held at 803 locations in 108 countries and produced 8,606 games in the space of 48 hours. GGJ 2019 in Edinburgh will take place between Friday 25th – Sunday 27th of January, entry is free and open to all. Anyone interested can sign up online.

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