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Abertay University and Abertay Gamelab present the Dundee arm of

Global Game Jam 2015 


Innovation - Experimentation - Collaboration

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. In January 2013, we had 309 location in 63 countries create over 3000 games in one weekend! GGJ 2014 is January 24-26 at a location near you… if not you can make one of your own. The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.




Is this an 'all night' event?

GGJ 2015 is a 48 hour event - this does not mean you should, or feel pressured, to work through a full 48 hours.
You should aim to go home and get sleep both nights. Plan for this with your team.
Jammers will have 48 hour access to the building.
Jammers should act responsibly during this event, taking plenty of breaks and cease working when they are feeling tired. 
We encourage safe working practices and reserve the right to ask particiapants to leave should we feel that you are putting your own (or others) health and safety at risk.

We believe it is entirely possible to practice your craft safely and complete a game jam sucessfully. This is a special anual event and we have chosen to open 48 hours to allow flexible working, we do not support or encourage 'allnighters'.  

Do I need to register with Global Game Jam?
Yes! Head on over to the Global Game Jam Website - be sure to register for an account and to register with the Jam Location 


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?


All participants are required by security to carry identification.
Students are also required to carry their Student ID Cards. 
All participants must be ages 18 or over.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

On site parking is not provided, however there are nearby parking solutions within walking distance of the university. 


What can/can't I bring to the event?

Game Jams are DIY events by nature - You must be willing to supply your own hardware and software. While the University students have access to the PC's, the placement of you or your team is undefined, and software varies in different locations. We do not gurantee hardware/software.
Smoking is strictly prohibited on premises
Alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited on premises. 


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Ryan Locke on [email protected] or Twitter @loakers 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes - you MUST bring your ticket. You will not be permitted to take part if you do not have it. 


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, you must bring your own ticket matching your name. 


Will there be free Wi-fi Provided?

Yes, guests will be provided with Wi-fi codes


Will there be any food & drink?

Yes, we aim to provide some refreshments, however full details are TBC. You should bring some healthy snacks and refreshments to sustain your energy. There are plenty of eating establishments and shops within a short walk of the building.

Who Can Participate: 
Students, Academics, Industry
Age Restrictions: 

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