The Arcade Vaults GGJ23

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Open for entire 48 hours
Event Start Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2023 - 5:00pm
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Are you a creative games designer, artist, programmer or audio designer up for a challenge? If so, come and be part of the Global Game Jam. You will have the weekend to conceive and build a game.

Join up with countries all over the world in a 48-hour mad dash to create something!

Doors will be open from 4 pm on Friday evening for everyone to meet. The themes will be announced by Global Game Jam so that the fun can begin and end at 5 pm on Sunday.

Do not come to the Jam with a team (this is GGJ policy!). Everyone will have some time to think and pitch an idea. Use this as a chance to collaborate with new friends or peers you don't know.

It doesn’t matter what tech/tools you use to develop your projects - GameMaker, Unity, Unreal, HTML5, Cardboard and cutlery, you can use whatever you want... and any type of game (including non-digital games like a board, party, card games etc).

Participants will need to bring their own equipment - we will have free WiFi and ethernet connections if needed. This year, however, there are a limited number of PCs available to use throughout the weekend.

Games will be submitted to the Global Game Jam website on Sunday before the 3 pm deadline. Teams will then have the opportunity to present their game to everyone.


Please note, there is a fee of £12 to take part.

We do have to cover our staffing and running costs for the weekend. However, the ticket price grants access to Levels 2 and 3 of The Arcade Vaults and include free teas and coffees, plus access to a kitchenette with a fridge and microwave. There will also be a lot of pizza available to all on a Friday night, plus a selection of pastries throughout the weekend! We're located right in the City Centre so you will have access to plenty of other food options for the entire jam.

Note that this will not be a 24-hour site - access will be limited to 8/9 am at the earliest and around 10/11 pm at the latest. If you are coming in from outside of Cardiff there are lots of places to stay nearby.

About The Arcade Vaults

The Arcade Vaults is a unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things video gaming. Founded in 2016 as an events company, they've gone on to support anyone who makes games, plays games both old and new, wants to learn about games, or would just like to engage with the community in this amazing world of games.

At the heart of The Arcade Vaults and its community are the players and the creators. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play video games and even more so, anyone should be able to make them and understand how they are made.

About the Welsh Games Academy

The Welsh Games Academy (WGA) programme is part of The Arcade Vaults and is a scheme to support the Games Industry within Cardiff and South Wales initially, expanding across all of Wales in the future. 

We have launched the WGA as a way of bringing relevant local industry activities under our own care, ultimately to help grow and nurture everything we love about the creation and promotion of games.

About the University Of South Wales

With more than 30,000 students the University of South Wales (USW) is a major player in UK higher education - one of the UK's ten biggest campus universities by student number. With campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the University is renowned for its partnerships with major employers. There are a vibrant set of Games courses and cognisant disciplines available to study in Cardiff. USW is also the South Wales Hub for the UK Games Fund Tranzfuser programme.

Food Options: 
Meals provided on site.
Available Tools or Technology: 
7 PCs + Software, Vive VR, Printer/Scanner, Keyboards/Mice/Screens
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Age Restrictions: 
16+ only

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