Global Game Jam Belfast 2023

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£12 General Admission | £6 Concession | Free for Members of Farset Labs
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Open for entire 48 hours
Event Start Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2023 - 5:00pm
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Farset Labs has organised Northern Ireland’s only public site of the international “Global Game Jam” hackathon for the past 10 years, and after two years trapped in the metaverse, we're back in person! For the third year in a row, we're partnering with our friends at the NI Game Dev Network to coordinate both the in person site but also to support anyone participating remotely.

You'll be well fed throughout the event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Get your ticket on Eventbrite - they're used to plan building capacity and catering orders!

Join the chat on the All Ireland GGJ Discord!

Keep up to date social media using the #ggjbelfast hashtag.


The GGJ is the world's largest game creation event taking place around the globe boasting tens of thousands of participants (jammers) at hundreds of physical and virtual sites in over one hundred countries around the world.

A game jam is similar to a hackathon where people come together for a short period of time to create games around a central theme revealed at the start of the jam. The structure of The GGJ 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 jammers worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.

There is no required skill level to take part – programmers, artists, musicians and enthusiasts are all welcome.

The theme will be announced on Monday 30th January, and previous years have seen amateurs and professionals from all over Northern Ireland come to create thought-provoking projects, and have fun while doing it.

The global event involves a number of large industry sponsors, including PayPal, Unity, Sony Interactive, Microsoft, and it often acts as a stepping stone for new games developers.


Your ticket price partially covers catering for all 3 days, with the majority of costs covered by our sponsors.

Concessionary prices are available to those with low/no income. Use the promo code GGJ-CONCESSION at checkout to buy your tickets with a 50% discount.

Members of Farset Labs can take part in the event for free by signing up on Nexudus. Anyone can become a member, join on


Contact [email protected] if you’d like to sponsor this grassroots event.

Food Options: 
Meals provided on site.
Available Tools or Technology: 
Laser Cutter, 3D Printers, Electronics, Projectors
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Age Restrictions: 
16+ only

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