Sponsors

Headliner

  • Running GGJ centrally costs around US$350K a year, including staff costs, web hosting, online tools, video production, GDC related costs and GGJ NEXT costs.

    GGJ is a charity which relies on donations and sponsorship to keep us up and running. Support us today by donating here.

  • Core is an endless universe of games and worlds designed by a global community of creators. It's a radically accessible game construction kit, content exchange, and game-playing platform, all in one. With Core, you can create multiplayer games, using the power of Unreal Engine, with no coding or art skills required. When you're ready to share your creations, publish them to the Core platform where they'll be instantly available to play.

    Find out everything you need to know to in this video about Core Games and the Core Engine

Champion

  • At Unity, we believe the world is a better place with more creators in it. Game jams and hack weeks are part of Unity’s DNA, so we’re proud to be able to help continue the tradition. We share these resources to help make your game jam idea a reality. Visit http://globalgamejam2021.unity.com/

  • The biggest games in the world run on Microsoft Game Stack, but Game Stack was born to democratize game development. We want to even the playing field by giving all developers the same powerhouse toolsets as big studios, so they can create the games they want. Period.

    GGJ is a truly worldwide experience that brings game developers from all over the globe together to create without boundaries or constraints. Microsoft believes developers should be empowered to innovate, collaborate, and experiment 24/7, 365. The microcosm of Global Game Jam challenges developers to break the shackles of expectations and create revolutionary experiences that move us all. We’re ready for you, Global Game Jam Online (2021). Are you ready for us?

     

Partner

  • Epic Games is thrilled to sponsor the Global Game Jam yet again. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web, and it's freely available at unrealengine.com.

    As a game developer, you can enjoy millions of dollars' worth of free content on the Unreal Engine Marketplace, along with paid items that offer excellent value. Take advantage of Unreal Engine Online Learning, which includes all documentation and hundreds of hours of video tutorials for free.

    Check out Unreal Engine user groups to meet with other developers in your area, and consider participating in our quarterly #ue4jam events. Get info on all of this and more by following @UnrealEngine on social media.

  • Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation brand and family of products.

    PlayStation has delivered innovative products to market since the launch of the first PlayStation in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation family of products and services includes PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, PlayStation Store, and PlayStation Now.

    SIE also oversees Worldwide Studios, which is responsible for developing exclusive, world-class games for PlayStation. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, SIE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation and has regional headquarters in London and Tokyo.

  • NextNav delivers highly accurate vertical positioning data to any application through its Pinnacle service.  With NextNav Pinnacle, game developers can break out of the constraints of a 2D world and build immersive experiences which reflect a 3D reality.  By adding a height element, game developers can also differentiate their offering in a crowded market by providing a unique gameplay experience.  NextNav makes it easy to integrate altitude into any game with a pre-built Unity plug-in, SDK, and API options.  Learn more about NextNav Pinnacle and how it integrates with commercial applications.

    NextNav hosted a special webinar for jammers where you’ll learn how to build games for the Global Game Jam with vertical location using NextNav’s Unity plug-in, SDK, and/or API.

    Get access to the NextNav Unity plug-in and request a developer key:  https://info.nextnav.com/global-game-jam-key-registration

  • The Endless Operating System is simple and easy for anyone to use. It is fully equipped with essential apps to learn, play, work and connect in 2020. All for free, provided by the Endless OS Foundation.

    Once installed, no internet is required.

  • Let’s send more kids from more communities to the frontiers of science and technology. We partner with teams building programs and products that reveal and nurture hidden math genius.

    Learn more

  • Founded in 2004, Virtuos aims to shape the future of game creation by empowering the brightest talents and delivering high-quality content to the best game companies. With over 2,000 full-time professionals worldwide, Virtuos has collaborated with 18 of the top 20 digital entertainment companies. Through using industry-leading technology, cultivating a collaborative culture and encouraging a passion for games, Virtuos continues to push the boundaries of game development. Find out how we can supercharge your development pipeline at https://www.virtuosgames.com.

  • While providing students with real-world learning experiences, the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub) applies proven innovation methodologies in combination with the deep subject matter expertise of the public sector, the technology expertise of Amazon Web Services (AWS), and other partners to solve challenging problems in ways not contemplated before.

  • We believe that every person on the planet should love playing games, and the best way to make that happen is to have a game development community that is representative of, and welcoming and inclusive to, every person who wants to make games.

    We support diversity and inclusivity in a number of meaningful ways.

    • Our programs, centered on major industry events, help introduce game development careers to exceptional students from around the world and support the retention of game developers from under-represented communities. Our programs include IGDA Scholars, Velocity, and Next Gen Leaders.
    • We support selected programs and initiatives throughout the game development community, including the Mentorship Summit at Casual Connect 2018 and Play NYC’s Graffiti Games exhibition.

    We encourage you to join us, our volunteers, our participants, our partners, and our sponsors in building a more inclusive game development community.

Supporter

  • Houdini Indie's procedural node-based workflow offers a smarter way to create high quality game art. Houdini technology is used by AAA studios to take their games to the next level and now this procedural power is also available to indie game devs around the world.

    Houdini Indie provides you with a procedural pipeline-in-a-box where all the steps needed to set up a model or game level are represented by networks of nodes. These nodes can be maintained deep into production, making last minute creative decisions easy. 

    SideFX returns as a Global Game Jam® Partner Sponsor and offers game jammers a FREE 2-month Houdini Indie license to use before, during, and after the game jam!

    Request your license for the jam!

  • WB Games New York works with some of the top talent in the game industry to build online competitive and social features for video games. Our highly experienced team of engineers utilize cutting-edge technology to build game services that are robust and scalable enough to support world-class developers such as NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady, Monolith Productions, WB Montréal, and more! Check us out at www.wbgamesny.com for more info and exciting career opportunities!

  • Poki is a web gaming platform offering free online games to over 30 million users worldwide, every month. Poki’s goal is to create the ultimate online playground. Free and open to all. We help our growing game developer community, including Kiloo, Hipster Whale, MotionVolt, and may more to achieve success on web. By offering their games to millions of new users and monetize via high-quality advertising. For more information, please visit developers.poki.com.

  • Krilloud is a graphic node-based audio middleware that facilitates the design and implementation of interactive audio in a creative, simple and efficient way.

    Our mission as audio evangelists is to facilitate the audio workflow and resources of the community of developers, interactive experience designers and artists, by enabling a fluid and robust design concept tool and improving the communication between developers and audio creators.

    We aim to give access to everyone to a tool that breaks barriers and allows them to enter the exciting world of interactive audio.

    Download Krilloud

    We encourage all Jammers to use Krilloud to design and implement interactive audio for their projects at the GGJ, to ensure we all enjoy a beautiful sound design. Enjoy the GGJ 2021 and stay safe!

  • The Hillier College of Architecture and Design is a proud supporter of the Global Game Jam, participating and hosting it in our gallery space at NJIT for several years. We create virtual worlds by design and play games within them. Visit us and see what Design with the Power of STEM looks like.

    NJIT offers an undergraduate degree in digital design, with courses in animation, game design, augmented and virtual reality, as well as degrees in industrial design, interior design, and architecture, and graduate degrees in architecture and digital design. As a comprehensive design school in a top ranked public research university, we aspire to better the conditions of human life – to elevate the spirit, stir the emotions, engage the intellect and improve the quality of human experience.

Community

  • DDM

    DDM acquires work for our clients so they can create, support, distribute and publish great games. Since 2006, our mission has been to provide more opportunities for our clients and to fundamentally improve the games industry business. Working closely together, our worldwide team of industry professionals has secured hundreds of deals that enable our clients to achieve their goals.

    DDM is sponsoring the Global Game Jam because supporting creators of games is at the heart of who we are and what we do.

Friends

  • Plan of Attack is a communications agency specialising in video games. Working with the right media at the right time, we help organisations - from global industry leaders to bedroom developers - tell their story and generate the most value from their projects.
  • Prosearium.net is an initiative to document 1000 African women of all backgrounds and their experiences creating and uploading their own games.

    We envision the digital future of Africa where all genders have a visible stake in the game development industry and benefit from it financially, culturally and socially. The games industry is still growing, though very few games have any representation of African women through their characters, stories, and even their creators. Prosearium.net would like to take a step forward to increase the participation and visibility of African women in game development and carve a space in the continent’s digital history.