10 Feb 2016

Gamers flocked to SAE Institute, Haggerston to participate in the world’s largest Global Game Jam. 2016 has set the record for the world’s largest Global Game Jam to date. 36,000 Jammers across 93 countries participated to create a mammoth 6800 games and all in the space of one weekend.

Gamers, programmers, audio-philes and artists of all backgrounds came together at the London and Oxford campuses to form teams eager to accept the challenge of creating a brand new game over the course of a weekend.

To get their creative juices flowing student Jammers were treated to to special guest lectures from industry legends Oscar Clark, author, consultant and evangelist with Unity Technologies, who shared his thoughts on Understanding How Creativity Works For Players and Designers and Kam Start, digital media entrepreneur, investor and award winning games developer, founder of PlayGen and Digital Shoreditch, who spoke of Games of 2020s. What's neuromorphism got to do with it?
Straight after these talks, all of the Jammers, and curious lecturers standing by, tuned into the global keynote speech given by the Global Game Jam founders at 5pm who announced the 2016 theme for the games to be set around ‘Rituals.’

In true SAE Institute style, a surprise was unleashed on the students as Daniel Brez head of Alumni and Events for the UK had organised none other than the co-founder and current president Gorm Lei to pop in over the weekend and re-inspire the students when their energy levels were dropping. Pizzas and caffeine and some epic tunes kept the jammers going through the 48 hour stint and everyone completed the challenge by the 3pm Sunday deadline before heading the The Proud Archivist for some much needed refreshment, in the name of free beers.

Official sponsors of SAE Institute London’s Global Game Jam, Currys/PCWorld had offered up one of their latest PC Specialist Vortex Fusion II Gaming PC to be up-for-grabs to the participants via a free prize draw.

Global Game Jam has coincided with the Department of Culture Media and Sport’s (DCMS) results of their UK Games Fund being announced to support the gaming industry worth over £84billion to the economy.

“It was great to be part of the SAE Institute’s Global Game Jam and see so much talent and excitement in one room.”

Charlie Stringer, Desktop Category Manager at Currys & PC World.

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Dates for next year’s jam have already been set so book this weekend into your diary right now and join us next year on the . Watch this space…