Global Game Jam 2018

26 Jan 2018 to 28 Jan 2018
15:00 to 23:45
26 Jan to 28 Jan

Innovation. Collaboration. Experimentation.

Get together and create games in one weekend at SAE Institute London on 26 - 28 January 2018.

About Global Game Jam

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game creation event taking place around the world simultaneously, but at different physical locations. Many have described it as a hackathon, focused on game development. The jam is always an intellectual challenge with people required to design, develop, create, test and make a new game in 48 hours.

The event was born out of the idea, that in today’s heavily connected world, gamers come together, be creative, share experiences and express themselves in a multitude of ways using video games. GGJ is designed stimulate collaboration, creativity, community spirit and is not a competition.

How can you take a part?

Please book your FREE Ticket via*  

We accept registration ONLY via EventBrite* - our official registration site!

*All attendees during the event (26-28 January 2018) will be asked to create a username  at the official Global Game Jam website. It will be open from 26 Janaury for all SAE's Jammers.

Who can attend Global Game Jam?

The event is open to all guests wishing to attend - students, graduates and industry professionals.

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes, all participants must be 18+ years old.

When is Global Game Jam 2018?

Global Game Jam will take place on 26 - 28 January 2018.
Where is the site located?

SAE Institute London Campus is located...

...2 minutes from the Haggerston Overground Station

...12 minutes by bus from Old Street - bus 243 (towards Wood Green)

...12 minutes by bus from the Liverpool Street Station -  Bus 242 (towards Homerton Hospital) or 149 (towards Edmonton Green)

What is the event programme?


Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to change the opening hours at our venue. We would like to inform you that SAE Institute London will NOT be open for entire 48 hours. Apologies for the short notice and any inconvenience it may cause. We hope that it will not have an impact on your presence at Global Game Jam at SAE Institute London.

Official opening hours during Global Game Jam 2018 are:

Friday, 26 January 2.45pm - 9.30pm

Saturday, 27 January 10.00am - 9.00pm

Sunday, 28 January 10.00am - until the end of the event (around 5.00pm) 

Friday, 26 January - Arrivals and introduction

2.45pm - 4.45pm Check in / Registration 

3.30pm - 4.30pm Industry Talk with Oscar Clark - 'Small is Beautiful'. Oscar will explore the benefits of keeping things simple and the scope small whether you are making any game - especially useful for thinking about GameJams and Free2play prototypes

About Oscar:

Oscar has been in the games industry since 1998, and has been involved with marketing, game design, development, launch and operations of numerous market leading games services and technologies. He has been involved in different capacities in notable projects from BT's Wireplay, 3UK, NVIDIA, PlayStation Home and is an Evangelist at Unity Technologies.

4.45pm - 5.45pm Welcome to Global Game Jam 2018! Announcements & Keynote

5.45pm - 6.15pm Get to know each other, form your team and choose your team leader 

6.15pm + Let's get it started!

9.30pm End of Day One 

Saturday, 27 January - Working day

10.00am Venue Open for Jammers

11.00am Deadline to create your user profile and game page at

2.00pm Exchange your knowledge! Walk around the site and network with other Jammers!

5.00pm Playtesting each other's games

9.00pm End of Day Two 

Sunday, 28 January - Working day and Games Submissions 

10.00am Venue Open for Jammers

3.00pm - Deadline for handing in the game

3.30pm - 5.00pm Presentations – Each team has 10 minutes to do a short presentation of their games

5.00pm - End of the event

Is there secure storage for personal belongings?

Please keep your belongings with you all the time. Each participant is responsible for their own equipment and belongings. 

Is there any food provided?

Please bring your own food and drinks. However, there is a Tesco opposite the site which remains open until 11.00pm. There are a few cafes around the campus too.

What are the facilities available?

Please bring your own equipment - laptops, software, etc. SAE Institute London provides access to classrooms and free Wi-fi.

Do you have additional questions?

Please contact SAE Institute London site organisers on

More information about Global Game Jam can be found at