Global Game Jam 2020 - SAE London

31 Jan 2020 to 02 Feb 2020
15:00 to 23:45
31 Jan to 02 Feb

Innovation. Collaboration. Experimentation.

Get together and create games in one weekend at SAE Institute London from 31 January - 2 February 2020.

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 (31 January - 2 February 2020) will be asked to create a username  at the official Global Game Jam website. It will be open from 31 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. The only exception to this rule is if the minor is accompanied by a legal parent or guardian at all times while attending the jam.

When is Global Game Jam 2020?

Global Game Jam will take place on 31 January - 2 February 2020.
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)

Keynote talk by Games Designer Oscar Clark:

Oscar Clark will be delivering a guest talk from 3.30 - 4.30 pm on the topic of hypercasual games. Oscar will discuss the key lessons that game Jam teams can use to be better positioned to take the theme and build an exciting enjoyable concept deliverablegame. Oscar will also provide a template which can help teams rapidly develop actionable concepts for the jam itself.

Oscar said: "I love talking to teams taking part in the Global Game Jam - its an amazing way to learn how to find fun through making games - and I hope I can help people get in the right mindset to make the best games they can in the limited time." 

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. He is also a consultant and author of Games As A Service: How Free To Play Design Can Make Better Games published by Focal Press, so will be able to provide some really great advice to jammers before they start making their games. 

What is the event programme?

Friday, 31 January - Arrivals and introduction

3.00pm - 4.00pm Check in / Registration 

3.30pm - 4.30pm Industry Talk - Speaker to be confirmed

5.00pm Welcome to Global Game Jam 2020! Announcements & Keynote

7.00pm - 9.00pm Get to know each other, form your team and choose your team leader 

9.00pm  Let's get it started!

Saturday, 1 February - Working day

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

3.00pm Deadline to create your user profile and game page at 

5.00pm Playtesting each other's games

Sunday, 2 February - Working day and Games Submissions 

3.00pm - Deadline for handing in the game

4.00pm - 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?

There will be a cafe open onsite that offers a variety of hot and cold food. There is also 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