Global Game Jam unleashes a wave of ideas

23 Jan 2017

SAE London was transformed into game central over the weekend, as tech enthusiasts from the UK, Turkey, Poland and Portugal descended on the institute for the world’s largest game creation event.

Global Game Jam encourages like-minded people from across the globe to connect and make games based on a secret theme within 48 hours.

This year, 39 participants - including high-level programmers from companies like King and Jungle Laboratory - took part in SAE’s version of the event, which kicked off with industry talks by Oscar Clark and Dr Kam Star.

The theme - waves - was then revealed in a secret online video address, sent to organisers on the day of the event. Participants were allowed to interpret the theme anyway they wanted, be it ocean waves, sound waves or hand waves. Previous themes have included ritual, deception, extinction and even the statement "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

SAE’s National Events Coordinator Daniel Brzezinski said it was exciting to see a wave of ideas brought to reality as programmers raced against the clock.

“Global Game Jam is all about learning new skills, networking, having fun and celebrating this global spread of game development and creativity,” said Mr Brzezinski.

Global Game Jam started in 2009, with just 50 jams worldwide. This year more than 36, 000 gamers across 702 locations participated in the event, creating a record 7,000 games.

Designs varied across a range of platforms including mobile games, video games, as well as non-digital card and board games.