In the face of ‘unprecedented times‘, while the space, events facilities, co-working facilities and new-and-improved workshop (and Laser Cutter…) are still available to socially-distanced members, this year they can’t offer the usual warm, pizza and burrito fueled welcome they have over nearly the past decade to Northern Ireland’s Games Development community.
So, Farset Labs reached out to us here at the NI Game Dev Network to coordinate the Northern Ireland’s site of GGJ online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting with a live-streamed kickoff event at 7pm on Friday 29th January, the jam will run from until Sunday 31st January, and is a brilliant chance to virtually meet and collaborate with people from the local games industry while making interesting games and experiences in a weekend.
There is no required skill level to take part – programmers, artists, musicians, students, and enthusiasts are all welcome.
Global Game Jam is a worldwide weekend focused on creating games; from fully interactive video-games, to board games and card games. Some of the games are created for charitable causes, such as “Games For Change”. The global event involves a number of large industry sponsors, including PayPal, Unity, Sony Interactive, Microsoft, and it often acts as a stepping stone for new games developers.
The theme will be announced on Wednesday 27 January, and previous years have seen amateurs and professionals from all over Northern Ireland come to create thought-provoking projects, and have fun while doing it.
The first Global Game Jam was run in 2009, and this year there are already over 500 individual Jam sites registered around the world for 2019.
Farset Labs and the NIGDN will be broadcasting live from our Belfast facility throughout the 48hour event (with over-night special guests to burn the midnight oil!), as well as sharing feeds from Jam sites world-wide.
How to get involved
As a Jammer
- Sign Up to attend the Jam Here
- Join the Farset Labs Slack Here
- “Like, Share and Subscribe” using the #FSLGGJ21 hashtag
Jammers will be notified of next steps!
As a Sponsor
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to support spot prices or otherwise sponsor this grassroots event!