Join the Global Game Jam 2017
Test your programming skills and make new contacts at the 2017 Global Game Jam at Birmingham City University.
The Global Game Jam is an annual 48-hour event in which participants work in teams to create a computer game from scratch – coming up with a game concept, producing original art and sound, coding and implementing mechanics and features and even playtesting versions to ensure the game is bug-free.
The University is hosting the event at Millennium Point. It has no specific entry requirements and is open to anyone interested in getting involved with the process of creating games. Teams typically consist of at least one programmer, artist and sound designer. It is open to students from any university or Faculty.
If you are worried about the logistics of a 48-hour event – there will be designated sleeping areas, but it is not compulsory to stay at the University for the duration.
The Global Game Jam is an international event which offers you a fantastic opportunity to get experience and gain contacts in the games industry. You are not expected create the next billion-dollar program but the event has produced games such as Surgeon Simulator that have gone on to incredible success.
The Global Game Jam tests your core employability skills – particularly teamwork and time management - and will help develop your creativity. It also offers a great opportunity for you to kick-start your industry portfolio and demonstrate your skills to potential employers. All games developed over the weekend, from around the world, are downloadable and playable from the Global Game Jam website.
Previous events have included key figures from some of the UK’s most popular game studios, giving you a chance to receive professional feedback and even make contacts that could later lead to employment.