A weekend of intense game making

F.A.Q.

The Global Game Jam is an international event where game developers create a game in 48 hours. It is a global exercise in controlled creativity, challenging the skills of game developers in order to showcase what games can be built in under a time restraint.

Who can join the event?

Virtually anyone with an interest in game development: students, professionals, amateurs, independent game developers and even hobbyist developers can participate.

Where will it be held?

This year, the game jam will be held in three locations, GlobeLabs, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde and Central Luzon State University.  You may choose on which jam site is most convenient for you to attend.

What do I need to bring?

We’re doing our best to make sure that you have everything you need to participate in the jam.  Our aim is to get everything out of the way so you can focus on making awesome games.  That said, we may have be lacking a few things so it would be great if you could bring the following:

  • laptop
  • sleeping bag
  • internet dongle (i.e. globe tattoo)
  • extra water/food/medicine for you or for your team
  • extension cord

Are participants expected to work 48 hours straight?

No – we expect participants to get enough rest, which is why a space for napping or sleeping is required. If a developer feels too tired to continue, we will ask them to go home and return the next day.
For the safety of the participants, anyone who is sleeping over at the venue needs to stay indoors after 10pm. Participants who would like to go home will also need to leave the premises by that time and return the next day.

What if we have work on Friday?

As long as you get to the venue by Friday 8PM You’ll be fine.   We’ll have another orientation for those just coming in the next day on Saturday, 8 AM.

Best case scenario? Take a half day off! This is a once in a year event where you can take an entire weekend to have fun and make games!

When do we form teams?

Teams are formed on the day itself.

When do we start development?

Anytime after Friday, until Sunday 3pm (when we start uploading the games).

What if we don’t have experience?

That’s okay. But the less time you take learning your tools, the more time you’ll have making the actual game – so start practicing now!

Can we arrive with ready source code?

Only if it’s open-source (ie accessible by anyone else in the gamejam). Everyone should have the same opportunity to use all the resources at the event.

Will there be internet?

Yes, though we are trying to get faster broadband.

Can we install on the jam site workstations?

We’d prefer you informed us what software you’ll be needing so we can install it ahead of time, since this also means you can use the time spent installing on actually making a game! Also, we don’t adhere to using pirated software on computers that belong to the jam site.

Is there food?

We are trying to get enough money for food and drinks, yes

Can we order food from outside?

Yes, there are also eateries that are walking distance from the venues.

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