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Jammer Registration Open for GGJ Online / Announcing GGJ + Core Holiday Jam!

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Site registrations for GGJ Online have been open for just over a month and they are coming in strong but now is the time that everyone looks forward to jammer registrations are OPEN!! 👏👏😍🎉

Visit https://globalgamejam.org to register at a site near you.

Don't forget that today is #GivingTuesday. Global Game Jam is a nonprofit that strives to create bonds that last a lifetime through a shared love of game development and creation and GGJ itself takes a tremendous amount of effort and resources to produce and wouldn't exist without you the GGJ Community. If GGJ has touched your life, made a difference in your career in games or is just something fun you look forward to every year please consider donating what you can today so we can continue making GGJ the best it can be https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1310209 

If your employer has a donation matching program then we encourage you to use their system to make a donation to Global Game Jam, Inc. to increase your impact.

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Announcing the GGJ + Core Holiday Jam


 The GGJ + Core Holiday Game Jam!

Starting December 17th, we’ll be kicking off a three week jam, starting with the theme reveal. Create and collaborate using the power of Core, then share your jam project to the world with the power of Core’s one-click publishing.

And did we mention there’s prizes? There will be $10,000 USD in cash prizes for the top 10 teams based on number of players obtained in the two weeks following completion of the jam distributed as follows:

1st place: $2,500; 

2nd place: $2,000; 

3rd place: $1,500. 

4th-6th place:$750

7th-10th place: $625

Want to have a pre-jam warmup? Get started making games in Core by downloading it HERE. Be sure to join the Core Discord to join a vibrant community of Core game creators and check out the Core Creator Starter Kit with links to resources, documentation and tutorials.  

You can also check out this Youtube playlist created by Manticore full of video tutorials to get you ready to jam in no time at all! 

What is Core?

Core is a new, free platform for creating and playing games. With an endless universe of games to play and worlds to explore designed by a global community of creators; it’s a radically accessible game construction kit and game-playing platform, all in one.

Powered by the Unreal Engine, Core makes prototyping and iteration fast, so it’s a great platform for game jams, especially if you want to quickly set up a 3D multiplayer experience. You can get started making games right away using thousands of free, high quality music, sound, and art assets, with no coding required. Simply put, it’s a great tool for a game jam! 

Jam Kickoff: Thursday December 17th, 2020, 12:00 PM PDT
Submission Deadline: Monday January 11th, 2021, 11:59 PM PDT

JOIN THE GGJ + CORE HOLIDAY JAM ON ITCH.IO

Support GGJ Online 2021 - Sponsorships Still Available!

We’re moving forward quickly with our planning for GGJ Online, 27-31 January 2021, and we’ve had a great response so far to our call for sponsorships. With discussions still ongoing with many potential partners, we’d like to give a big shout out to the companies who have pledged their support to date, including the Core platform from Manticore Games as 2021’s Headline Sponsor! In addition, we’d like to thank the following organizations for confirming their support: Microsoft, Facebook, NextNav, Endless, Carina Fund, SideFX, DDM, and Poki Games.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring GGJ Online 2021, please email sponsorships@globalgamejam.org as soon as possible to receive the latest prospectus!

CHECK OUT THE 2021 GGJ PROSPECTUS

Learn about location based gaming with GGJ Online sponsor NextNav

Pokémon Go was just the start.  There's a whole universe of location-based games and AR experiences that we haven't even tapped yet.  Developers and studios are just starting to grasp the potential of this huge opportunity.

In this webinar, we'll introduce Global Game Jam participants to a new technology that adds the vertical dimension to location-based games, paving the way for a new generation of immersive, 3D experiences.

You'll learn how to build games for the Global Game Jam with vertical location using NextNav's Unity plug-in, SDK, and/or API.  

You'll also hear from Leandro Gonzalez, CEO of Trick Gaming, about how he's using vertical location to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

SIGN UP FOR THE NEXTNAV WEBINAR

Global Game Jam and Games For Change partner for Ukrainian Serious Games Workshop & Jam

The Global Game Jam and Games For Change recently partnered to create and run a Serious Games Workshop and Game Jam for the Ukrainan game developer community as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Games For Change workshop portion featured best practices and design guidelines for creating games with a purpose beyond entertainment (social change, political awareness, environmental issues), etc., and the game jam run by GGJ gave participants the chance to put those new skills to the test. You can check out the games produced by the game jam participants at the event’s Itch.io page!

CHECK OUT THE GAMES CREATED FOR THE JAM

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Got a success story with one of your games from GGJ? It could be being cited in an academic paper, exhibiting at a game event, getting featured on a news site, or pursuing your games to full development. 
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