Global Game Jam: Aspiring the games of the future

09 Feb 2016


Have you ever had an idea for a game that you’re desperate to make? Think it could be the next global hit like Skyrim or Grand Theft Auto?

Games development has exploded over recent future years, with the UK games industry being worth almost £4bn according to UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment)[1].

So it’s no wonder the Global Game Jam has become so popular, with 36,000 gamers across 93 countries taking part. The annual event sets promising budding developers a challenge: make a game in just 48 hours.

One of the hosts of this global event was the SAE Institute in London, which attracted a large turnout of eager coders.

The ‘Jammers’ were treated to talks from two speakers: Oscar Clark from Unity Media on creativity in gaming, followed by Kam Star of Playgen about the future of gaming.

Inspired by these gaming experts, they were then told of the secret theme for this year’s event: ‘Ritual.’

Then an extra bonus was revealed; participants would be entered into a draw to win a top of the range PC Specialist Vortex Fusion II Gaming PC from Currys PCWorld!

For the 76 Jammers, the next two days were dedicated to developing their idea, with everything from the coding itself to the audio being provided by these gaming enthusiasts.

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Last minute finishing touches from one team. ( )

There were some brilliant interpretations of the theme which were presented to everyone at the end of the intense two-day development marathon by the nine teams involved. It was great to see the upcoming talent who could be responsible for our favourite video games of the future.

During the event they raised money for the charity GamesAid, which supports a number of smaller charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people.

There was also the small matter of who won the gaming PC prize. It was announced to cheers that it went to Sujan, who said he never normally won anything!

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Sujan picks up his prize

A big thanks to everyone who took part in the Global Gaming Jam and to the SAE Institute for their wonderful hosting.

You can check out the action on the #SAEGGJ16 hashtag and some of the 6,800 games that were developed over the weekend are available to play here.