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Calling all 2018 Game Jammers

Taking part in the Game Jam initiative offers an insight into how to create, develop, test and launch your very own game. Register your interest now.

Date: 15 January 2018

London Metropolitan University will be hosting the annual Global Game Jam event on 26-28 January 2018 at the Accelerator, London Met’s business incubator based in Shoreditch.

Organised by Fiona French, course leader for Computer Games Programming BSc, in conjunction with the Accelerator, the weekend promises to be fun, stimulating, exciting, and offers participants a unique insight into how the industry works.

“We welcome participants from the local student communities as well as developers, designers, artists, musicians, story-tellers, writers and games enthusiasts,” said Fiona French.

“The Jam is for anyone interested in teaming up to create new and wonderful gaming experiences over one exciting weekend.”

Each year, Global Game Jam, the world's largest game jam event, is hosted at hundreds of venues worldwide and stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression.

The two day scheme challenges students, recent graduates and professional developers to design, develop, create, test and make a new game in just 48 hours. It encourages innovation, collaboration and creativity. Each year has a different theme which is kept secret until 5pm local time on Friday 26 January.

Toby Kress, Head of Accelerator, London Met's business incubator, said: “Taking part in Game Jam is a lot of fun and allows you to meet some incredible new people. Some participants bring years of industry experience with them and act as mentors, while those fresh to the processes bring a different perspective and new ideas. It’s truly mind blowing what gets created in just 48 hours!”

Fiona added: “The Accelerator offers plenty of space with chairs and desks in an open-plan environment, and it's Wi-Fi-enabled, with tea, coffee and biscuits for temporary fuel. The local area offers a huge range of eating and entertainment opportunities.”

You can register your interest for the 2018 Game Jam now and you can sign up directly through the Global Game Jam website.

Pictured: Some shots from the 2017 Game Jam.