Keynote and theme announcement will start
at 6:00PM on Friday Jan 31!
Games dues in person to the help desk on Sunday Feb 2 at 5:00PM!
Kick-off a new decade with a new game! January 31-February 2 come make games with the NYU Game Center’s alumni, students, faculty, and developers from all over NYC! The NYU Game Center is excited to host New York City’s best Global Game Jam site for the 11th year in a row.
The Global Game Jam brings together game makers, musicians, artists, programmers, beginners, and veterans to make a game based on a shared world-wide theme in forty-eight hours. Jam alongside 280,000 other game makers from 93 countries around the world!
People of all skill levels and experiences are welcome and encouraged to come jam! Game jams are a great place to make your 1st game or your 15th game. Our site also welcomes games of all types, and encourages folks to work on digital or non-digital games.
Ideas that started simple at the NYU GGJ have grown into impressive, award-winning, released games! 2013 GGJ game Mushroom 11 was released on Steam, after being selected for an IGF nomination, IndieCade, and the PAX 10, among other festivals and awards. Nina Freeman and Emmett Butler’s 2014 GGJ game How do you do it? is out now, and was selected for IndieCade as well as nominated for an IGF. Our site’s Best Overall Game of 2014 was a board game called Lucca, which went on to become an Official Selection at IndieCade 2014.
How it works:
On Friday at 6PM, we’ll kick things off with the official GGJ keynote videos and theme announcement (the same kick-off that happens all over the world!). Following the kick-off, everyone starts to brainstorm ideas, form teams, and make games. The weekend is casually structured, and you’re welcome to work at whatever pace you like, with whomever you like, using whatever you like.
Do I need to be a game making expert to jam?
No! The jam is a great place to learn some new skills. You can start with a non-digital game, join a team on Friday evening, or take advantage of the jam tools and teach yourself something new!
The Game Center site will be open:
Throughout the jam, you can come and go as you please.
Tons of open workspace and whiteboards.
Free wifi & power.
Non-digital prototype materials.
Tons of food and coffee nearby!
What you’ll need to bring:
Any digital hardware you’d like to use to make a game
(laptop, chargers, controllers, etc.)
Presentations and awards:
On Sunday at 5PM, everyone exhibits their game for all attendees to play. A team of judges (comprised of NYU Game Center faculty and local indie developers) give out a few fun awards.
I can’t attend the whole weekend! Can I come play the games on Sunday?
Yes! The showcase on Sunday is open to everyone, and you are welcome to come play what everyone cranked out over the weekend!
Spend a weekend making games with us!
The NYU Game Center has MOVED and we’re now located at:
370 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Here’s how to get in the building: The building is currently under construction, so use the temporary entrance on the Northeast corner of the building. It’s located on Jay Street next to the Marriott and across from the National Grid building.
If you’re at Willoughby and Jay, turn around it’s on the opposite corner of the building! If you get to the parking garage or Marriott hotel, you’ve gone too far! There’s a lot of scaffolding still up outside but we are here! Come on in!