Global Game Jam 2016 | 29th-31st January

Global Game Jam at Farset Labs is back again in 2016.  The Game Jam will run from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st January, and is a chance to meet some great people and develop a fun game in a weekend.  With a party atmosphere from Friday night, there will be plenty of people there to team up with, create something interesting and, most importantly, to have fun!

Last year’s jam was a great success, with our highest jammer count yet!

Update: The Night Before Game-Jam

We’ll be kicking off GGJ Belfast in just over 24hrs folks! The official kick-off, introduction and keynote will begin at 5pm on Friday. We’ll be open a couple of hours before that, so everyone is welcome to come down early to set up and socialise with your fellow jammers!

So everyone can get into making their games straight away, we also recommend that you download any software you might find useful before getting to Farset Labs (or make sure you have the latest updates) particularly if you’re planning to use packages like Photoshop, Unity or similar software. There’s a list of resources here: including some useful tips and a few free bonuses for jammers taking part.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

How do I enter?

We ask that you reserve your seat at Farset Labs using GetInvited here:

You can then complete your Global Game Jam registration at on (or before) Friday 29th January.

Game Jams are often oversubscribed; so to avoid disappointment, book early!

The event is free, and all meals are catered!  The game jam’s theme will be announced at 5pm on Friday 29th January so we recommend all participants to be in Farset before that time, or send word if you will be arriving later on. We look forward to seeing you all, as it will be a great weekend!

What do I need?

There is no required skill level or barrier for entry; we welcome programmers, artists, musicians and anyone else who might be interested in being involved! Bring yourself and your equipment – the organisers recommend that participants wait until the beginning of the event to form teams.  We have found that this worked well in the past and gives interesting results.

More information will be provided in the run-up, but please feel free to contact or ask us questions via our Facebook page or our Twitter with the #GGJ16 tag.

Once again brought to you to in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen.

What is Global Game Jam?

Global Game Jam is a hackathon focused on games of all sorts, from full-scale console productions to mobile, web-based and embedded games, as well as non-digital productions like board and card games. Some will be frivolous, others developed for solid causes, such as social impact in the case of the Games For Change movement.  There are already a number of large sponsors involved in this year’s global event, including Facebook, Unity and Github.

The first Global Game Jam ran in 2009, and this year there are already over 480 individual Jam sites registered around the world, and Farset Labs has been running Northern Ireland’s only public GGJ site since 2013. We will be live streaming video from sites all over the world during the 48hr event. There will also be an opportunity to see and play other teams’ games at the end of the event. The details of the venue are also available on our Global Game Jam listing.

Vital Statistics

Start/End: 29/1/16 @ 14:00 – 31/1/16 @ 18:00

Location: Farset Labs Event Space, 1 Weavers Court, Belfast

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Farset Reservation Page:

Hashtag: #GGJ16

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