[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
The Global Game Jam (GGJ), a project of the
International Game Developer’s Association
(IGDA), today announced it will be shortlisted for inclusion in the
Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition after
being recognised as the World’s
Largest Game Jam
Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor
for Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition, said:
"In a time when games studios are expressing concern over the
influx of programming talent into their industry, it's great that
Global Game Jam can act as fertile ground to nurture the next
generation of superstar developers. This is a brilliant example of
what a community of like-minded people can achieve and this record
is a strong contender for inclusion in the next Guinness World
Records Gamer's Edition."
The fourth Global Game Jam was held January 27-29, 2012 in 242
locations worldwide. This year 10,684 individuals participated and
2,209 game projects were created. Jam sites were organized in a
record 47 countries, including for the first time in Hungary, Iran,
Panama, Peru, Romania and Uruguay.
“We have experienced phenomenal growth in the past four
years,” said Global Game Jam director Gorm Lai. “Being
included in the Guinness World Records book will be a tremendous
honor and is a credit to the hundreds of organizers and volunteers
that make this unique event possible year after year.”
This year’s GGJ is being followed by a number of
“play parties” where game enthusiasts have a chance to
play and comment on the thousands of new games that have been
created. The events are to take place in the following weeks. All
games are accessible from the Global Game Jam website.
The next Global Game Jam is scheduled for January 25-27, 2013.