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For immediate release – jointly issued by Glasgow
Caledonian University and Abertay University
The rising stars of Scotland’s gaming industry will come
together in Glasgow and Dundee this weekend (Friday 24-Sunday 26
January) to take part in a worldwide race against the clock
to develop original action-packed games in just 48 hours.
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Abertay University will
welcome more than 200 participants to the Scottish Game Jam, part
of the phenomenally successful Global Game Jam which is held in 63
countries and attended by 17,000 people.
The Scottish Game Jam has gained an international reputation and
demand for places is high at GCU and Abertay, where the events will
be held simultaneously. GCU and Abertay are fully booked with 200
people registered to take part and a further 50 on the waiting list
for a place.
Brian McDonald, GCU’s Programme Leader and
Lecturer in Games Software Development: “This is going to be
the largest game jam Scotland has seen. With jammers across the
world logging in excess of 700,000 hours and creating more than
3000 games last year, the popularity and growth of the Global Game
Jam is incredible and we are delighted that our students are part
Thirty-nine games were produced in Scotland during the 2013
event, including Lub vs Dub which was recently named pick of the
week by Starbucks.
Students, designers and industry professionals will join forces
at the events working round the clock to complete their projects
within the 48 hour time limit.
David Farrell, Games Design Lecturer at Glasgow
Caledonian said: “If demand for our local sites bears any
relation to global demand, this could be the largest technology
event the world has ever seen.”
Romana Ramzan Player Champion at Denki added:
“We are thrilled by the response. This is by far one of the
most exciting events in the games calendar.”
Dundee site coordinator and Lecturer at Abertay University,
Ryan Locke, said: “Abertay University is
proud to be part of Scottish Game Jam for the second year running.
Game jams provide a unique learning opportunity and a chance to
really test creative and technical flexibility. We are looking
forward to seeing how our students and the Dundee development
community come together to forge innovative ideas in such a short
Glasgow Caledonian University is looking for space for an extra
50 jammers and anyone who missed out on getting a ticket should
keep a close eye on the Scottish Game Jam website (
http://scottishgamejam.org) and Twitter
(@ScottishGameJam) for more information.
The Scottish Game Jam is being run in association with IGDA
Scotland, Ludometrics, XBL GamerHub and CalmDownTom.
The event kicks off at 3pm on Friday, 24 January until 7pm on
Sunday, 26 January. GCU’s event is being held in the Saltire
Centre and Abertay University will kick off at 6pm in the Kydd