Event Playcrafting + Microsoft Global Game Jam!

The biggest Global Game Jam site in the United States returns!

Join Playcrafting and Microsoft for a weekend of game-making plus free talks and workshops, refreshments and prizes! Stay tuned to this page as we confirm speakers, workshops and prizes in the coming weeks. Space is limited in the workshops. RSVP HERE. Our 2017 site was the biggest in the United States and the 3rd largest in the world with almost 500 jammers and 1200 attendees.Be a part of the magic in 2018, live all weekend from Times Square! Watch our official 2017 Recap Video here.Every attendee must RSVP on Eventbrite and HERE in order to have access to the event. 


For participants:Each participant will need to register both here on Eventbrite and at our GGJ site here. All projects must be submitted to the website in order to be considered for prizes. Entry to this event is free, but please sign up on Eventbrite so we can have your name at the door. You do not need to be onsite the entire weekend to participate or to be entered for prizes. This is an inclusive site - people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You do not need to be an active game developer to participate. Many game developers will be in attendance, though, too!All games will have the same theme, which will be announced at our kickoff on Friday night. If you have more questions about how the Global Game Jam works, visit globalgamejam.org. We will provide free meals and workshops throughout the weekend and will also have designated quiet zones for teams needing the space to concentrate.In the interest of fostering an inclusive and safe environment at all of our events, our Code of Conduct will be enforced.

Tweet along with us throughout the event!#MSPlay18@Playcrafting  /  @MicrosoftNY

Schedule:Day 1 – Friday, January 26th6pm – 8pm: Check In & Team Formation Throughout6pm: Keynote Premiere, debuting the design constraintWelcome from Playcrafting, Microsoft & UnrealIce Breakers & Team Formation8pm: End of Day 1Day 2 – Saturday, January 27th

9am – 9pm: Site open to work on games11am: Deadline to create user profile and game page on our GGJ website10-11am: Intro to Game Design11am-12pm: Intro to Unreal Engine 412-1pm: Intro to Unity 1-2pm: Unreal Engine 4: Advanced Tips & Tricks2-2:30pm: UX/UI Basics2:30-3pm: Free Workshop3-4pm: Game Writing Workshop4-5pm: Modify your Assets: Tips & Tricks for Jammers6-7pm: Playtesting each other's games9pm: End of Day 2Space is limited in the workshops. RSVP HERE TO GUARANTEE A SPOTDay 3 – Sunday, January 28th 9am – 3pm: Site open to work on games3pm: Deadline for submitting games!3-6:00pm: Global Game Jam Expo!Judges choose finalists.6:00-8:00pm: Demo Showcase of Winners.6pm: Wrap Up8pm: End of Day 3

Learn to Make Games with Playcrafting:

LEARN UNITY IN 8 WEEKSMondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9pmFebruary 5th - April 4th (No sessions February 14th or 19th)Microsoft (11 Times Square)New York, NY 10036Full Info + Save Your SpotAsk A Question

GAME WRITING PRIMERTuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-9pmFebruary 20th - March 15thMicrosoft (11 Times Square)

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LEARN UNREAL IN 8 WEEKSMondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9pmMarch 6th - April 26thMicrosoft (11 Times Square)New York, NY 10036

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What to Bring- All of your own equipment (laptops, cords, controllers, adapters, software, etc). Anything you need to make a game over the weekend will need to be brought by you. We will not be providing. - A laptop with the relevant software downloaded and installed for any workshops you're attending.- A government-issued photo ID.

What NOT to Bring- Large fabric items (stuffed animals, couches, etc.) - External speakers. - Fake (or real) weaponry of any kind. - Confetti/glitter/etc that makes a mess. - Anything that can’t be carried in a regular elevator. - Anything that can’t be easily transported through narrow corridors. There are some tight spots in the building. - Smoke machines, strobe lights, disco balls.- Anything dangerous or threatening (everyone has to go through Microsoft security).- Anything that would be inappropriate for kids to interact with.

We Will ProvideComing soon!

Jam Site HostComing soon!

PrizesWe're introducing new categories to our site this year. Whether you want to make games "Just for Fun" or get competitive in "Versus Mode" our site has a spot for you!VERSUS MODE

Best OverallEach member of the winning team will receive the following:First Place - $50 Amazon Gift Card, Arduino Boy, Makey-Makey, Dice Set, Blank Cards, and Bag of MeeplesSecond Place - $25 Amazon Gift Card, Makey-Makey, Dice Set, Blank Cards, and Bag of MeeplesThird Place - $10 Amazon Gift Card, Dice Set, Blank Cards, and Bag of Meeples


Unreal Engine 4 - To qualify your game must be built in UE4

First Place - 1 Rift Touch Bundle, Logitech Gear, and (up to 5) Swag BagsSecond Place - 1 Rift Touch Bundle, Logitech Gear, and (up to 5) Swag BagsThird Place - 1 Rift Touch Bundle and (up to 5) Swag Bags

Microsoft Azure - Must incorporate Azure to qualify for judging. Discover more here.

Microsoft is giving away up to 5 Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers for the Best Microsoft Azure Game. Incorporate Azure to qualify for judging.

JudgesThe following judges will be choosing the top games in our main competition:


CHELSEA STARKManaging Editor, Polygon

ALLEGRA FRANKDeputy News Editor, PolygonASHLEY OHSocial Media Manager, Polygon

SIMONE DE ROCHEFORTVideo Producer, Polugon

SAM BARLOWCreator Her Story & Executive Creative Director, Eko

BRIAN CRECENTEEditorial Director, Glixel at Rolling Stone MagazineTRISTAN CRECENTEGame enthusiast and aspiring developer

TOM SHANNONTechincal Artist, Education Epic Games

DAN BUTCHKOCEO, Playcrafting

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Please note: Filming is occurring at this event. You may be videotaped or recorded. Food will be available in limited quantities. Please be courteous.Notice: Government and Public Education EmployeesMicrosoft wants to ensure that we– and you– comply with applicable government gift and ethics laws. As a result, Microsoft respectfully declines to provide government employees with ‘giveaways’ of Microsoft products or other items of value (including software, meals, and other items) without payment or prior authorization from your agency ethics officer/attorney. Please specify on your registration materials and evaluation form if you are a government employee, refrain from requesting or accepting giveaways during this event unless you pay full marketing value or have provided us with a gift letter from your ethics officer for these items.

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