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Event Details

January 27, 2021
7:00 pm EST

Virtual Game Jam

Join The Playcrafting Global Game Jam Site!

*Updates and additional information will be added in the coming weeks.*

We are excited to announce our 2021 Global Game Jam (GGJ) site! If you’re not familiar with GGJ, it is the world’s largest game creation event taking place around the globe, typically at physical locations. Playcrafting has been a site organizer since 2016. Our 2020 site was the biggest in the United States and the second-largest in the world with more than 750 jammers.

All games will have the same theme, which will be announced at the live opening event on Thursday. If you have more questions about how the Global Game Jam works, visit globalgamejam.org

Playcrafting’s Global Game Jam Online Venue

  • Our main virtual hub is the Playcrafting’s Discord server. Join the server here
  • The kickoff and closing events will be on Playcrafting’s Twitch channel.
  • The workshops series will be premiered on Playcrafting’s YouTube channel. 
  •  Interested in volunteering for this event? Sign up here.

Game Jam Registration

This event is free, but you must register on the GGJ site to be a part of the festivity! Each participant will need to create a profile with your full name, contact information (please include your Discord handle), and skills.

If you already have a team, please add “I have a team” in the profile along with your teammates’ names.

If you’re looking to join a team, please add “I need a team” in the profile. And enter your information in this spreadsheet. This will help us to form your team.

Need help registering and joining our site? Check out the step-by-step instructions here.

Our Sponsors

Schedule

This year, the event will run from Wednesday, January 27th through Sunday, January 31st, 2021. The detailed schedule is as below. All workshops will stream on Playcrafting’s YouTube unless stated otherwise. 

Wednesday, January 27th

Going over logistics and key information of the event on Discord

Thursday, January 28th | Jam Day 1

6 PM ET Kickoff stream and announce the theme on Playcrafting’s Twitch

Workshops:

7:30 PM ET Game Ideation Workshop with Kevin Harper, VR/Unity Developer at ustwo on Discord

8 PM ET Building Games for Alternative Controls by Francesca Carletto-Leon, Game Designer at Fullbright

10 PM ET Getting Started in Unreal Engine by Kyle Erf, Director of Technology at Moving Pieces Interactive 

Friday, January 29th | Jam Day 2

Workshops

10 AM ET The Basics of Sound Design by Alyssa Menes, Composer and Sound Designer

11 AM ET  Remote Collaboration by Tom Shannon, Technical Artist at Epic Games

12 PM ET Quixel Deep Dive by Luis Cataldi, Global Education Evangelist at Epic Games

2 PM ET The Stadia Makers Program and Developing for Stadia: A Brief Overview by Kirk Lakes, Business Development Manager and Austin Speelman, Technical Account Manager

Saturday, January 30th | Jam Day 3

Workshops:

10 AM ET Smart Tabletop Development with the Blinks Game System! by Move38

11 AM ET Leveling Up Your Writing Skills by Cara Hillstock, Writer and Narrative Designer 

Sunday, January 31st | Last day of GGJ 2021

Projects to be submitted by 5 PM ET 🎉.

Wednesday, February 3rd

6 PM ET Closing stream and winners announcement on Playcrafting’s Twitch.

Project Submission

All projects must be submitted to the GGJ website by 5 PM ET on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 in order to be considered for prizes. Click here for full instructions on uploading your project. 

The Judges

  • Sam Barlow, Game Designer at Half Mermaid
  • AJ Cirilo, Sr. Game Designer at Rockstar Games
  • Anya Combs, Director of Games Outreach at Kickstarter
  • Brian Crecente, Journalist
  • Alec Dawson, Sr. Game Designer at Blizzard
  • Daniel King, Lead Game Designer at Move38
  • Kirk Lakes, Business Development at Google Stadia
  • Andrew Stevens, QA Engineer at Avalanche Studios
  • Timbre Webb, Community Manager at ID@Xbox
  • Hamish Young, Sr. Technical Designer at Avalanche Studios
  • Zombaekillz, Content Creator

Code of Conduct

This is an inclusive site – people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join. You do not need to be an active game developer to participate.

In the interest of fostering an inclusive and safe environment at all of our events, our Code of Conduct will be enforced.

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