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2010 Global Game Jam

Registration for event opens this weekend

San Francisco, CA – November 19, 2009 – The Global Game Jam™ (GGJ) an IGDA event, today announced that registration for the 2010 Global Game Jam will begin this Saturday, November 21st, allowing interested people to secure their spot at one of more than 90 locations worldwide. The 2010 GGJ will take place January 29-31, 2010 and is expected to eclipse last year’s success which saw 1,650 participants across 23 countries and 54 venues.

“The 2010 Global Game Jam is a truly global event and the growth in venues is a great sign of the growing recognition and popularity of GGJ,” said Susan Gold, founder of the Global Game Jam. “There are still a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for companies wishing to participate and have exposure to thousands of game developers and enthusiasts around the world.”

Confirmed locations where the Global Game Jam 2010 will take place include:

• Albany, NY (USA)

• Albuquerque, NM (USA)

• Angouleme (France)

• Ankara (Turkey)

• Antwerp (Belgium)

• Athens, GA (USA)

• Athens, OH (USA)

• Atlanta, GA (USA) - two locations

• Auckland (New Zealand)

• Austin, TX (USA)

• Baltimore, MD (USA)

• Berlin (Germany)

• Bloomfield, NJ (USA)

• Boston, MA (USA) - two locations

• Bristol (United Kingdom)

• Buenos Aires (Argentina)

• Burlington, VT (USA)

• Calgary (Canada)

• Cape Town (South Africa)

• Caracas (Venezuela) - two locations

• Catania (Italy)

• Charlotte, NC (USA)

• Chicago, IL (USA) - two locations

• Cincinnati, OH (USA)

• Concord, NH (USA)

• Copenhagen (Denmark)

• Denver, CO (USA)

• Doha (Qatar)

• Dunedin (New Zealand)

• E. Lansing, MI (USA)

• Geelong (Australia)

• Genova (Italy)

• Glasgow (Scotland)

• Grand Rapids, MI (USA)

• Guadalajara (Mexico)

• Hamar (Norway)

• Hamilton (Canada)

• Helsinki (Finland)

• Kajaani (Finland)

• London (United Kingdom)

• Los Angeles, CA (USA)

• Luton (United Kingdom)

• Madison, SD (USA)

• Madison, WI (USA)

• Madrid (Spain)

• Melbourne (Australia)

• Milan (Italy)

• Manila (Philippines)

• Maracaibo (Venezuela)

• Morrisville, NY (USA)

• Newport (Wales)

• Nomi (Japan)

• New York, NY (USA)

• Orlando, FL (USA)

• Ottawa, Quebec (Canada)

• Overland Park, KS (USA)

• Paris (France)

• Pittsburgh, PA (USA)

• Plymouth (United Kingdom)

• Porto (Portugal)

• Recife (Brazil)

• Richmond, VA (USA)

• Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

• Rochester, NY (USA)

• Rome (Italy)

• Salt Lake City, UT (USA)

• San Jose, CA (USA)

• San Luis Obispo, CA (USA)

• Santa Cruz, CA (USA)

• Sao Carlos (Brazil)

• Sault St Marie (Canada)

• Seattle, WA (USA)

• Singapore

• Malaysia

• Skovde (Sweden)

• Silver Spring, MD (USA)

• Stafford (United Kingdom)

• Sunnyvale, CA (USA)

• Suwon (South Korea)

• Sydney (Australia)

• Tampere (Finland)

• Tel Aviv (Israel)

• Thurles (Ireland)

• Troy, NY (USA)

• Utrecht (The Netherlands)

• Vancouver (Canada)

• Varginha (Brazil)

• Vilnius (Lithuania)

• W. Lafayette, IN (USA)

Game Jams foster innovation and experimentation. If you have ever wanted to make a game, be a part of a team, or go outside of your usual working method, then a game jam is for you. It’s all about making games and in the GGJ you’re part of a global experiment in creativity. A game jam is not for the faint of heart though. It’s two days of hard work, experimentation, little sleep, collaboration, cramped quarters, new friends, great idea, laughs, technical issues and the time of your life.

Everyone is given similar constraints and rules to make their games, it is amazing how different and culturally diverse the games will be. The Nordic Game Jam has honored GGJ with being the flagship Game Jam. The goal is to provide a vehicle for professional developers, students and hobbyist to come together and have an incredible experience in collaboration and inventiveness. The GGJ works perfectly into the mission of the International Game Developers Association, “Connecting members with their peers & promoting professional development.” A Game Jam is not a competition, it is unique "idea space" where sometimes things work and sometimes they don't.

For details on how to become a host location in your city or town, check out the Global Game Jam website:

About Global Game Jam™

Global Game Jam™ (GGJ) was established in 2009 as an IGDA event with great success and media attention. Lives were changed, jobs found, ideas sold, collaborations and opportunities abound. GGJ brings together talented individuals and teams from around the globe and rallies them around a central theme, for which they have 48 hours to create their game. For more information on the Global Game Jam, including a database of downloadable games, photos and video from the 2009 event and more, visit:


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