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Abertay University: Global Game Jam 2017

Abertay Game Lab

Friday, 20 January 2017 at 17:30 - Sunday, 22 January 2017 at 17:30 (GMT)

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Abertay GGJ 2017 'Student Only' Admission Ticket - First Round
This ticket must be presented alongside a valid Abertay University student I.D.
Ended Free  
*Invite only* 'Non-student' Admission Ticket: Invited members of alumni, industry or academia
This ticket is for people who have been invited to attend. Abertay Alumni, Games Industry and Academia only. You should bring valid I.D. with this ticket. If you have not been invite to this ticket type, your ticket will be removed.
Ended Free  
Abertay GGJ 2017 'Student Only' Admission Ticket - Second Round
This ticket must be presented alongside a valid Abertay University student I.D.
Ended Free  
Abertay GGJ 2017 'Student Only' Admission Ticket - Third Round
This ticket must be presented alongside a valid Abertay University student I.D.
Ended Free  

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Event Details




Abertay University and Abertay Gamelab present the Dundee arm of

Global Game Jam 2016 

Innovation - Experimentation - Collaboration

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.

The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.


The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.




Is this an 'all night' event?

  • GGJ 2016 is a 48 hour event - this does not mean you should, or feel pressured, to work through a full 48 hours.
  • Participants are expected to go home and get sleep both nights. Plan for this with your team.
  • Jammers will have 48 hour access to the building.
  • Jammers should act responsibly during this event, taking plenty of breaks and cease working when they are feeling tired. 
  • We encourage safe working practices and reserve the right to ask particiapants to leave should we feel that you are putting your own (or others) health and safety at risk.

We believe it is entirely possible to practice your craft safely and complete a game jam sucessfully without endangering your health. This is a special annual event and we have chosen to open 48 hours to allow flexible working, we do not support or encourage 'allnighters'.  

Some of the best results in previous years usually come from teams who manage to work at peak performance by taking regular breaks, staying hydrated and eating well. 

Do I need to register with Global Game Jam?

Yes! Head on over to the Global Game Jam Website - be sure to register for an account and to register with the Jam Location 

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

  • All participants are required by security to carry identification.
  • Students are also required to carry their Student ID Cards. 
  • All participants must be ages 18 or over.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

On site parking is not provided, however there are nearby parking solutions within walking distance of the university. 


 What can/can't I bring to the event?

  • Game Jams are DIY events by nature - You must be willing to supply your own hardware and software. While the University students have access to the PC's, the placement of you or your team is undefined, and software varies in different locations. We do not gurantee hardware/software.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited on the premises. 
  • Alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited on premises. 


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Abertay Game Lab on or Twitter @abertaygamelab


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes - you MUST bring your ticket. You will not be permitted to take part if you do not have it. 


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, you must bring your own ticket matching your name. If you have a ticket and decide at some stage to no longer attend, please use eventbrite to refund the ticket so that someone else may attend.


Will there be free Wi-fi Provided?

Yes, guests will be provided with Wi-fi codes


Will there be any food & drink?

Yes, we aim to provide some refreshments, however full details are TBC. You should bring some healthy snacks and refreshments to sustain your energy. There are plenty of eating establishments and shops within a short walk of the building. 


What is the hashtag so I can get to know my other jammers before the event?

We'll be using #AGLjam17 on social media for event specific tweets and of course will be joining in with the wider Global Game Jam community using #GGJ17

Do you have questions about Abertay University: Global Game Jam 2017? Contact Abertay Game Lab

When & Where

Abertay University
Bell Street
School of Arts, Media and Computer Games
DD1 1HG Dundee
United Kingdom

Friday, 20 January 2017 at 17:30 - Sunday, 22 January 2017 at 17:30 (GMT)

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