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You've got 10 days to prototype a new idea inspired by an artists' brief. Get jamming!

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*NOTE - UPDATE 17/09/2021 - We are no longer accepting applicants who want to be put into a larger team. Please only apply if you have a team to work with or you are happy to work solo*

LEEDS 2023 is hosting a 10-day GAME JAM! It’s time to test, collaborate and prototype some extraordinary new ideas.

Part of Leeds Digital Festival 2021, this is a 10-day event during which game developers, artists, students, hobbyists, and anyone else interested in getting involved can come together to develop an interactive experience, digital artwork, or game.

We want everyone to get involved. That’s why our GAME JAM is open to anyone across the UK and internationally who is interested in collaborating, learning new ways of working or that wants to prototype extraordinary ideas.

You could be an expert game designer wanting to test out innovative ideas or ways of working, or this may be your first time even thinking about making something like this. You can bring any creative expertise, skills, or training you have or learn new skills throughout the process. You may want to make the music, design the code, think about user experience, or help with the story - it's up to you!

What is a GAME JAM?

It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, creating or testing out one or more ideas within a short span of time. "Jam" is a reference to musical jam sessions.

About this GAME JAM

Over 10 days you are going to create a short prototype of a game, interactive experience or digital artwork that will be hosted on itch.io and shared through our social platforms.

For this GAME JAM, LEEDS 2023 have worked with 3 artists to create a brief that will be the inspiration and the subject matter for the GAME JAM. Each team will be given 1 of the 3 briefs in advance and will develop a response or re-imaging of the artists' original idea, to be submitted as an interactive digital experience at the end of the 10 days. It doesn’t need to be a finished product - we want teams to learn, experiment and test things out.

Teams will work together over the 10 days to develop their response, this can take many forms, but must have interactive elements.

Why 10 days?

LEEDS 2023 actively discourages crunch*. We’re hosting the jam over 10 days so you can work at your own pace, and prioritise mental and physical health during the jam.

(*Crunch is defined as working extra hours for extended periods of time in order to finish a project or meet a deadline.)

Who can take part?

Everyone! This GAME JAM is open to anyone aged 18+, and any participants under the age of 18 as long as they work with the supervision of a guardian. We welcome participants from all genders, races, ethnicities, religions and abilities. No previous game development experience is required!

How to access the event:

Register for a free ticket and we'll be in touch closer to the time with more details through details on how to access the event - stay tuned.

About LEEDS 2023

LEEDS 2023 will be a landmark year of culture for Leeds and our wider region. Starting on 1st January, 2023 will be an extraordinary, year-long programme of creative experiences. Co-created with local, national and international artists, LEEDS 2023 will be for Leeds, with Leeds and inspired by Leeds.

A showcase of creativity across all forms of culture: from dance to design, art to architecture, poetry to pop, sculpture to sport, grassroots community theatre to performances on our world class stages, LEEDS 2023 will have something for everyone.

Fuelled by a belief in the power of artistic expression and cultural experiences to transform lives, LEEDS 2023 will unlock talent and creative opportunities for people from every district in the city.

New connections, collaborations, creative excellence and friendships forged in building LEEDS 2023 will play a vital role in our city’s journey to becoming a cultural giant in the world; one that benefits all Leeds people now and long into the future.


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