GGJ Archives 2009-2012

History and Contributors

GGJ History

Susan, Gorm, IanSusan, Gorm, Ian The Global Game Jam was the brainchild of IGDA Education SIG director, Susan Gold, in collaboration with active IGDA members Gorm Lai and Ian Schreiber. GGJ was founded in 2008, inspired by the many game jams before it, such as the Indie Game Jam, Ludum Dare, Nordic Game Jam, and others too many to list. As an IGDA event, the GGJ's goal was to broaden the outreach of game education and the goals of Curriculum Framework while giving the world an opportunity to create games in the world’s largest Game Jam to date. The GGJ prides itself on collaboration, both in organizing as well as making of games.

The 1st annual Global Game Jam was held January 30-February 1, 2009 to much critical acclaim and success. With over 1600 participants in 23 countries, and a theme of "As long as we have each other, we will never run out of problems," the GGJ produced 370 games. In 2010, the number of participants increased to over 4300 with 900 finished games on the theme of "Deception" (see the 2010 recap). In 2011 there were 6500 participants in 44 countries, who created over 1500 games, and in 2012 the numbers soared to over 10,000 participants in 46 countries, with over 2100 games made in a single weekend!

GGJ is a volunteer-run organization, built upon the very hard work of its leadership, site organizers and of course the participants.

Global Game Jam 2013

The next Global Game Jam will take place January 25-27, 2013. Sites will be allowed to start registering in October 2012, and participants can start registering in November. We can't wait!

Global Game Jam 2012

GGJ 2012 took place on January 27-29, 2012, with a theme different from earlier years. Instead of a word or a sentence, an image was used - Ouroboros: http://globalgamejam.org/news/2012/01/27/and-ggj-2012-theme

The 2012 GGJ Directors were:

  • Zuraida Buter, The Netherlands
  • Elonka Dunin, USA
  • Laurie Gloge, Canada
  • Foaad Khosmood, USA
  • Gorm Lai, Denmark / Hawaii
  • Ian Schreiber, USA

The Global Game Jam couldn't be possible without its many passionate organizers and volunteers around the world: http://globalgamejam.org/wiki/credits2012

Global Game Jam 2011

GGJ 2011 took place on January 28-30, 2011. Over 6500 participants met in 44 different countries, and produced over 1,500 games, inspired by several ideas around the central theme of "Extinction". The 2011 GGJ committee members were:

  • Zuraida Buter, The Netherlands
  • Foaad Khosmood, USA
  • Gorm Lai, Denmark
  • Ian Schreiber, USA

Past Contributors

In addition to thousands of game jammers, local jam organizers, designers, artists, teachers, musicians and sponsors who make up the GGJ community, we would specially like to thank the following individuals for their help and dedication as GGJ leadership team members in the years past:

  • Marinka Copier, The Netherlands
  • Bruno Campagnolo de Paula, Brazil
  • Ciro Duran, Venezuela
  • Susan Gold, USA
  • Anders Højsted, Denmark
  • Olivier Lejade, France
  • Sean Kauppinen, USA
  • Tim Nixon, New Zealand
  • Mike Reddy, Wales
  • Darren Torpey, USA


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