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Global Game Jam 2012 Call for Hosts


Oct. 13, 2011 - The IGDA Global Game Jam (GGJ), today announced that it is ready to receive applications for GGJ 2012 Jam Sites. The GGJ will take place January 27-29, 2012, worldwide. Jam Site organizers are invited to apply at www.GlobalGameJam.org.

The Global Game Jam will be run for the fourth time by IGDA GGJ directors. The inaugural GGJ in 2009 had 53 sites in 23 countries participating and 370 games were made. The 2011 GGJ increased the numbers to about 6500 participants at 169 sites in 44 countries. More than 1500 games were made in just 48 hours across the globe. Among the new Jam Site locations were: Amman (Jordan), Bangkok (Thailand), Prague (Czech Republic), Shanghai (China) and Zürich (Switzerland).

GGJ strives to facilitate innovation, experimentation and creativity. In addition, many GGJ projects have been developed into successful games and some have garnered international attention in the past. The GGJ inspired IGDA Japan to organize the Fukushima Game Jam to support the recovering Tohoku region after the devastating earthquake early 2011.

The GGJ directors are very excited to open Jam Site registration for GGJ 2012.

“We hope to see many new and old faces joining us in this fourth edition of the Global Game Jam. It is always fantastic to see the excitement build up, culminating in an explosion of jam happiness and fantastic games,“ GGJ director Zuraida Buter said.

“It's truly amazing that designers and enthusiasts from 44+ countries can come together and take part in this 48 hour activity. But this has happened three times already and every year it gets bigger and better,” added director Foaad Khosmood.

The GGJ directors will host a series of online Q & A sessions for Jam Site organizers, starting on October 18 at 08:00 UTC and October 18 at 20:00 UTC. See GlobalGameJam.org for more information.

Early location announcements will be made on the GGJ website starting mid-October. Registration for the individual jammers will start mid-November. Organizers are encouraged to apply by December 1.

For hosting requirements please see: http://globalgamejam.org/wiki/basic-questions#location
For application instructions please see: http://globalgamejam.org/news/2011/10/11/global-game-jam-now-taking-jam-...

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