Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Game Jam 31 May to 2 June at Escape Studios

Calling all budding game designers and creators: Come and join our free Game Jam at Escape Studios, hosted in partnership with Creative Assembly, Outplay, 3D World Magazine, and 23 Code Street.

The fourth annual Escape Studios’ Game Jam starts on the evening of Friday 31st May and finishes at 3pm on Sunday 2nd June 2019 at our Mid-Town Campus at 190 High Holborn, London.

2018 Games Jam contestants
About Game Jam
Game Jam is a race against the clock in which teams of up to 6 students have from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June to create the best game possible, matching the brief and the game theme - which will be revealed at the start of the event. 

Beginners welcome
You don't need to be an experienced games artist to take part, but you must be over 18. Teamwork, creativity, endurance and a desire to learn are all you need.

Showcase on Sunday 2 June
On the afternoon of Sunday 2 June there will be a judging ceremony and a prize for the winner. Parents are welcome.

2018 Game Jam - Simon Fenton spitballs ideas with two contestants
This year, Outplay is offering a work experience day to find out what it’s like to work at the UK’s largest independent mobile games developer. The winning team will be taken to Scotland, to spend a day in Outplay’s Dundee studios.

About the Teams
Each team will consist of 6 gamers. Team members will be selected by the event organisers in order to ensure an even skill-set for each team. The Game Jam 2019 will be made up of a maximum of 10 teams, and this year we are inviting current Escape Studios students to get involved as well.

What does it cost?
Simon Fenton - Head of Games
Game Jam is free, but applicants must submit a deposit of £10, which will be refunded once the event is complete. However, the deposit will not be refunded if you don't turn up.

The Competition
The theme of the Game Jam will be provided at the start of the event and teams must make all components of their game over the weekend – no part of the game can be made in advance. The competition will be judged on the game concept, design, art, relevance to the brief and overall delivery.

Mentors and Judges
Escape Studios have teamed up with Creative Assembly and 3D World Magazine to bring you top industry professionals to help build your ideas. Representatives will drop in over the course of the weekend, to offer advice and will be part of the final judging panel.  Judges include Escape Studios’ Head of Games, Simon Fenton, who has more than 24 years’ experience in the games industry. Simon will also be on hand to provide mentoring and guidance across the weekend. In addition to Simon’s expertise, jammers will be joined by Juriaan Van Linschoten, Escape Studios’ alumnus and currently an Associate Tutor at the institution.

2017 Games Jam
The Venue
The Game Jam 2019 will be held at Escape Studios’ campus, 190 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BH, in central London (nearest tube - Holborn).

All participants should bring their own laptop, power cables, converters and any other equipment you may need. Escape Studios will provide studios, power and Wi-Fi, as well as food and drink, and help to plan and brainstorm your ideas.

Coding language
We will be using Unreal Engine and Blueprint Programming to create the games over the weekend. Support will be on hand over the weekend for those who are unfamiliar with this platform.  

2017 Game Jam at Escape Studios
Friday 31st May - 19:00 – 21:00pm
Game Jam Kick-Off - Full Briefing and Introduction to Industry Partners.

Saturday 1st June - 07:00am
Development to commence - You will be given 24-hour access to the facilities, to work on your game through the night (if you choose to!) until the end of the event, following feedback from the industry panel, on Sunday.

Sunday 2nd June - 15:00pm
Game Jam to end, judging and announcement of winning team to take place.
Jam Showcase to take place showcasing work from current Escape Studios students and alumni.
Event to end at 18:00pm

Questions about Game Jam
Have questions about Escape Studios’ Game Jam 2019? Contact Escape Studios

How to Sign up
To sign up, follow this link here.

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