It’s a week-long online jam where you, alongside up to two others, will tackle the task of making a multiplayer game based on a unique theme. What makes this jam oh-so jammy is that we’ve also invited a cavalry of industry experts and veterans to bring you actionable insights and advice during the week.
So assemble your crew, dig out your tools, and get ready for the Game Jam Summit 2022. Keep in mind that places are limited. So make sure to save your seat now to avoid missing out.
Let’s get into the details.
It kicks off on the 23rd of May
Our Game Jam Summit is happening the week of the 23rd of May. So save the date. As we mentioned earlier, it’s only five days long, so make sure you’ll want to keep the entire week clear in your diary.
Where will it be?
It’s purely online. And it’ll be hosted on BigFry’s discord. We’ll send the link to the server closer to the time with a developer package of everything you need to know. And we’ll also reveal the theme the day before.
What can you win?
There’s a cash prize for the top winners. And we’ll also have some goodies ready from our partners. We’ll announce more details closer to the jam itself.
Each day we’ll run a Q&A session
We’ve lit the beacons and called in our favours. Each day will have a unique theme, and we’ll run in-depth Q&A sessions with the pros from all corners of the industry. Here’s the schedule and who you can expect to see there:
Session one: Pitching to investors
During this panel, you can expect to learn how investors think, what type of questions they tend to ask, and exactly how to secure any investment for your game.
When: Monday 23rd May, 11am EST
- Ben Cousens, Venture Principal from Lakestar
- Nick Button Brown, Investor at Angel Groups
Bonus session: Finding game ideas
Finding ideas for your games can be a tricky and slow process. Even more so when you only have a few days to whip together a prototype. So we’ve invited the crew from Homa Games and Mountaintop Studios to share their advice and experience behind coming up with killer ideas for games.
When: Monday 23rd May, 10am EST
Session two: Building Multiplayer Games
Straight from the horse’s mouth, Mark Terrano and Brian Etheridge will share their first-hand experience making games and cover the do’s and don’ts when working with multiplayer elements.
When: Tuesday 24th May, 11am EST
- Mark Terrano, Design Director & Founder at Mountaintop Studios
- Brian Etheridge, Publishing Director at Tripwire
Session three: Preparing to launch
Gameye and Latency.GG will cover all of the steps a multiplayer developer will need to take when launching their game, from servers to matchmaking tools.
When: Wednesday 25th May, 11am EST
- Mo AbdAllah, CTO at Gameye
- Junior Mba, Customer Experience Manager at Gameye
- Tim Armstrong, Director of Latency.GG
Session four: Finding the right tools to work with
The gang at Photon Engine and GDevelop will chat about the different tools and technology you might need to set up for your game.
When: Thursday 26th May, 11am EST
Session five: Keeping the game alive
And to finish the week off, the experts at LootLocker, Zebedee and Yager will cover just how to keep players interested and engaged once you’ve launched your game.
When: Friday 27th May, 11am EST
- Alexander Bergendahl, Co-Founder & CEO of LootLocker
- Ben Cousens, Head of Business Development at Zebedee
- Dan Banefelt, Creative Director at Yager
We want to help you make awesome games
Our goal with the jam is to help you along your game development journey. We wanted to create an event where you could hone your skills, learn from the best, and meet like-minded developers in the industry. So even if you don’t want to participate in the jam itself, we’d recommend coming along anyway and saying hello.
We’ve got some house rules
The biggest rule, and most obvious, is no cheating. But we have some other ones to keep it fair and consistent. We won’t go over each one of them now, but make sure to have a read through them before signing up.
Some countries won’t be eligible for the prize
You’re still welcome to enter. But for legal reasons, some countries won’t be eligible for the grand prize. That, and you also have to be over 18. Make sure to check this section out on our website before signing up.