Global Game Jam 2019 at The Art Institute

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Art Institute

7650 Mission Valley Road

San Diego, CA 92108

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The 2019 Global Game Jam at The Art Institute

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.

The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

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Ticket Prices

  • Early Bird - $30

  • General Admission - $40

General Information

  • Food and drinks will be provided all weekend.

  • Computers and software are available on site or you can bring your own laptops.

  • Café on campus and shopping center nearby for food and supplies.

  • Designated sleeping rooms will be available for sleeping overnight. Please bring sleeping bags.



  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Check in

  • 7:00pm - 7:30pm : Opening statements, theme reveal, ground rules

  • 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Pitch ideas and form teams.

  • 8:00pm: Jam starts! Dinner is served!


  • 10:00am: Brunch

  • 5:00pm: Dinner


  • 10:00am: Brunch

  • 5:00pm: Dinner

  • 7:00pm: Submission window closes

  • 7:15pm: Game showcase

  • 8:30 - 9:00pm: Cleaning the campus

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If you are interested in sponsoring please email contact@igdasandiego.org.

More Info!

What is a game jam?

A game jam is an event where pros and hobbyists come together to build a game in a set period of time, usually 48 hours. Participants are given a theme and set out to interpret that theme into a game in small groups.

Is this a competition?

The GGJ is designed to stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.

How many people will be there?

We expect 80-120 participants. You are free to stay and sleep on campus over night.

Do I need to be a game developer to attend?

The jam is open to everyone regardless of skill level or profession.

What kind of games can I make?

All types of video games and board games

Do I have to stay for the whole event?

Nope, you are free to come and go as you please

Do I need to be an IGDA member to participate?

This event is open to the public.

Contact IGDA-SD!

Still have questions? Contact us at contact@igdasandiego.org!

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