Playcrafting and Microsoft are collaborating on a huge jam site in NYC for the 2017 Global Game Jam!
Join us for a weekend of game-making plus free talks and workshops, refreshments and prizes! Stay tuned to this page as we confirm speakers, workshops and prizes in the coming weeks!
Speed up the registration process by signing up on globalgamejam.org. All projects must be submitted to the website in order to be considered for prizes. Entry to this event is free, but please sign up on Eventbrite so we can have your name at the door.
The site itself will be open 6pm to 8pm on Friday, 9am to 9pm on Saturday and 9am to 8pm on Sunday. Games can be worked on outside of the site, but we'll be closing down at the specified time each night.
This is an inclusive site - people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You do not need to be an active game developer to participate. Many game developers will be in attendance, though, too!
All games will have the same theme, which will be announced at our kickoff on Friday night. If you have more questions about how the Global Game Jam works, visit globalgamejam.org. We will provide free meals and workshops throughout the weekend and will also have designated quiet zones for teams needing the space to concetrate.
In the interest of fostering an inclusive and safe environment at all of our events, our Code of Conduct will be enforced.
Tweet along with us throughout the event!
Day 1 – Friday, January 20th
6pm - 8pm: Check In & Team Formation Throughout
6pm: Keynote Premiere, debuting the design constraint
Welcome from Playcrafting and Microsoft
Ice Breakers & Team Formation
8pm: End of Day 1
Day 2 – Saturday, January 21st
9am - 9pm: Working on Games
10-11am: Talk / Workshop (Coming soon!)
11am: Deadline to create user profile and game page on our GGJ website
10-12pm: Talk / Workshop (Coming soon!)
11-12pm: Talk / Workshop (Coming soon!)
12-1pm: Talk / Workshop (Coming soon!)
1-2pm: HoloLens Talk
2-3pm: Kids Workshop (Coming soon!)
3-4pm: Kids Workshop (Coming soon!)
6pm - 7pm: Playtesting each other's games
9pm: End of Day 2
Day 3 – Sunday, January 31st
9am - 3pm: Working on Games
3pm: Deadline for submitting games!
Judges choose finalists.
5:00-6:00pm: Winners are announced & present their games.
6pm: Dinner & Wrap Up
8pm: End of Day 3
What to Bring
- All of your own equipment (laptops, cords, adapters, software, etc). Anything you need to jam and make a game this weekend will need to be brought by you. We will not be providing.
- A government-issued photo ID.
What NOT to Bring
- Coming soon!
We Will Provide
- Outlets, wifi, meals (dinner tonight, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday, breakfast/lunch/dinner Sunday). We cannot guarantee that we will meet everyone's dietary restrictions, so you can grab food and bring it back if need be.
Please note: Filming is occurring at this event. You may be videotaped or recorded. Food will be available in limited quantities. Please be courteous.
Notice: Government and Public Education Employees
Microsoft wants to ensure that we– and you– comply with applicable government gift and ethics laws. As a result, Microsoft respectfully declines to provide government employees with ‘giveaways’ of Microsoft products or other items of value (including software, meals, and other items) without payment or prior authorization from your agency ethics officer/attorney.
Please specify on your registration materials and evaluation form if you are a government employee, refrain from requesting or accepting giveaways during this event unless you pay full marketing value or have provided us with a gift letter from your ethics officer for these items.
Date and Time
11 Times Square
(41st Street & 8th Ave. – Use 8th Ave. Entrance)
New York, NY 10019