Portland Global Game Jam® 2017 (hosted by PIGSquad)

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Portland Global Game Jam® 2017 (hosted by PIGSquad)

When and where

Date and time


The Art Institute of Portland 1122 Northwest Davis Street 2nd Floor Room 263 Portland, OR 97209

Map and directions

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To hold your place at the jam, sign up for a ticket via this Eventbrite listing!

"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."

Hello jammers! Global Game Jam gives us an opportunity to develop games amongst friends and new acquaintances in 48 hours with the Portland Indie Game Squad!

We will begin on Friday evening at the Art Institute of Portland with a keynote, icebreakers, idea generating activities, and team forming (approx. 1-2 hours). After jammers are satisfied with their ideas and teams, they will work on their games until we approach our deadline on Sunday afternoon, when we can share our games with each other in a showcase setting! To support a fun, inspiring environment, jammers are welcome to stay on site (48 hour access) at the Art Institute for the entire weekend.

  • This event is free, and registration is open to the public (18+). GGJ provides great opportunity for total beginners, industry veterans, and anything in between.

  • This event will operate in an inclusive, discrimination-free environment with no tolerance for abuse or harassment. Please refer to our Code of Conduct for more information on our policies.

  • Some participants choose not to form teams beforehand, and use GGJ to inspire new relationships via the icebreakers at the beginning of the 48 hour period. Other enjoy working with people they already know or alone, and that's okay!

  • We will not have dedicated sleeping spaces. Some equipment will be provided, though jammers are responsible for their own overall health, wellness, and other needs (which will be supported via suggested breaks, mealtimes, etc.).

  • Jammers are welcome to work remotely, but we ask that you join us on Friday until late and for the last few hours on Sunday.

  • Updates regarding on-location snacks and other logistics will be added to this and other event listings soon.

  • We will be hosting events leading up the the jam, and after for those who want to showcase their projects, and as always the last 2 hours of our jam will be used as a showcase.

Jammers are considered officially registered when they have a ticket via this Eventbrite site. Global Game Jam website registration will occur the weekend of the jam. We have room for 100 jammers. If more than 100 people come to the event and plan to participate for the entire weekend, Eventbrite site registrants will be accepted first, then PIGSquad Facebook group registrants, then it's first-come-first-serve. Those who plan to jam remotely or only spend a small portion of their weekend on site at the jam are not required to claim an Eventbrite ticket. Observers are welcome, but should not sign up for a ticket (RSVP'ing on Facebook is fine.)

If you have any additional questions, comments, or suggestions, please visit the Global Game Jam website. If your question is not answered, you are welcome to e-mail info at pigsquad dot com or message an admin on the Portland Indie Game Squad Facebook group!

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please email corey at pigsquad dot com for info.