get into gaming: game jam 2016

There are over 1,900 games companies active in the UK.

In fact, the industry is facing an entrepreneurial boom, with the number of companies growing 22% year on year.

Creative industries as a whole are at an all-time high, adding a whopping £77 Billion to the UK economy.

So if there was ever a time to find your creative flair or hone in on your talents, it would be right about now.

And at the end of this month, Glyndŵr University is hosting the perfect opportunity to do just that…

The largest Global Game Jam gathering in Wales at its Centre for the Creative Industries, Wrexham, on Friday January 29.

Adults and children aged seven and over are being invited to join an army of 28,000 gamers worldwide to create a brand new video game in just 48 hours.

The jam is traditionally launched by a keynote speaker, which this year will be Chris Payne, lead programmer at Traveller’s Tales Games.

Chris has worked on a series of Lego franchise video games including Lego Harry Potter, Lego Dimensions and Lego Batman.

Rich Hebblewhite, senior lecturer in computing at Glyndŵr University, said: “We want to bring people together from all backgrounds and encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.

“As well as being great fun for children, the Game Jam has massive educational potential as well and it would be great to get more young people involved.

“And we wouldn’t discourage anyone else either - the Global Game Jam is designed to accommodate people from all backgrounds and skill levels. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary,” added Rich.

“There were 28,800 game jammers across the world last year who dedicated a staggering development time of more than 850,000 hours to the cause and we want to beat that if we can.”

Following registration from 4pm on Friday, January 29 the theme for this year’s game jam will be revealed at 5pm.

Chris Payne’s keynote talk will be followed by a brainstorming session before work begins on game creation before the deadline of 5pm on Sunday, January 31.

There is a registration fee of £10 for the event which is payable online by following the link.

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