IGDA Game Jam 2014 – Less is More

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Have you ever stayed up ‘til 5AM playing video games? Do you see Flappy Bird flying around in your dreams? Know how great it feels like to PWN others? There’s only one thing better than playing video games – and that’s making them.

IGDA Estonia is organizing a cool game jam weekend that aims to bring together game enthusiasts to compete in planning, designing and creating a playable game from scratch, under the guidance of international gaming experts. Come and meet other developers, learn about the industry and create something awesome!

This year´s theme “Less is More” is giving you a plenty of space for interpretation. Anyone interested in development, design, marketing and business development are welcome to join. No limits or regulations on the genre, platform or OS of the game. You just need to bring your computer and you are ready for action.

Besides prizes by AdCash, Game Connection, Softlayer, Fortumo, AppCampus and Razer  for the best performances selected by the jury of organizers, mentors and sponsors, all the games developed during the event will get the opportunity to be showcased at MängudeÖÖ by Level 1 on October 25th.

We have a great bunch of gaming brains on board and a wide range of hot topics discussed, including game design, monetization, free-to-play, marketing, user experience tools and many more. Check out the list of mentors.

Additionally, AppCampus will add an extra sparkle to the event by bringing their new intake of start-ups over for the whole gaming weekend.

Are you ready to get inspired and build the next hit game? Join IGDA Game Jam! Registration open at Amiando. The ticket  includes meals from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon so there's one thing less for you to worry about and more time for hacking.

Preliminary schedule:

Thursday, September 18th at 7PM: pre-party @AdCash. REGISTER NOW at Eventbrite and join us for a fun evening!
Friday, September 19th: event kick-off - teams will be formed based on the game ideas and the skills of participants. Note: if you have been registered as a programmer, but it turns out on spot that you´d rather fit your team as a designer or maybe want to do both, noboy will mind the change. Everybody will find a place!
Friday-Sunday: workshops and developing the games- besides heavy coding, you will get the chance to hear good advice from well-known gaming experts and participate their seminars and workshops
Sunday, September 21st: each team will present their game, the jury will announce winners, end of game jam

The game jam takes place at Baltic Film and Media School (27 Narva maantee, Tallinn). Detailed schedule will be announced soon.

If you feel you need a little break between the hard work and seminars, you can have some rest at French Institute gaming corner, playing PS4 games: Valiant Hearts: The Great War , Trials Fusion, Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition, Assasin´s Creed IV: Black Flag and Rayman Legends.

NB! BFM will be closed for a couple of hours during the Game Jam nights to make sure you don't overwork. This means you'll need a place to stay and hopefully get some sleep on Friday & Saturday. If you need a couch to crash on, let us know and we'll try hooking you up with a cool host. For Tallinn-based Game Jam participants - if you want to accommodate some of these nice people during the event, we'd be happy to hear from you. Get in touch at gamejam@igdaestonia.org

The event is sponsored by GameFounders, Cashplay, Fortumo, Creative Mobile, AdCash, Softlayer, Razer and French Institute. The event’s media partner is Level 1. The event is funded from the European Social Fund's entrepreneurship awareness program.

More info:
Game Jam 2014 in Facebook
www.level1.ee

If you still didn´t find the answer you were looking for, please contact: gamejam@igdaestonia.org

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