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Global Game Jam 2015: Albany Jam-Site registration is now open!

Posted By Danielle Cerniglia, Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Updated: Monday, December 22, 2014

Join us for the 7th annual Global Game Jam, happening in the same 48 hours all over the world!

Important information, at a glance:

When:  Friday, January 23rd, through Sunday, January 25th.
Where:  University at Albany (directions here). 
How much does it cost?
     Early bird online registration (before January 16th): $10
     Online registration (before January 23rd at 4pm): $15
     Onsite registration: $20
     UAlbany students and IGDA members get a $3 discount. See below for more details.

How do I sign up?  Register here!

Want to know more? Keep reading!

What's this game jam thing?
A game jam is a cooperative gathering of game developers to encourage experimentation and innovation – participants come together without a team, without a game idea, and are given a subject/theme to incorporate in their game while meeting new people. On Sunday, games are uploaded to the global site, and local games are reviewed on site.
Where is it?
SUNY Albany will be the host site in Albany for the seventh annual Global Game Jam, from January 23rd through January 25th, 2015. Other sites around the world will run game jams with similar rules and limitations, each starting in its own time zone.
Directions & Parking
Provided Software
Lab computers will be available for use. A full list of software that will be announced
You can also bring your laptop, and use any software you like.
IGDA Member Discount: 
IGDA Members qualify for a $3.00 discount. Send a note to with the name on your membership or member number for information on how to receive the discount.
UA Student Discount: 
University at Albany students qualify for a $3.00 discount. Send a note to for information on how to receive the discount.
The registration fee at the door will go toward food for the duration of the Jam. More details on food will be coming soon!
What to bring
Bring yourself. If you have a computer you want to work on, bring that. USB drives aren't a bad idea either. NOTE: there will not be secure storage on-campus. You are responsible for securing any equipment you bring.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
What not to bring
Pre-organized teams and pre-designed games. Everyone is encouraged to form teams on Friday after the theme of the game jam has been announced.
The rules of the game jam prohibit the use pre-made content (this includes program code, audio, graphics, models, etc.) unless it was publicly available at least a month prior to the game jam. The SUNY labs will closed at night.
Intellectual Property
All Games, Ideas, Art, Code and Concepts made during the Global Game Jam are owned by the members of that team. This includes all aspects of intellectual property, including Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Copyright. In the spirit of a game jam there are often many people helping one another. When appropriate acknowledgements will be made to those parties, all members of the team are held to standard industry practices of collaboration.
All participants of the Global Game Jam will allow their game to be archived on the Global Game Jam website in the form it was submitted at the end of the game jam on January 25, 2015. Participants may ask to have an update of their game posted with notice of version information.
All materials made at the Global Game Jam can be used for demonstration and lecture at conferences, schools or industry venues (example: GDC 2010) with the expressed discretion of the Global Game Jam, the IGDA and IGDA Education SIG.
As an initiative of the IGDA, the Global Game Jam is fun and trying to keep things simple. Rule of thumb is that teams are not going to illegally exploit others' IP, and that in turn, everything we create becomes part of the public domain. Participants agree that their participation in the Global Game Jam will hold no one liable for any loss or damage.

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