Perpignan Game Jam

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We had a great time organizing the game jam, and were impressed by the projects that people were able to finish in a such a short time. Bravo to all the participants!

You can now play the games made during the jam on itch.io.

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Perpignan Game Jam

Play Curious, Malette Escape and UPVD IN CUBE are organizing the Perpignan Game Jam: 48h to create a game! Whether you are a pro or an amateur: come use your skills as a developer, game designer, graphic artist, sound designer, illustrator, musician, animator, or video maker!

What’s a game jam, already?

The term “game jam” comes from the the tradition of a “jam session” in music, where musicians improvise together to come up with new songs and new sounds.

A game jam is like a hackathon, where a bunch of people come together to create a game very quickly, usually over a weekend.

Usually, a theme is given right before the jam starts as a source of inspiration. Sometimes there is a prize for the “best games”, but for most people the point of a game jam is the opportunity to meet others, flex your skills, learn new ones, and explore new ideas.

Image by Jason Krüger — Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.

Why do a game jam?

If you have already taken on a game project, you know how long, painful, and discouraging it can be. A game jam is a great way to surpass these limits by fixing such a limited time that you have to get straight to the point. Also, you can try new ideas, new technologies, and new ways of doing things…

Furthermore, it’s a great way to meet other people who are into game development, and start new collaborations!

A FIRST FOR PERPIGNAN!

As far as we know, this is the first game jam organized in Perpignan. But surely not the last!

Who can participate?

The event is open for all people 18 and over, whether this is your first experience or if you are a lead developer at Ubisoft.

Anyone is willing to come. Since you are making real video games, not just coming up with ideas, it’s important to have some experience in programming, graphics, music, animation, writing, and anything else that you can put to use.

That said, if you don’t have these practical skills, you can still make board games!

You can recruit your team ahead of time and come with them. Otherwise, you can form teams with others who are looking for your skills or who are into your ideas.

How much does it cost?

It’s completely free!

The organisers

The Perpignan Game Jam is co-organized by UPVD INCUBE, Play Curious and Malette Escape.

UPVD INCUBE

The startup incubator at the University of Perpignan

PLAY CURIOUS

Explore fascinating subjects through playing video games, completely free on your phone or computer

Project founded by Jean-Christophe Letraublon and Jesse Himmelstein

MALETTE ESCAPE

Creating a series of team-building activities for companies around escape games

Project founded by Matthieu Gusse and Julien Clermont

The place: UPVD INCUBE

UPVD INCUBE, the startup incubator at the University of Perpignan. A unique space entirely dedicated to fostering entrepreneurial innovation at the heart of the Pyrénées-Orientales

A beautiful building with lots of space for hosting a game jam! (Plus a ping-ping and a foosball table).

Program

  Friday November 9
18:00 Opening
  Welcoming participants with cocktail dinner
   
19:00-20:00 Welcoming talk
  Introduction by Play Curious
  Presentation of the theme, the prizes, the jury members
  How to make your game jam a success
   
20:00-21:00 Brainstorming alone or in groups (20 min)
  Then pitch session:
  Anyone can pitch an idea, but each pitch has to be under a minute.
  Each person pitching says what skills they are looking for in their team
   
21:00-22:00 Team building
  The organizers will help people form teams so that everyone takes part.
   
22:00 Start making games!
  Saturday November 10
14:00-18:00 Check up
  The organizers will check up on each team, help resolve problems
  Sunday November 11
14:00 Demo time!
   
16:00-16:30 Jury deliberation
   
16:30 Prize giving
   
16:30 Buffet
   
18:30 Closing

Practical info

We’re looking for 50-60 participants. You can sign from September 20 to November 6 at midnight.

A team of 4-6 people will be on site to manage and organize the event over the weekend. The incubator will be open nonstop from Friday to Sunday night.

Outside of the buffet offered at the opening and closing of the event, each person should organize themselves as see fit for working, eating, and resting.

We are organizing drinks and snacks as well.

Contact

Feel free to contact us with any questions

You can write us at <pre>hello AT playcurious DOT games</pre>


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As part of the Curious Club mailing list, you’ll get the full story behind the making of our games, be the first to find out about new games we’re working on, get to give your feedback and even shape the direction we take in the future!

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