Perpignan Game Jam 2020

++ Update Oct 19: The Perpignan Game Jam is happening online! ++

++ Update Oct 18: LudiConcept joins the fun ++

Perpignan Game Jam 2020 - Online Format

Even covid can't stop us from making games together! Come joins us online for an intense weekend of video game creation at the Perpignan Game Jam 2020.

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Play Curious, NTWU and UPVD INCUBE are proud to announce the 3rd edition of the Perpignan Game Jam.

Obviously, this is a strange year, forcing us to deal with unpredictable and complex health conditions. We'll be providing an online format that allows us to keep the event on and as fun as always.

We're setting up a dedicated Discord server so that all the participants can chat, collaborate, and play together over the weekend. Coaches from the game industry will be available in order to help you debug your code, polish your sound, and get those animations looking right.

In addition, the event will be broadcast and commented on a Twitch live stream to highlight the projects, the jury, the coaches and special guests.

For more information, see the "practical info" section below.

Games? Jams? What is this strange thing of which you speak?

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.

To get a better idea of what a game jam looks like, check out these videos from the 2019 edition:

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 a AAA studio.

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, or anything else that you can put to use.

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.

Minors can also participate, but they will need their legal guardians to first sign a disclaimer. Please contact us directly in this case.

Le Jury

We're proud to announce our jury for this year's event:

Marie Legrand is a game developer and designer at NaturelPad and cofounder of Mad Pumpkins Game Studio. Former president of Push Start and active member of Women in Games, she plays a strong role in encouraging the development of the video game industry in the Occitanie region. She is a huge fan of game jams (and coffee), and is fascinated by every aspect of game development and creativity.
Yannick Elahee (Tavrox) specializes in marketing, producing, and developing video games. He put out "Lavapools" in 2016, and is now working part-time at Goblinz Studio. He spends the rest of his time working on a new rogue-like card game project called Inside My Mind.
Oscar Sahun is Programme Manager and mentor at GameBCN. He started as an Industrial Engineer with substantial experience in project management. He earned a Master’s in Game Design and Development from UPC (Technical University of Catalonia). He worked as a freelance game designer and 3D artist before co-founding Blowing Minds, an indie game studio based in Barcelona, where he had roles as both game designer and producer.

Conférence

Like last year, we'd like to open the event with a conference to present the game jam theme.

More info on its way...

BassMe joins the fun

BassMe, young startup from Perpignan, is revolutionizing the world of digital entertainment with the first portable personal subwoofer.

The best game in sound design will have the chance to win their own BassMe!

LudiConcept in the house

LudiConcept designs and produces boardgames with unique themes and a difficulty level that adapts to the players. Operation Archeo thrusts you in the world of archeology, and Cuistot Fury is a fast and furious cooking game. LudiConcept also develops bespoke games for companies and the public sector.

LudicConcept will award one of its games to the winning team of the game jam!

Pratical Info

Since the lockdown doesn't allow us to welcome you in person as we had originally hoped, we are moving to an online-only format.

A dedicated Discord server will allow all the participants to communicate. Coaches specialized in their domain of game design will be present throughout the weekend to help you get over whatever obstacles come between you and your dream game.

In addition, fun activities and interviews will be organized during the weekend, like musical games, artistic challenges, etc.

How much does it cost?

This year, we're asking for 5€ per ticket to help pay for the event, taxes and fees included.

Program

Friday November 13
17h Opening of the (virtual) doors on Discord
18h-18h30 Welcome
Introduction by the organizers
18h30-20h Conference
On the theme of the jam
20h-22h Team creation
Brainstorming, pitch session, speed dating...
The organizers will help everyone find their team
22h Let the jam begin!
Saturday November 14
24h/24 Work work work work...
Aren't you done already?
10h-22h Activities
Our streamer will keep us connected and having fun through interviews, games, and other activities.
Program on its way

| 10h-18h | Coaching | | | Coaches specialized in game creation are here to help you with their expertise: coding, sound design, animation ... Program to come |

Sunday November 15
10h-13h Coaching
Coaches specialized in game creation are here to help you with their expertise: coding, sound design, animation ... Program to come
15h Project stops
Put down those keyboards! !
16h-18h Demo time
Have the streamer and jury test your game
18h-19h Jury deliberation / public vote public
While the jury is busy deliberating, the public can play the games and vote for their favorite project
19h-19h30 Prize ceremony
20h Closing the (virtual) doors

Organizers

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

UPVD INCUBE

The startup incubator at the University of Perpignan

PLAY CURIOUS

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

Project founded by Jean-Christophe Letraublon and Jesse Himmelstein

NTWU

Specialists in organizing events around e-sports.

PUSH START

Association of professionnels et future professionnels of the video game industry.

Sharing skills and prototing the video game industry in the south of France.

Partenaires

Thanks to the support our our partners:

Contact

Feel free to contact us with any questions

You can write us at

hello@playcurious.games


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