Computer gamers log in for 48-hour Global Game Jam

28 January 2010

Gamers from 39 countries are taking part in Global Game Jam 2010

Gamers from 39 countries are taking part in Global Game Jam 2010

COMPUTER game developers from across the world will link up with GCU this weekend as the University is used as the Scottish base for Global Game Jam 2010.

Gamers from all over Scotland will take part in the 48-hour challenge, from 5pm on January 29, in the Saltire Centre.

During the jam, developers, programmers, designers, artists, musicians and students will work non-stop to develop and design innovative video games.

GCU is the main Scottish location for the initiative, which involves a network of 139 locations in 39 countries.

Dr Jon Sykes, lecturer in Computing and Creative Technologies, said: “This is a chance for us to showcase the fantastic facilities available here at GCU for computing students and we will be making the most of it, using the internet to maximise global exposure.”

Student volunteers will be reporting on all the action on Twitter and Facebook with the winner of Scottish Game Jam being selected by an expert panel, which will include a rep from digital toy makers, Denki.

Staff from events and facilities have been helping to prepare the Saltire Centre, but the students themselves will bring sleeping bags and provisions for the weekend.

Henry Tsang, Yasmin Mann and Matthew Sharpe – who are all studying Game Design at GCU – are among the participants in Scottish Game Jam joining students from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Paisley.