CETES aims for collaboration and creativity as host site for Global Game Jam

The Center for Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES) at Cameron University will serve as a host site for the Global Game Jam (GGJ), the world’s largest game jam event. The Global Game Jam, an opportunity to experience the ultimate in collaboration and creativity, takes place from January 24 to 26 at locations around the world.  During the Global Game Jam, participants will create games, digital or otherwise, over a 48-hour period. Registration is free and can be completed online at http://globalgamejam.org/2014/jam-sites/lawton-area-ggj. For more information, contact CETES at 580-581-5447.

“From pitching an idea to a playable game uploaded on Sunday, the Global Game Jam offers a prime opportunity to network, develop skills and finish a gaming product over a weekend,” says Arun Tilak, Director, CETES. “Our facility and resources will be open for the entire 48 hours, giving participants a home base where they can work uninterrupted to complete their games by the Sunday deadline.”

After arriving at CETES at 5 p.m. on Friday, GGJ participants will view a short video keynote which contains advice from leading game developers and during which a secret theme is announced. Participants then dive into the collaborative process to brainstorm and ultimately develop a game based on the theme by Sunday afternoon. 

Registrants are able to explore new technology tools, try on new roles in development and test their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours. After uploading their Creative Commons-licensed games to the Global Game Jam website, participants showcase their creations to other attendees and members of the public.  

The Global Game Jam was launched in 2009 when 1,650 participants created 370 games. Last year, 16,705 registered participants from 309 locations in 63 countries created more than 3,000 games in one weekend. The Global Game Jam is operated by volunteers and is intended to stimulate collaboration.

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January 14, 2014

PR# 14-008