After a really successful run in 2015 with 731 participants and over 130 games created in the span of 48 hours, the Nordic Game Jam organisers have set out to create an even better event for 2016 that is not only bigger in quantity, but better in quality.
The biggest on-site game jam in the world is already on its way to become even bigger for its tenth anniversary, as ticket sales launched on 27 January and sold over 350 passes in less than 24 hours.
Though the concept of a game jam is nothing new, Copenhagen has been the home of the world’s largest game jam for the last 10 years, receiving participants from all over the world with a wide range of experience and backgrounds.
Nordic Game Jam 2014
Nordic Game Jam started in 2006 by Gorm Lai as a simple event with only 40 people from the local games industry, but quickly gained enough traction to garner the interest of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and become part of something much bigger. The global edition now attracts thousands of developers participating from different locations worldwide.
“Nordic Game Jam’s tenth anniversary is a huge milestone for the event,” says Nordic Game Jam lead organiser Anchel Labena. “We’ve seen the indie games industry grow exponentially since its inception in 2006 and we are really happy to have been a part of this evolution by helping professional game developers and new talent alike make new connections and create original game concepts together.”
The aim this year is to not only make Nordic Game Jam the biggest game jam in the world once again, but also to improve its quality. The organisers have been working hard to plan for a new wave of participants and make sure that everyone has a great time at the event.
Nordic Game Jam 2014
Nordic Game Jam 2016 will take place Friday-Sunday, 8-10 April at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. The new April date (as opposed to the past few years’ February scheduling) means that participants will get to enjoy a much warmer Copenhagen, as well as the upcoming Copenhagen Games Festival that same week, which Nordic Game Jam is a big part of.
Nordic Game Jam is organised entirely by volunteers via the Danish chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA Denmark) with the help of sponsors – among these the Nordic Game 2016 conference, 18-20 May, Malmö, Sweden.