Digital games will explore Sami culture as Sami Game Jam arrives in Utsjoki, Finland’s northernmost municipality, from 21-25 February. Experienced game developers and Sami people interested in game development are invited to co-create gaming explorations of various Sami themes.
An intensive multiple day game jam, games will be built by diverse teams around predefined themes, from an idea to playable game.
Sami people are the only recognised indigenous group in Finland and Scandinavia, and Sami Game Jam opens new avenues into Sami culture and traditional storytelling.
Games developed during the event will be combined into an exhibition in cooperation with Aalto University and the Finnish Museum of Games. The games and themes as well as the stories behind them will travel through museums and exhibition spaces in Finland, other Nordic countries and Europe during 2019-2020.
Join Sami Game Jam
As the games will be created in cooperation with experienced game developers, no previous game-making experience is required – and one does not have to be Sami to order to participate. Participants will also receive compensation for travel costs.
Check out an interview with one of the invited developers joining Sami Game Jam:
The deadline to apply for Sami Game Jam is 2 February. Learn more and submit your application here.
Sami Game Jam is organised by Finnish Game Jam at Áilegas Centre in cooperation with the municipality of Utsjoki, Finland and supported by the Majaoja Foundation and Neogames.