AIE backs first ever Gold Coast venue for the Global Game Jam

AIE backs first ever Gold Coast venue for the Global Game Jam

The Gold Coast debuts as a venue for the 2016 Global Game Jam thanks to AIE teacher Sam Cartwright.

Cartwright, who is a senior programming teacher at the AIE’s online campus, has successfully organised the region’s first ever Global Game Jam location at the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Coomera campus.

The Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game jam (game creation) event. In 2015 the event was conducted at over 500 locations in 78 countries, with 5439 games created in one weekend.

The 2016 event will be held on January 29. Participants will have 48 hours to form groups and make a video game.

“At the moment we have 35 registered jammers [for the Gold Coast], but I'm expecting that to grow to over 40,” says Cartwright, who adds that they’ve limited tickets to 80 but the venue has the capacity to fit more.

As well as being the first time the Global Game Jam has run on the Gold Coast, this year Queensland will have three venues - more than any other state - with the event returning to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Cartwright encourages all AIE students - and prospective students - to participate.

“This is a great opportunity for students to meet other members of the game development community and participate regardless of skill level. Since the GGJ isn't a competition the atmosphere is a lot more supportive. With the number of Jam sites around Australia this year I hope that all online students will take the opportunity to participate.”

Click here for more information on the Global Game Jam 2016 and here to find out more about AIE’s Online Campus.

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