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News  9, Jan 2014

Indonesia too jumps in to host Global Game Jam

Jakarta, Yogakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar & Bandung are among 361 global cities registered as of now that will be hosting the Global Game Jam later this month

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) being held globally from January 24 to January 26, will be held in Indonesian cities Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar & Bandungtoo this year.

The event will see game developers from across the globe design and create innovative gaming ideas in under 48 hours. GGJ is organised by Global Game Jam Inc, an international non-profit corporation based in San Luis Obispo, California, with a mission to foster game design and game education through innovative events.

Established in 2009 and modelled on Hackathons, GGJ is not a competition and there are no winners. Its purpose is to stir a global creative buzz in games, and at the same time explore the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression.

Indonesia is playing host to GGJ for the first time and is being organised by Kris Antoni Hadiputra Nurwono, CEO, Toge Productions (a games development studio) and Marlin Sugama, Co-founder, Main Studios (a creative studio committed to stories and characters development for digital entertainment content) in Jakarta.

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In Yogyakarta, Dennis Adriansyah Ganda, CEO, Amagine Interactive (an indie mobile game development studio) will be organising the event.

In Denpasar, Bali, the event is being organised by Gamedev Bali (Bali based community of game developers) and Darma Kotama, a game developer.

In Bandung, Mohammad Zaki, a representative of GDB, a game development community will be leading the event.

The Surabaya chapter of the event is being organised by Eka Pramudita Muharram, an indie game developer.

More than 360 cities had registered for the Jam to be held later this month at the time of filing the story. The last date for registration is January 15.

There is no registration fee; however, participants will be required to bring their own tools (computers, mobile devices, game consoles). There are no restrictions on the hardware and software that participants can use.

The intellectual property of the created game will be given to the participants, but Global Game Jam committee can use those games for demonstration purposes.

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Last year, GGJ was held in 319 cities in 63 countries. It saw ideation/creation of 3248 games.

Among other cities that are participating in GGJ from Southeast Asia, include Singapore; Bayan Baru and Petaling Jaya (Malaysia); Manila, Science City of Munoz and Makati City (Philippines).

GGJ 2014 is hoping to log more than 17,000 game makers, surpassing the 2013 number of 16,700 jammers.

With inputs from Daily Social

Adrian Tjahjadi

Adrian Tjahjadi

Adrian Tjahjadi is a life-long learner who is eager to make a difference in someone’s life, however small it is. A former Singapore ASEAN Scholarship recipient, he has wide-range of interests: personal development, technological advancement, brand management, and advertising. Currently an undergraduate student in Indonesia-based Universitas Pelita Harapan, he is most likely spends his free time satisfying his hobbies - running, backpacking, photography, and magic.

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