Scotland prepares for 48 hours of game design as Game Jam returns to Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 10, 2012 -- January 2012's Scottish Game Jam is fast approaching, providing a fantastic opportunity for games students and indie developers alike to create a game in just 48 hours.

For the fourth consecutive year the Scottish Game Jam will be hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University, where teams of developers, artists, designers work to build a finished game with working mechanics and gameplay over the course of 48 hours. The Scottish Game Jam is organised each year by Romana Khan and Dr Jonathan Sykes and has become one of the most successful jams in the world, significantly increasing their participant numbers year on year since the first event in 2009. Last year 114 gamers took part, creating 17 games in just 48 hours.

The Scottish Game Jam has been welcomed by the Scottish Games Industry as a fantastic platform for young developers, artists and designers to showcase their talents. Dr Jonathan Sykes, Glasgow Caledonian University's senior lecturer in Games Design and a co-organiser of the event explains the success of the Scottish Game Jam in a relatively short space of time: "The Scottish Game Jam is traditionally one of the biggest sites in the UK and this year we hope to be the second or third largest site in the world. In my opinion students learn as much in 48 hours of Game Jam than they do over a traditional 12 week of course work - they experience exactly what 'crunch time' is like in the industry. They also see the 'pipeline' of game creation which can be hard to re-create within an academic course."

2012 is shaping up to be the most exciting year yet for Scottish Game Jam, with confirmed support coming from Richard Lemarchand, Lead Game Designer at Naughty Dog Games, Liam Wong from Crytek , and Dave Thomson from Ludometrics. With many more judges in the process of being confirmed, the Scottish Game Jam judging panel is beginning to look like a who's who of games luminaries. In a first for a Global Game Jam event, the SGJ has partnered with open source, version control system company GitHub to provide each team with free GitHub plans. Scottish Game Jam organisers are also pleased to announce that both PopCap Games and Game Loft will be sponsoring the event.

The 2012 Scottish Game Jam will take place from the 27th - 29th of January at Glasgow Caledonian University. Registration is now closed, but visit [] to learn more and find out the full Scottish Game Jam programme.

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