Game centers

Global Game Jam 2022

Kick off 2022 by creating a new game and meeting new game creators! NYU Game Center’s NYU Global Game Jam site is back online this year! Join the NYU Game Center location from anywhere in the world and bring the Brooklyn vibe to your living room! Jam with NYU Game Center students, faculty, alumni, and friends on our GGJ Discord 2022 (link to be posted soon)! More information on the structure and schedule of the jam below.

The Global Game Jam brings game creators, musicians, artists, programmers, newbies and veterans together to create a game based on a shared global theme in forty-eight hours. Join 280,000 other game creators from 93 countries around the world to create a game every year at the end of January!

People of all skill levels and experiences are welcome and encouraged to jam! Although the jam is entirely online, you are welcome to create all types of games, including non-digital ones!

Ideas that started simply at NYU GGJ have grown into awesome, award-winning games! The 2013 GGJ game Mushroom 11 was released on Steam, having been nominated for an IGF, IndieCade, and PAX 10 nomination, among other festivals and awards. The GGJ 2014 game by Nina Freeman and Emmett Butler How do you do it? is out now and has been selected for IndieCade as well as nominated for an IGF. Not everyone makes a digital game; Our site’s best overall game of 2014 was a board game called Lucca, which became an official selection at IndieCade 2014.

2022 NYU Game Center Jam Schedule and Structure:

On Friday, January 21 at 6:00 PM EST, we’ll kick things off with the official videos of GGJ’s keynote and theme announcement. The announcement will take place either on Zoom or Twitch, with more information to come.

After kickoff, everyone will head to the NYU GGJ Discord and start brainstorming ideas, forming teams, and creating games. We will have channels set up for you to share your ideas and meet new people.

The weekend is structured in a relaxed way and you are welcome to work at your own pace, with whoever you want, using the tools/platforms you like.

On Sunday, January 23 at 5:00 p.m. EST, the games will be judged! A team of judges (composed of NYU Game Center faculty and local indie developers) will hand out some fun awards, and the winning teams will showcase their games.

How do I enter the NYU Game Center Global Game Jam Discord?

We will post an invitation link on this site and on our GGJ registration page closer to the jam.

If you are new to Discord, we recommend downloading it in advance and creating an account:

Who can join the NYU Game Center jam site?

Anybody! Our jam site is open to the public and you can join us from anywhere in the world. If you are under 18, you will need to jam with a guardian.

Can I come to the NYU Game Center in person and jam?

The jam is entirely online this year, unfortunately the NYU Game Center will not be open for in-person jamming.

Do I need to be an expert in creating games to jam?

No! Jam is a great place to learn new skills. You can start with a non-digital game, join a team on Friday night, or take advantage of the suggested jam tools (displayed at the start of the jam) and learn something new!

What do I need to participate in the jam? Will I need to download specific programs?

You’ll need internet, computer, and Discord access, but other than that you’ll be free to use whatever tools and platforms you like, including creating a non-digital game.

How does creating a non-digital game work for an online-only game jam?

You can share your game via videos, photos, .pdf or online board game simulators like Tabletopia or Tabletop Simulator.

I can’t be here all weekend! Can I come and play games on Sunday?

Yes! The Sunday Showcase is open to everyone, and you’re invited to join the Discord on Sunday night to play what everyone else has been up to over the weekend!