Game Jam Sydney 2016

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January 2016


Northern Sydney Institute

Cameraygal Building
213 Pacific Hwy,
St Leonards NSW 2065

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Global Game Jam

What / Why

Global Game Jam Sydney is a local site for the Global Game Jam, an annual event that takes place simultaneously in more than 140 locations around the world.

For 48 hours, over the weekend of Jan 29-31, a group of about 150 game designers, developers and artists - both amateur and professional - will come together for an intensive Jam Session, forming small creative teams to design and prototype innovative game ideas. We provide the space, the tools you needed and even catering. You make the games, and the IP stays with you!

It's a fun weekend, but we also hope it's something more. We want to stimulate the game development scene in Australia. We have the talent, the creativity and the resources to create a truly Australian games industry, we just need the initiative to give it a go. We hope that Global Game Jam Sydney continues to be a spark that helps ignite the flame.

Check out highlights from previous year's GJS 2015!

Documentary and Results of Global Game Jam Sydney 2015

Check out highlights from previous year's GJS 2014!

ABC Compass coverage of Global Game Jam Sydney 2014

Game Jam Sydney is brought to you by the good people of IGDA Sydney.

IGDA Sydney logo


Participants came from far and wide, from all walks of life. 2014's jam had everyone from students, to professionals, to semi-pro's. All jammed in together for the love of games!


2014 Sydney game jammers



GameJam Sydney is a non-profit event for which we rely upon generous sponsors, but there is a registration fee for the weekend to cover equipment hire & catering.


GameJam games must be created from scratch based on a TOP SECRET brief when the comp kicks off on the Friday evening. The event runs non-stop for 48 hours straight. Food & Drink will be catered and rest areas provided if you need to re-charge your batteries.


There will be some decent computers provided at St Leonards TAFE, equipped with some game development tools. You are also quite welcome to bring your own devices.

Can we just watch?

The Game Jam itself is a closed laboratory hot-house, but there'll be plenty of opportunity to follow pics, videos and interviews with the Game Jam Teams in action throughout the weekend, and you can see the final prototypes the following weekend at the presentation event.

Who owns the IP?

Intellectual Property for the games remains 100% with you - the creators. However source code must be uploaded to the Global Game Jam website at the end of the jam.

I'm thinking of sponsoring the event - can I have some more info?

Sure! Global Game Jam Sydney Sponsor Info

I'm a member of the media and I'd like to cover your event

Please get in touch with Geoff Hill


Principal Sponsors

Hectic Games

Location Sponsors

St Leonard's TAFE

Indie Sponsors

The Trophy Store
Well Placed Cactus