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Plovdiv Game Jam is part of the world's largest game jam event Global Game Jam (GGJ). In 2021, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be only online. We have prepared a Discord channel for all the registered participants. We will also have live stream in Twitch and Facebook. In 2021, there are also Global Game Jam sites in Burgas, Gabrovo & Sofia. The event will be live streamed globally to the other Global Game Jam locations.

WHAT

Plovdiv Game Jam is a game development event, where people meet for a weekend and create games together. The teams work from Friday to Sunday on their games and present on Sunday to the whole jam. Plovdiv Game Jam is non-profit, focused on cooperation and made for the community; people of all ages are welcome. Come join us – all you need is a computer, happy mood and a desire to make games. Remember - we make both DIGITAL AND BOARD GAMES!

WHEN

27 January - 31 January 2021

Book the dates already now! As every year, one of the last weekends of January is the Global Game Jam weekend, so clear your calendar and come prepared! This time, due to the COVID situation, we will have 2 more days for development. The GGJ theme will be announced on the 27th of January and you can start working on your games. We will create games and have fun together, online.

PROGRAM

Friday starts with talks from game dev professionals, an international keynote, revelation of the Global Game Jam secret theme and group/team forming. Saturday and Sunday the teams are working on the games prototypes.

This year, due to the Covid-19 situation we are only going to have the event online.

GGJ will make the official theme public already on Wednesday. This time the theme don't have to be secret, as all the locations are online and streaming live.

18.00 – GGJ keynote and theme reveal

So, in 2021, the teams will have an extra day, Thursday to work on their prototypes. Rejoys! 🙂

The teams can work when they need to and plan their time accordingly. We will have volunteers, ready to help and assist, 24/7 on the official PGJ discord server.

Our official live stream is going to be on Twitch, but we will also have Facebook live. We are still preparing an online mini-conference about game development on Friday, the 29.01.2021 and Saturday, the 30.01.2021. Enyone that is interested and wants to watch the talks and presentations, our Twitch channel is open and we welcome all.

We know that it's very difficult times for all of us, and it is not going to be as fun as other years, but we all hope that we will have good time nonetheless and make some awesome games together.

The Plovdiv Game Jam organizer team is looking forward to see you and jam with you in Discord!

ASK THE SPEAKERS

If you are interested in a talk and you want to send the speakers your questions, we have setup a place where you can do that. Send as many questions to as many speakers as you want. They will try to answer them after their talk.

Friday, 29.01.2021

UI/UX Q&A discussion panel with Studio Punchev

Friday, 29.01.2021

VR Game Development - Kristiyan Goleminov, Prime Holding

Saturday, 30.01.2021

The birth of a villain - from brief to 3D character - Martin Punchev

Friday, 29.01.2021

Sound design for games - Simeon Dotkov, Snapshot Games Inc.

Friday, 29.01.2021

Julie Heyde from Flat Ponies/VR Unicorns

Saturday, 30.01.2021

The story of GEMJI - the world's most multifunctional board game ever made - Mark Ralev

Friday, 29.01.2021

Tech art and what is rigging? - Мario Мusov, Snapshot Games Inc.

Saturday, 20.01.2021

10 steps for developing a board game - Miroslav Garigov, NASTOLA

Saturday, 30.01.2021

Packing and loading assets in Unity - Filip Slavov, Snapshot Games Inc.

PEOPLE

Speakers

Simeon Dotkov
Magdalena Chervenyakova
Elitsa Dimitrova
Sergey Punchev
Julie Heyde
Mark Ralev
Filip Slavov
Kristiyan Goleminov
Мario Мusov
Martin Punchev
Miroslav Garigov

Organizers

SOME & media
3D printer & merch
Venue & registration
Program & speakers
Project manager
Discord admin
Discord admin

PLACE

This year we are holding the event only online, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Join us online by getting your FREE ticket!

You can join our Discord server!

https://discord.com/invite/VZRBSRuwgq

WITH THE GENEROUS HELP OF

Sponsors

Programista
PIC.bg

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  • A WORD ABOUT OUR NEW AGE POLICY

    For legal and liability reasons, the Global Game Jam Board of Directors has, after careful deliberation with our board members and legal resources, come to the conclusion that GGJ must remain an adult activity, only available to jammers who have reached 18 years of age or the age of majority (whichever is lower). Minors are only allowed to participate, if they are accompanied by their legal guardian at all times while attending the jam (subject to the rules of each location. Some may not allow minors under any circumstance). You can see the full age policy at the bottom of our legal page here globalgamejam.org/legal.

  • GLOBAL GAME JAM’S RESOURCES FOR JAMMERS

    There are free Global Game Jam’s resources for jammers and free Unity Pro trial for Global Game Jam!.

    HERE

  • LIABILITY

    The Global Game Jam is supposed to be fun and collaborative, with a goal to keep things very simple. We provide structure, guidance and help for all locations participating in the GGJ. As a rule, we expect that no team/makers of a game will illegally exploit others’ IP, and that in turn, everything created becomes part of the public domain. All participants agree that their participation in the Global Game Jam will hold no one liable for any loss or damage.

    The Global Game Jam reserves the right to refuse to allow anyone or any jam location to participate at any time for any reason or no reason at all. This includes after the game jam has already started.

  • DO I NEED SPECIAL SKILLS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GGJ?

    Although having computer skills is helpful, code experience is not necessary. Designers, developers, artists and anyone is welcome to try their hand at making a game during the GGJ.

  • WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

    Plovdiv Game Jam is open to anyone interested in video games – professional, students or just people with talent! The idea behind the event is to get together a mix of people with different backgrounds, interests and skills, and motivate them to work together on an idea – to plan and execute the concept in 48 hours. Just for the sake of the challenge!

  • WHAT HAPPENS DURING PLOVDIV GAME JAM?

    It begins on Friday at 12.00 HRS with registration. In the afternoon there will be casual talks from our special guests from the game industry – informative and insightful, they will be a spark of inspiration for the participants. The talks will cover core areas of game making, such as graphic design and animation, technical recommendations and the game industry as business. The event will be live streamed globally to the other Global Game Jam locations.

    At 17.00 HRS we officially start Global Game Jam with announcing the theme of the global event. The participants group in working teams, each team registers and we’re rolling. Saturday and Sunday are days for work, as the venue will be open 24 hours until the final day.

    The deadline for submission of games is Sunday, 15.00 HRS. That is followed by short presentations of all games and the winners will be selected with voting.

  • DO I NEED TO COME TO GGJ WITH A TEAM ALREADY FORMED?

    Do not come to the Jam with a team. Everyone will have some time to think and pitch an idea. Collaborate with new friends or peers you admire.

  • WHY GET INVOLVED?

    The Global Game Jam encourages innovation and experimentation. It plays not only a big role in creating new products but also for the exposure of the game industry to talents of other industries. It is an event that has been designed and created for all interested parties to participate and enjoy.

  • WHAT IS THE TYPICAL DAY TO DAY SCHEDULE FOR THE GGJ?

    We meet on Friday, registration opens at 12.00 pm. We have prepared interesting sessions from our guests, followed by the forming of the work groups. Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday we make games. Sunday afternoon we upload the games on Global Game Jam’s servers. We finish with presentations of the games, vote and announcing the most interesting, creative and fun games.
    Remember! Plovdiv Game Jam is not a competition – it’s a challenge!

  • WHAT EXACTLY IS A GAME JAM?

    BBC news calls the Global Game Jam a ‘global phenomenon’. In a nutshell, the jam is 48-hour marathon, uniting game enthusiasts around the idea of collaboration.

  • RULES
    • Be nice! Be helpfull! Have fun!
    • You need to bring your own equipment (computer, software, etc.). Internet will be delivered by our sponsors.
    • Teams of registered participants can be formed by up to 6 people.
    • People can collaborate with the in-house participants only.
    • Plovdiv Game Jam is a part of Global Game Jam, so the participants must register at the GGJ here
  • WHY IS THE GGJ HELD OFTEN AT MANY UNIVERSITIES?

    Schools have access to large labs and space that are not always available at studios. Educational institutions also have the best access to broadband Internet. But there is nothing exclusive about location types. Companies, Game collectives, community meetups and other types of venues are all welcome.

  • TIPS
    • We do not recommend that you come to the Jam with a team. Everyone will have some time to think and pitch an idea. Collaborate with new people or peers you admire.
    • Please remember to not reveal the theme online, before all the time zones have seen the Global Game Jam videos with theme presentation! Keep it a secret for the rest of the GGJ locations that haven’t been showen the theme yet.
    • Every registered participant has breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and water included in their admission. If you need anything more then this, you will have to bring it yourself, but we would like to ask you to keep it clean!
    • The Game Jam is an unique opportunity for people to push their skills and challenge their way of working- be open and flexible and remember that the jam is all about experimenting and having fun!
  • WE MAKE BOARD GAMES TOO!

    Most of the teams are creating digital games, but we have a board games track as well. So, if you are a creative writer, crafter or just like to play board games - you should join us and make a board game at the jam. We have all kinds of materials, printer and tools, so you just have to bring your creativity and fantasy. We have a separate voting and award for the board game track!

PREVIOUS EVENTS

WHO WE ARE

We are a team of volunteers that organize Plovdiv Game Jam in our free time. We are working for building a strong comunity of game developers in Bulgaria and promoting Plovdiv as a tech city.

Email us: info@plovdivgamejam.org

 

Read our privacy policy here

 

Read about us in the press

 

Check out our live stream channel during the event on Twitch

 

You can also write to us from the form below.