Global games event set for Staffordshire

GAMES designers from around the world – including a local team from Staffordshire University – are set to take part in a 48-hour computer games creating blitz.

The Global Games Jam (GGJ) involves teams of designers from every continent simultaneously developing their own unique and completely original computer games.

Students, staff and alumni from Staffordshire University will be pitting their creative skills against over 125 other organisations, companies and universities during the event, which will take place later this month.

Hundreds of games are expected to be created, before being uploaded to a dedicated system where participants will be able to view and rate each other’s work.

Nia Wearn, senior lecturer in computer games design at Staffordshire University, is leading the Staffs Uni Games Academy Jammers, as the team is called.

She said: “We are one of just nine in the UK taking part in the Global Games Jam – and the only one in the Midlands.

“It’s a very creative event and it’s about fostering and developing links with other games developers and universities around the world.”

She added: “We have got very well respected games courses and fantastic facilities here at Staffordshire University, so it’s exciting to now be up on the global stage.”

Running from 5pm on Friday to 4pm on Sunday, January 29-31, this year’s GGJ is only the second event in its history. It was launched by the International Games Developers Association (IGDA) in 2009.

The Staffordshire University team will be working from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology’s Ruxton Technology Centre, Beaconside, during the 48-hour event.

Nia added: “There are at least 29 people definitely signed up for the University team at the moment, but we’re expecting about 50 in total.

“It’s should be very exciting. The students will be working with people they’ve never worked with before, and they’ll be working to a tight deadline, so it will be an amazing experience for them, and something to put on their CVs.”

Throughout the event, the University team will be camping in the design studios, so they’re asking for any volunteers or sponsorship to help provide food and beverages.

Nia said: “The event is open to anyone aged above 16 years old, and we’re encouraging any participation at all – including supplying tea and coffee. Also, any local sponsorship, which can range from supplying food to uniformed t-shirts, would be greatly appreciated.”

To get involved with the GGJ at Staffordshire University contact Nia Wearn on 01785 353716 or email


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