GI Jam

GI Game Jam Poster Spring 2020

The GI Game Jam, is a thrice-annual, multi-day event hosted by The Games Institute (GI) at the University of Waterloo where playful people gather to create original games together over a weekend. Our events welcome a wide variety of game-making hobbyists, students, and professionals from different disciplines may it be programming, art, music, design, or writing, and are open to anyone anywhere with an Internet connection. This is not just for UW students! For the 1st time ever, the entire event is online and we hope to use this opportunity to support remote teams and spend more time mentoring newcomers.

On June 25-28th, 2020, build a game with your team, join a thriving community & have lots of fun!

If you have questions not answered by the FAQ, please reach out to current Game Jam captain Marvin Pafla for more details

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Spring 2020 Jam

Online: What you need to know.





Whether you have an idea for a game design in the works, or if game design has never crossed your mind, there is room for everyone! All levels of expertise, disciplinary backgrounds, and preparation are welcome.

Spring 2020 Jam

Start: 5pm, Thursday, June 25th

End: 5pm, Sunday, June 28th

To take part in the Game Jam, sign up on Eventbrite

The Waterloo Game Jam event is modelled after traditional “game jam” events like the Global Game Jam and Ludum Dare with an equal focus on art and design and playability! Throughout the weekend, you can work to take your game idea from dream to playable. Mentors from the Games Institute will be giving talks and tutorials about how to brainstorm, prototype, and develop your own games. Starting with paper prototypes and game concepts, the GI mentors will help you discover the world of games outside of ‌programming, from game mechanics, to narrative, and artwork.

Online: What you need to know

We worked hard to make sure  the very first GI online Game Jam will provide a similar experience to previous, in-person, Game Jams. This time there will be:

  •  A Twitch stream that helps you stay on track,
  • A friendly environment on Discord that helps you find a team, organize your team, and build something great,
  • Dedicated group of team-mentors that make sure you have everything you need, answer your questions, or point you in the right direction,
  • $270 worth of e-gift cards given out to members of the team with the best game, best art, etc. (more in the opening remarks).


To take part in the Game Jam, sign up on Eventbrite

Pricing Information

The Game Jam will be free! Just sign up on Eventbrite.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, June 25th:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Opening remarks + theme reveal!

Friday, June 26th:

12:00 pm - Check-in and Q&A with experts

Saturday, June 27th:

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm -  Social activity

Sunday, June 28th:

5:00 pm - Deadline for game kit upload

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Closing remarks

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