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On January 27-31st, 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 captains Ekaterina or Rachel for more details

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Winter 2021 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.

Winter 2021 Jam

Start: 5pm, Wednesday, January 27th

End: 5pm, Sunday, January 31st

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

The Waterloo Game Jam event is a part of the Global Game Jam and has 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

  • 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


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

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday January 27th:

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

Thursday, January 28th:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Beginner Tutorials Livestream

Friday, January 29th:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Check-in and Q&A with experts

Saturday, January 30th:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Social activity

Sunday, January 31st:

5:00 pm - Deadline for game kit upload

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

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