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Escape Studios’ Game Jam 2019

Christian Avigni

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Escape Studios is calling all budding game designers and creators to join the Jam in partnership with Creative Assembly, Outplay, 3D World Magazine, and 23 Code Street
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What’s happening?

Make your mark in the games industry and join your peers by taking part in the fourth annual Escape Studios’ Game Jam, in partnership Creative Assembly, Outplay, 3D World Magazine and 23 Code Street, from 31st May – 2nd June 2019, at 190 High Holborn, London.
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What can you expect?

This years’ Game Jam will give you everything from insight and advice from industry leaders, whilst teaching you about the creative job opportunities in the games industry.

The Escape Studios’ Game Jam will offer you the chance to meet peers and put your skills to the test. In a race against the clock, teams will have until Sunday afternoon to create the best game possible, fit to the brief and theme (which will be revealed at the start of the event!).

Teamwork, creativity, endurance and a desire to learn from your peers are all that is required in this annual game design competition.

This year, for the first time, you will also have the opportunity to invite your parents to join the Jam on the final day, to witness your team pull together your final game and watch the winning team get crowned in the judging ceremony. You will also have the chance to take a look at the Escape Studios current student’s work in the Jam Showcase, taking place after the ceremony.

Running from Friday 31st May, through to Sunday 2nd June 2019, each team will create and present their game to the panel of industry judges, in order to win an exclusive prize package!
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What’s the prize?

This year, Outplay is offering a work experience day to find out what it’s like to work at the UK’s largest independent mobile games developer.

The winning team will be taken to Scotland, to spend a day in Outplay’s Dundee studios learning the ins and outs of working for a fast-paced mobile games developer.

(To note: only travel within the UK will be covered by Outplay).

Full details on the weekend’s activities can be found below:
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The Teams

Each team will consist of 6 gamers and members will be selected by the event organisers to ensure an even skill-set for each team. The Game Jam 2019 will be made up of a maximum of 10 teams, and this year we are inviting current Escape Studios students to get involved too, so get in early to secure your spot!

As part of the sign-up process, to secure your place, you will need to submit a £10 deposit, which will be refunded once the event is complete. The deposit will not be refunded if you do not turn up to take part, after committing to do so.
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The Competition

The theme of the Game Jam will be provided at the start of the event and teams must make all components of their game over the weekend – no part of the game can be pre-made.

The competition will be judged on the game concept, design, art, relevance to the brief and overall delivery.
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Mentors

We have teamed up with Creative Assembly and 3D World Magazine to bring you top industry professionals to help build your ideas. Representatives will drop in over the course of the weekend, to offer advice and will be part of the final judging panel.

Additional judges also include Escape Studios’ Head of Games, Simon Fenton, who has more than 24 years’ experience in the games industry and has worked for the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Simon will also be on hand to provide mentoring and guidance across the weekend. In addition to Simon’s expertise, jammers will be joined by Juriaan Van Linschoten, Escape Studios’ alumni and currently an Associate Tutor at the institution.

The Venue

The Game Jam 2019 will be held at Escape Studios’ campus, 190 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BH, in central London (nearest tube - Holborn).

This year, teams will have exclusive access to the studios throughout the weekend. All participants should bring their own laptop, power cables, converters and any other equipment you may need. All participants are responsible for their own property – Escape Studios cannot be held liable for property damages or loss. We will be providing power supply and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as food and drink to get you going and everything you need to plan and brainstorm your ideas.
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Timings

You will have access to the building within the below dedicated times, outside of these times you are free to work on your game as a team, at a location of your choice:

Friday 31st May - 19:00 – 21:00pm

Game Jam Kick-Off - Full Briefing and Introduction to Industry Partners.

Saturday 1st June - 07:00am

Development to commence - You will be given 24-hour access to the facilities, to work on your game through the night (if you choose to!) until the end of the event, following feedback from the industry panel, on Sunday.

Sunday 2nd June - 15:00pm

Game Jam to end, judging and announcement of winning team to take place.

Jam Showcase to take place showcasing work from current Escape Studios students and alumni.

Event to end at 18:00pm

Social Media

You will be able to tweet us across the weekend at @Escape_Studios and share images on Instagram @escapestudios by using #EscapeGameJam
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Q&A

Who owns the IP?

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

  • Please note the Jam will be recorded and pictures will be taken for marketing purposes. If you do not wish to participate in any photography or filming at the event, please get in touch with us at: escape@alfredlondon.com prior to the event commencing*
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You must be over the age of 18 on 31/05/19 to take part in this event.

What language do you code in?

We will be using Unreal Engine and Blueprint Programming to create the games over the weekend. Support will be on hand over the weekend for those who are unfamiliar with this platform.
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The link to the event is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/escape-studios-game-jam-2019-tickets-61094019858

Escape Studios’ Game Jam 2019
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