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Calling Budding Game designers to join Escape Studios’ Game Jam 2017 in partnership with Games Studio Gram Games

Join your peers and gain insight from industry leaders by taking part in Escape Studios’ Game Jam, in partnership with mobile entertainment studio and the developer of global hits 1010!, Merged! and Six!, Gram Games, from 9 th - 11 th June 2017 at 190 High Holborn, London.

Escape Studios’ Game Jam 2017 is the annual game design competition, offering up and coming talent the opportunity to hone their skills and experience. Put your skills to the test against the clock to create the best game to fit the brief. Creativity, endurance and a desire to work with and learn from you peers are all that is required, as Escape Studios and Gram Games want attendees to think outside of the box for their second annual Game Jam.

Running from Friday to Sunday, each team will get 48 hours to create and present their game to a panel of industry judges, in order to win an exclusive prize package!

Sign up via the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/escape-studios-10754322962

Exclusive Prize – join Gram Games for a day to join in with Prototype Friday!

Alongside access to some of the best industry contacts in the games industry, the winning team will get the chance to spend a Friday at Gram Games and experience their Prototype Friday activity. This is a unique approach to making games which stems from prototyping, failure, iteration, and constant innovation. The team will have exclusive access for one day to get involved with live projects, to learn about the company processes, and get advice on breaking into and working in the industry.

The Teams

Each team will consist of 4 gamers and members will be selected by the event organisers to ensure an even skill-set for each team. Game Jam 2017 will be made up of a maximum of 6 teams, 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 Competition

The theme of the Game Jam will be provided on the day 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.

Mentors

We have teamed up with up with Gram Games and Industry body UKIE 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 Gaming, Simon Fenton, who has over 20 years of experience in Game Art, working for the likes of Sony.  Simon will also be on hand to provide mentoring and guidance across the 48 hours.

The Venue

The Game Jam 2017 will be held at Escape Studios’ brand new location, 190 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BH, in central London (nearest tube Holborn).

All participants must bring their own laptop, power cables, converters and any other equipment you may need. 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.

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 9th June - 19:00 – 21:00pm

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

Saturday 10th June - 07:00am

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

Sunday 11th June - 15:00pm

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

Social Media

You will be able to tweet us across the weekend at @Escape_Studios and share images on Instagram @escapestudios with the #EscapeGameJam

You can also find Gram Games tweeting @GramGS

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 have a problem with this, please get in touch with us at: escape@alfredlondon.com prior to the event commencing*

About on Escape Studios

Escape Studios is Europe’s leading VFX academy, part of Pearson College London since 2013, the Studio has over 14 years’ experience in creating world-class, studio-ready talent. Escape has graduated thousands of students worldwide, helping them into careers spanning the entire creative spectrum.

Escape Studios aims to take students with raw talent and big aspirations shaping them into the creative professionals demanded by today’s employers. Escape Studios offers undergraduate and postgraduate full-time and part-time short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Games Art, Animation and Motion Graphics, all of which are supported and curated by industry bodies and partners. Find out more at escapestudios.ac.uk

About Gram Games

Gram Games is a venture-backed global mobile entertainment studio and the developer of global hits 1010!, Merged! and Six!. Founded in 2012 with headquarters in London, UK, Gram Games has built a team of industry professionals focused on creating engaging games for mobile platforms. For more information, visit www.gram.gs  

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