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Friday, January 25, 2019 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Sq

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The biggest Global Game Jam site in the United States returns!
Join Playcrafting & Microsoft for a weekend of game-making plus free talks & workshops, refreshments & prizes! Stay tuned to this page as we confirm speakers, workshops & prizes in the coming weeks. Our 2018 site was the biggest in the United States & the 2nd largest in the world with over 500 jammers & 1200 attendees. Be a part of the magic in 2019, live all weekend from Times Square!
What started in 2016 grew to an epic scale by 2018 with our massive site in partnership with Microsoft. The result? Over 1,200 attendees & 500 official jammers -student & professional, young & old, newbie & veteran - joined us for a full weekend making over 80 games with free onsite workshops, refreshments & an epic expo & demo showcase with judges & prizes that had folks cheering all Sunday long. We're so excited to grow & evolve this one-of-a-kind weekend for our community in 2019.
Watch our official 2018 Recap Video: HERE
Every attendee must RSVP on Eventbrite & HERE in order to have access to the event.

For participants:Each participant will need to register both here on Eventbrite & at our GGJ site here. All projects must be submitted to the website in order to be considered for prizes. Entry to this event is free, but please sign up on Eventbrite so we can have your name at the door.You do not need to be onsite the entire weekend to participate or to be entered for prizes.This is an inclusive site - people of all ages & backgrounds are welcome to join. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You do not need to be an active game developer to participate. Many game developers will be in attendance, though, too!All games will have the same theme, which will be announced at our kickoff on Friday night. If you have more questions about how the Global Game Jam works, visit We will provide free meals & workshops throughout the weekend & will also have designated quiet zones for teams needing the space to concentrate.In the interest of fostering an inclusive & safe environment at all of our events, ourCode of Conductwill be enforced.

Tweet along with us throughout the event!#MSPlay19@Playcrafting /@MSFTReactor

Schedule:Day 1 - Friday, January 25thComing soon!Day 2 - Saturday, January 26th
Coming soon!Day 3 - Sunday, January 28th Coming soon!

What to Bring- All of your own equipment (laptops, cords, controllers, adapters, software, etc). Anything you need to make a game over the weekend will need to be brought by you. We will not be providing. - A laptop with the relevant software downloaded & installed for any workshops you're attending.- A government-issued photo ID.

What NOT to Bring- Large fabric items (stuffed animals, couches, etc.) - External speakers. - Fake (or real) weaponry of any kind. - Confetti/glitter/etc that makes a mess. - Anything that can't be carried in a regular elevator. - Anything that can't be easily transported through narrow corridors. There are some tight spots in the building. - Smoke machines, strobe lights, disco balls.- Anything dangerous or threatening (everyone has to go through Microsoft security).- Anything that would be inappropriate for kids to interact with.

We Will ProvideComing soon!

Jam Site HostComing soon!

PrizesWe're introducing new categories to our site this year. Whether you want to make games "Just for Fun" or get competitive in "Versus Mode" our site has a spot for you!VERSUS MODE
Best OverallEach member of the winning team will receive the following:Coming soon!SPECIAL PRIZES
Coming soon!

JudgesThe following judges will be choosing the top games in our main competition:
Coming soon!

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Please note: Filming is occurring at this event. You may be videotaped or recorded.Food will be available in limited quantities. Please be courteous.Notice:Government & Public Education EmployeesMicrosoft wants to ensure that we- & you- comply with applicable government gift & ethics laws. As a result, Microsoft respectfully declines to provide government employees with giveaways' of Microsoft products or other items of value (including software, meals, & other items) without payment or prior authorization from your agency ethics officer/attorney. Please specify on your registration materials & evaluation form if you are a government employee, refrain from requesting or accepting giveaways during this event unless you pay full marketing value or have provided us with a gift letter from your ethics officer for these items.
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