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Thursday, January 24, 2013

IGDA Manila Holds Manila Game Jam 2013



On January 25 to 27, the International Game Developers Association – Manila Chapter (IGDA Manila) presents Manila Game Jam 2013 (MGJ2013), the biggest annual game-making event in the country. As part of the worldwide Global Game Jam, students, professional and hobbyist game developers will create games in just 48 hours, with the top games being awarded honors and special prizes.

MGJ2013 is the 4th game jam organized by IGDA Manila. Last year's game jam had more than 150 participants forming teams and producing more than 30 games.

This year, IGDA Manila partners with iACADEMY in Makati, bringing Global Game Jam to more locations in the Philippines. The jam will be held at iACADEMY’s new building: Mondragon House, located at 324 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. (formerly Buendia Ave.), Salcedo Village, Makati. Mondragon House is the perfect location for a game jam; located along Buendia, it is easily accessible via public transportation. iACADEMY will also be providing facilities and top-of-the-line hardware to game jam participants, making sure attendees will be able to focus on making the best game possible.

For those who are just getting started in making games, a one-day game-making seminar will be conducted on January 19 at the auditorium of Mondragon House. Talks will be given by previous jam participants, discussing their game-making experience with tips and tricks on how to churn out a game in 48 hours. This seminar is open to all aspiring game developers, and will also serve as an orientation for this year's participants.

Also, we are doing several new things this year for MGJ 2013. With each MGJ, the games that come out every year keep getting better and better. The Game Jam organizing team would like this trend to continue, so for this year we have invited experienced game developers and are implementing a mentoring system so that teams can improve their games even more.

Finally, another first for this year that we will be giving out awards for the top games across all 3 Philippine Global Game Jam locations. Once the game jam concludes, all games will be accessible at http://globalgamejam.org. A jury will be playing through the Philippine created games and prizes will be given out to the top-rated games.

Cheers and we hope to see everyone at MGJ 2013! For more information, please check out the MGJ website at http://manilagamejam.wordpress.com, and stay tuned to our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/igdamanila/ for immediate updates.

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