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Ever create a game in 48 hours? That’s exactly what we set out to do this weekend as we celebrated Global Game Jam 2017 at Unity’s HQ in San Francisco!

A three-day event, the Global Game Jam is a special “hackathon” style gathering for tens of thousands of game developers at jam locations across the globe. Participants have 48 hours to team up and make any kind of game representing a yearly secret theme, and the final results are showcased together online. This year’s event took place between January 20 – 22 in 702 jam sites across 95 countries!

Unity has been a headline sponsor of Global Game Jam since 2008 and we’ve been excited to spend another year jamming with our international community. Even better, our move to the new Unity HQ in San Francisco meant we had the perfect jam site at the ready – so we created the first official Unity HQ jam site just in time for GGJ 2017!

Day 1 of GGJ 2017 at Unity San Francisco commenced with an exciting whirlwind of jammer arrivals and preparation as we waited for the year’s GGJ keynote and theme announcement. Participants came from many different backgrounds – artists, programmers, designers, and more. Many were first-time jammers, and others were seasoned game jam pros. After being greeted by Unity staff, including our CEO John Riccitiello, the keynote began and the theme was finally revealed, games had to be inspired by WAVES – oceanic, sound, or otherwise! Jammers grouped up quickly and got to work, seventeen teams in all. Most went from brainstorming to prototyping in just a matter of hours.

Jammers soldiered on through Day 2 of the jam, distilling their exciting ideas down to manageable pieces for their teams. Collaborations and friendships grew stronger as teammates helped each other learn skills they could apply to their contributions. Thanks to tools like Unity Cloud Build and Collaborate, teams were able to sync well with each other throughout development. Unity staff jamming along worked with participants to get their games up off the ground. It was exciting to see staff and veteran developers helping newbies learn Unity – and even more exciting to see said newbies developing on their own by the end of the jam!

By the morning of Day 3, jammers were scrambling to finish their games by the 5PM deadline. Some teams came down to the wire but all games were uploaded in the nick of time! After a brief celebration, jammers got to playtest each other’s work and present their efforts on stage. Seventeen games emerged from our jam site – contributing to the 7000+ games made across the globe during the jam! Here’s a list of the games from our jam site:

AssasSound  –  Balls All the Way Down  –  Bath Buddies  –  Battle Boards  –  Bugs & Monsters  –  Catsumo Wave  –  Cozmo’s Tentacles and Waves  –  Gemstone  –  Halfway Night  –  High Sine  –  Lucid Screaming  –
Night In W A V E S. –  Piper  –  PirateAR  –  Turtle Rush  –  Undulatus  –  Wavery    

Yet another wonderful Global Game Jam has come and gone but that doesn’t mean the fun is over! Whether you made great friends during the jam or left with your next big game idea, the adventures from GGJ 2017 continue long after the event is over. We’re excited to see where they take you next and how Unity can support you along the way.

Worked on a Unity game during this year’s GGJ? Post it on Unity Connect with the tag #GGJ17 and let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear how your local jam went and we’ll be picking a random winner from the collection to win 12-months of Unity Pro. Thanks again for another great GGJ, be sure to mark your calendars for next year – Global Game Jam returns on January 26 – 28, 2018!


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  1. so…. what’s happening with this? Are you guys planning on picking a winner at some point?

    1. Michael Crook

      March 8, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      guess we will never know!

  2. Desy Kristianti

    February 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Check out our game Barbara & Gordon #GGJ17

  3. Hey, our game is called Hollow Travel! :)

  4. When is the RNG gonna start?

  5. Hello! When and where the winner will be announced? :/

  6. We made this game in the #GGJ17 this weekend. A game about surfing light beams in space. It was our first game using Unity Collab Service and it was great! Collab has a lot room to improvement but it’s a great tool for developers.

    Hope you enjoy it!

    1. Nikita Melikhov

      January 26, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      I think something broke here and the name of our game does not appear – name of our game is He-Gassen, yay!

  7. Did anyone use an engine other than Unity? Made me laugh thinking if someone was that ballsy.

    1. Well, there was indeed one project that wasn’t using Unity… but it was a board game ;)

      1. Who won?

  8. Had a great time working with great people. Some amazing projects and a lot of fun! Big thanks to Ashley and Amanda for all the organization!

  9. Was a really good jam (probably the best yet) not due to the project’s end quality, but by how much I learnt over the weekend and how much the other dev in my team learnt. He had never done 3D games or Unity with C#, yet after an hour or two of tutorials he was able to make the core gameplay, then I came in after deciding that learning vertex shaders for dynamic waves in under 48hrs was a mistake and I was able to add State to the game so that it had a title screen, gameplay and end, aswell as some other nice things like a game manager.

    Can’t wait for GGJ18

  10. Matthew Holtzem

    January 25, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    So how exactly does this work? Are you picking a random project entry, and then giving one license to each person who worked on that project?

    1. Hi, Matthew! A project is picked at random to receive one license.

      1. thanks for the clarification :D

  11. Matthew Holtzem

    January 25, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Just posted our #GGJ17 game called Amber Waves Of Pain!