The annual Escape Studios Game Jam is back! Now in its 4th year, the Game jam takes place over a weekend and students have just 2 days to create a game from scratch. The Game Jam was set up to drive collaboration with Escape Studios students, video game enthusiasts and a number of industry experts. The event is also a key opportunity to give back to the games and wider CG community by helping to promote creativity through video games. It is also a great opportunity for students to build new friendships, increase their self confidence and learn effective team skills.
There will be a maximum of 10 teams attending the event; attendees will be split up into teams of 6 gamers and team members will be selected by Escape Studios to ensure an even skill-set for each team.
This years’ Game Jam industry partners are: Creative Assembly, Outplay, 3D World, Digital Schoolhouse and 23 Code Street. The prize will be a work experience day in the Dundee offices of Outplay and travel (within the UK) and accommodation will be paid for by the company as well.
Previous attendees of the Escape Studios Game Jam said:
Sapphire, second year Game Art student said:
"This was my first game jam and it really helped push me to generate ideas at speed and meet new people who taught me so much in just 48 hours. It helped push me to be more confident in my abilities and working at speeds. The most exciting thing for me was working with all sorts of people such as coders and sound artists to help bring a game to life. I typically just work with artists so it's been great to branch out at game jam!"
Tadas, first year Game Art student said:
“The Game Jam was a really good experience to see how I would act in the face of challenge. It also solidified my love for games and for working with people even after working long hours and sleepless nights on it. In the end it was totally worth it and I would recommend the game jam to anyone.”
Thomas, 2nd year Game Art student said:
"The Jam teaches you about creating a project with regulated ambition. It lets you understand your skills and limitations around a given time. It also allows students to come out of their shell and create a small game through a pressured environment. It was an important lesson on time management and team co-ordination"
The 2019 Escape Studios Game Jam will take place on 31 May - 2 June 2019 and the theme will be announced at the start of the event. Tickets are available now via Eventbrite. Book tickets here.
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About Escape Studios
A university education, powered by industry experience and built by the best industry minds.
Escape Studios are pioneering the next wave of visual effects artists, animators and game developers by transforming higher education. With industry engagement at its core, Escape Studios’ approach to industry-focused learning, is what sets it apart from the rest.
Escape harnesses the expertise and relentless creativity of award-winning artists. Students are taught by well-connected industry experts that have worked on the likes of The Dark Knight, the Lion King and Harry Potter, plus games for multiple PlayStation titles; tapping into real insight built from years of experience in the creative industries. This is also harnessed through an industry-led Advisory Board, bringing together talent from the top studios in the sector, including Framestore, MPC, Cinesite, Double Negative, Dreamworks Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, to design, develop and deliver programmes.
Escape’s 4000+ alumni (dubbed ‘Escapees’) include BAFTA and Oscar winners; they’ve worked on VFX blockbusters like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Jungle Book, Dr Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, Interstellar and Gravity. They’ve also worked on bestselling games (Assassin’s Creed and Forza Horizon), award winning adverts, and some have even set-up their own studios.