The Balkan Game Jam is supposed to be fun and collaborative, with a goal to keep things very simple. We provide structure, guidance and help for all locations participating in the BGJ. As a rule, we expect that no team/makers of a game will illegally exploit others’ IP, and that in turn, everything created becomes part of the public domain. All participants agree that their participation in the Balkan Game Jam will hold no one liable for any loss or damage.
Although having computer skills is helpful, code experience is not necessary. Designers, developers, artists, musicians, knitters, gardeners, architects and anyone is welcome to try their hand at making a game during the BGJ. You can learn many new skills and support your team by contributing ideas, playtesting, and giving moral support. You could work on a non-digital game, and then there’s no need for code!
Balkan Game Jam is open to anyone interested in video games – professional, students or just people with talent! The idea behind the event is to get together a mix of people with different backgrounds, interests and skills, and motivate them to work together on an idea – to plan and execute the concept in 24 hours. Just for the sake of the challenge!
The Balkan Game Jam encourages innovation and experimentation. It plays not only a big role in creating new products but also for the exposure of the game industry to talents of other industries. It is an event that has been designed and created for all interested parties to participate and enjoy.
The Game Jam is an unique opportunity for people to push their skills and challenge their way of working- be open and flexible and remember that the jam is all about experimenting and having fun!
We recommend that you do not come to the Jam with a team. Everyone will have some time to think and pitch an idea. Collaborate with new friends or peers you admire.
You can develop using any tools for any platform that you want. If you don’t know where to start, check here for a list of Jammer Resources. The list contains some community-made lists of other resources, and is definitely worth checking out!
Yes! Balkan Game Jam supporst the making of non-digital games. Talk to your local in-person site organizer. Some hints for how to create and upload board games an be found here.
You need to bring your own equipment (computer, software, etc.). Internet will be delivered by our sponsors. There will be tables, chairs and cables at the venue.
Every registered participant will get lunch, dinner, coffee and water included in their admission on the 5th of November. If you need anything more then these, you will have to bring it yourself, but we would like to ask you to keep it clean! There are no kitchen or fridge at the venue.
Remember, that Balkan Game Jam is not a competition!
BGJ encourages innovation, collaboration and creativity. We find competition often diminishes collaboration and sense of community at a jam.
Yes, all locations all over the Balkans share the same theme for the jam. The theme can be only one word or a more abstract concept. You can find some examples of previous themes for the Global Game Jam here: https://globalgamejam.org/history
The team/makers of the game hold all IP rights. However, the Balkan Game Jam may use the games for demonstration as it sees fit. All games must be posted in the condition they are in as of the close of the BGJ event, including both executable and source code (or equivalent). All participants and all games entered for BGJ must agree to a Creative Commons, share, alter, no sell License: v4 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0. Third party tools and software may be used in the projects and must not be uploaded or shared. Clear instructions must be provided as to how to obtain and install any third party software that is necessary for further development.
Why not make a trailer or gameplay video from your game jam game? Useful to generate interest for a video game, or to give a rules explanation or tutorial for a board game.
Some hints & tips for software, tools and examples
The Game Jam Survival Guide – Christer Kaitila:
Drop us an email with your question and we will try to answer as soon as possible.
On our Discord server you can join other Balkan women who are interested in game development, get the latest updates from the organizers and make friends even before the jam.