January is upon us once more which can mean only one thing – it’s almost time for the Global Game Jam!
For those of you who haven’t come across the Global Game Jam, it’s a huge in-person jam that is taking place all over the world from the 25th to the 27th of January! Check the GGJ website for details and to see if there’s a site near you!
Last year saw over 42,000 people jamming together across more than 800 sites in 108 countries, and we’re so proud that almost 300 games were made in Construct – the third most popular game engine used according to GGJ! Personally, we reckon you can break the 300 mark, so once again we’re opening up the full version of Construct 3 for free for this year's GGJ! And, this year we’ve decided that for every game submitted to GGJ made in Construct, we’ll donate $10* to the wonderful charity Special Effect. This fantastic charity helps people with disabilities play the games they love.
The full version of Construct 3 will be available for all to use completely free from Thursday, January 24th through to Monday 28th. All you will need to do is:
- Make sure you've registered a free account
- Simply visit editor.construct.net to load Construct 3
- Log in with your account - you'll then have access to the full version!
The Jam kicks off at 5pm on the Friday - that’s local time for wherever you may be and will run for roughly 48 hours from that point. There’s a single globalised theme which will be announced at 5pm in each timezone - don’t tell anyone until the last region (Hawaii) has been told! Plus, you can keep up with all the goings-on with the official hashtag #GGJ19.
We’d love to know if you’re joining the Jam, so share your creations with us! Use the tags #MadeInConstruct, #Construct3 or #Construct2, or tag us directly on Twitter or Facebook using @ConstructTeam and we’ll share as much as we can!
*Up to 500 games, final donation will be based on the figure of Construct games submitted to the Global Game Jam website seven days after jam officially ends. $10 will be considered to be £7.85 (correct at time of publication).