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global game jam

MAGFest, the Music and Gaming Festival, is proud to announce that they will be a site for the 2015 Global Game Jam. The 13th annual MAGFest will be be held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, January 23 to 26, 2015.

Global Game Jam is an annual event where developers make games in 48 hours at sites located around the world. Global Game Jam 2014 featured 488 sites in 72 countries with 23,198 participants, resulting in 4,290 games. The Washington DC area has been home to 2 sites in previous years at George Mason University and American University. In 2014, these sites had a total of 162 participants and 33 games. The 2015 Global Game Jam will take place from Friday, January 23, to Sunday, January 25, 2015.

A limited number of participant spots will be open to MAGFest attendees on a first-come-first-serve basis. Participants will form teams and complete a game between 5 PM Friday and 3 PM Sunday during MAGFest. Sign-up information is available on the MAGFest website.

Jam teams will have the option to test their work with attendees, participate in “playtesting panels”, and incorporate MAGFest-produced game assets during the Jam.

Chris Totten and Tim Macneil will be site coordinators for the 2015 Global Game Jam at MAGFest. Chris has been an attendee as well as a speaker at MAGFest in prior years and is co-chair for the Washington DC chapter of the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA). Tim oversees MAGFest’s game design/develop panel track titled “Music and Game Education Symposium (MAGES)” as well as co-chairing the panels department.

More information about MAGFest can be found at http://magfest.org.

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