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Global Game Jam 2020 at Volta

January 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - February 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm AST


Ready to Jam? #LetsJamHFX

For the seventh year in a row, Volta is Halifax’s jam site for Global Game Jam! Global Game Jam will be a weekend full of game creation, design and prototyping. Get ready to jam!

When is the Global Game Jam?

The Halifax GGJ will start at 5pm on January 31stand goes for ~48 hours through to February 2nd.

Site Hours

Volta will be open as a workspace for Global Game Jam particpants during the following times :

– Friday, January 31, 5:00pm to 10:00pm

– Saturday, February 1, 8:00am to 10:00pm

– Sunday, February 2, 8:00am to 6:00pm

Food will be provided during this event.

What is a Game Jam?

The goal is to come together and make a videogame, or non-digital game like a board game or card game. Participants rapidly prototype game designs and inject new ideas to help grow the gaming industry. All GGJ sites share a common theme and constraints. The theme will be revealed on the Friday evening (January 31) and all games created are based on that theme. Participants will be asked to create the game from beginning to end in a prescribed time (maximum of 48 hours). The brief time span is meant to encourage creative thinking to build small but innovative and experimental games.

Who’s invited?

Anyone who wants to create a videogame, board game or card game is welcome from January 31 to February 2 to collaborate with other gamers, designers, developers and people interested in learning about game creation. We’ll be providing the theme, food, space and Internet. All you need to bring is a laptop, any software/hardware you need, and some ideas! Do not come to the Jam with a team. Ideally, everyone will form teams on the Friday, and will have the opportunity to work with a new collaborators!

Do I need special skills to participate in the GGJ?

Although having computer skills is helpful, code experience is not necessary. Designers, developers, artists and more, are all welcome to try their hand at making a game.

Is the GGJ only for professionals?

Not at all. Everyone is welcome.


In order to participate you MUST register both through Eventbrite and on the Global Game Jam website. On the site please indicate you’re a participant at the Volta site.

Work (including source code and executable) should be uploaded to the Global Gam Jam site for 3pm on Sunday, February 2.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend any of our events please take a minute and cancel your ticket. This allows our events team to better prepare for every event.

By attending this event, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed, and give permission to Volta to use your image in promotional and/or marketing materials.


January 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm AST
February 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm AST