Malta Global Game Jam 2021

The Global Game Jam is a creative event where you team up with other people to make a playable game in 48 hours. Between January 26th - 31st, 2021, jammers will be making games in more than 295 sites in 60 countries!

The Malta chapter of the Global Game Jam will take place at the Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta.

Game Jam Program

Tuesday, Jan 26th
Mozilla Hubs, VR
21:30 – 22:30 Virtual Pub - Meetup with the Organizers
Wednesday, Jan 27th
15:30 Welcome and Introduction
16:30 – 16:50 Marc Hudgins: Image-Making as a Universal Process (Opening Keynote) - Zoom
16:50 – 17:15 Q&A Keynote
17:15: 17:30 Coffee Break
17:30 – 18:00 Global GameJam Keynote and Theme Announcement
18:00 – 19:00 Guided Brainstorming with Dr. Antonios Liapis (IDG)
19:00 – 20:00 Group Formation and Setup on Discord
Thursday, Jan 28th
11:00 DEADLINE! Create user profile and game page
14:00 - 15:00 Coffee Hour! Discussion and Brainstorm on Zoom.
Friday, Jan 29th
14:00 - 15:00 Coffee Hour! Discussion and Brainstorm on Zoom.
Saturday, Jan 30th
14:00 - 15:00 Expert Panel - Expert Feedback Session on Zoom. TBA.
Sunday, Jan 31st
Institute of Digital Games, 20 Triq L-Esperanto, University of Malta, Msida
17:00 DEADLINE! Game submission
17:30 - 20:00 Arcade mode! Showcase your game and play the others!
19:30 - 20:00 Vote for your favourite game
19:30 Reflections with our Guest Speakers on Zoom
20:00 - 20:20 Jupiter Hadley: Life after the Jam (Closing Keynote) - Zoom
20:30 Popular Vote winner announced

Special Guests

Jupiter Hadley

Jupiter Hadley is a games journalist and YouTuber who specializes in smaller indie games. She loves game jams and devotes all of her time to covering and discovering indie games.She has co-founded which has been covering indie games for over a decade, delving into the wonderful, playful, and emotional digital experiences created by artists all over the world, as well as Big Boss Battle UK, and

KeynoteLife after the Jam

A talk about what to do with your finished game, how to approach games journalists, and what you should do from here.

Marc Hudgins

Project Art Director ZeniMax Online Studios, Marc has been working in games for 30 years, starting at Sierra On-Line working on numerous iterations of " X Quest" games, followed by a 10 year stint with Firaxis working on numerous iterations of "Sid Meier's X" games and is currently with Zenimax Online Studios having spent 8 years as the Lead UI Designer/Artist and now currently working with a smaller in-house group on special projects.

With experience on Elder Scrolls Online and Sid Meier's Pirates, we're also know Marc is a pretty handy fencer in reality!

KeynoteImage-Making as a Universal Process

"To a man with a hammer every problem looks like a nail..."

Frequently Asked Questions

I have never made a game! Is this for me?

A Game Jam is the perfect opportunity to make your first game from start to finish! You'll team up with people with different skills (programmers, artists, designers, musicians, etc.) and various levels of experience.

Where should I go?

Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, we have to keep distance this year. We will be running the gamejam online through Zoom and Discord but we will try create the best experience possible under the circumstances. On the filp side, you can jam from your own bedroom this year :)

Do I need a team?

Don't come to the jam with a team. We encourage you to make a team on the spot. There will even be some time at the beginning of the jam to introduce yourself, pitch your ideas and to find people to jam with.

Can I bring my own equipment?

Yes! Bring any computers, laptops, musical instruments or anything else you think could be used to make a game.

Is there a theme?

The Global Game Jam organisers have a secret theme that they will reveal at the beginning of the jam. All the jammers around the world will be making games that relate in some way to this theme.

What kind of game can I make?

Any kind! Digital games, board games, physical games etc. are all part of the Global Game Jam! Use any tools or assets that you can freely and legally share online. The Global Game Jam organisers have even created a great list of jamming resources to get you started.

Who owns my IP?

You and your team hold all rights to your game. At the end of the jam we’ll ask you to upload the executable and source code of your game (or instructions on how to replicate your non-digital game) to the Global Game Jam website under a Creative Commons, share, alter, no sell license.

Is it a competition?

Yeah, there’s a competitive aspect. At the end of the jam local game industry professionals will give feedback on your games and choose their favourite. We’ll also have a popular vote. But judging aside, our emphasis is on the creation of fun, experimental and innovative games. So let’s jam!

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