Global Game Jam Announces New “Games for Change” Locations

On January 25-27 hundreds of game makers around the world will create games for social impact in a single weekend

New York – January 9, 2013 – Global Game Jam Inc. (GGJ) today announced a new partnership with Games for Change (G4C), to celebrate G4C’s 10th anniversary and allow GGJ13 participants from all over the world to visit sites that focus specifically on positive social impact. Jesse Schell, renowned game designer, author and Carnegie Mellon Professor will deliver a special video keynote to launch this unique effort on January 25th.

Through this partnership, GGJ site organizers will be offered the opportunity to register their site as a “G4C” site, and invite participants to create innovative digital games that go beyond entertainment. G4C has a purpose to raise awareness around real-world issues, promote learning, change behavior or recruit other players to support a cause.

Image © GGJ12/GGJ Amsterdam
With a record 275 sites already registered, the annual event has successfully enlisted new “G4C”-dedicated sites including the MIT Game Lab, the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Art Institute of Portland, George Mason University in Virginia, Bento Miso in Toronto, Canada, Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego in Warsaw, Poland and the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

“GGJ has proven itself to be an incubator for innovative experiments and even new start-ups and products. We want to support a growing interest game designs to tackle and solve real-world problems through their creative work,” said Susan Gold, president of Global Game Jam, Inc. “GGJ is the place to test new ideas, collaborate, experiment and innovate.”

While GGJ will have thousands of new games created, we are excited that dozens of new positive social impact games will come to realization by the end of the weekend. Even more exciting is that these games will be highlighted on the G4C website and hopefully at the upcoming festival.

“This idea stands at the core of our mission,” said Games for Change Co-Presidents, Michelle Byrd and Asi Burak. “Imagine the impact of directing all of those creative energies over a period of 48 hours into making the world a better place using the power and engagement of games.”

Image © GGJ12/Melbourne Game Jam
About Global Game Jam
The GGJ is the annual event of the Global Game Jam, Inc. GGJ brings together talented individuals and teams from around the globe and rallies them around a central theme, for which they have 48 hours to create their game. Collaboration, Experimentation & Innovation. For more information on the Global Game Jam, Inc. , including a database of downloadable games, photos and video from previous events and more, visit: Twitter: #ggj13


4 Responses to Global Game Jam Announces New “Games for Change” Locations

  1. Emana (Enyina) Okon says:

    How do I get to participate and present my educational and recreational game?

  2. It’s nice to see games being used for more than just entertainment. A lot of games that have been created to teach something, have a sort of half baked feel. The real time and money being spent only on entertainment.

    Everything we take in has an effect on us. Why not make that effect a positive one.

  3. Giselle says:

    @Emana,you register for a local site via There are G4C specific sites listed. That said, while we are not a G4C site in Melbourne we will be discussing and encouraging them at the opening panel talks.

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