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You're invited to

The BC Game Jam 2018

February 9th - 11th 2018

BCIT: British Columbia Institute of Technology

Check out last year’s site at bcgamejam.com/2017 to see what the event is all about!

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Sponsors and Partners

More sponsors and partners to be announced.

Would you like to get involved?

Click here for sponsorship information or here for volunteer opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is a game jam?
A game jam is an event where game enthusiasts come together and create a game based on a theme that has been given by the organizers.
When does the event start?
The event will start Friday, February 9th.
Doors will open at 6PM.
How long is the event?
48 hours from start to finish.
Where does the event take place?
BCIT: British Columbia Institute of Technology
3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2
Who is this event for?
Anyone is welcome, regardless of experience.
Is there a minimum age limit?
No, but if you are under 19 years of age, there is a waiver that your guardian must sign.
Can I stay overnight?
Yes! However, please make sure you are properly equipped for the night. Warm clothes and maybe even a sleeping bag is recommended!
What should I bring with me?
Click here to see a list of items that we recommend you bring with you.
Do I need a team?
Jams are usually done in teams, but it's completely up to you whether or not you'd like to work in one. If you do want a team but do not have one, you will have a chance at the event before the jamming starts to mingle with the rest of attendees and make or join a team.
How much game development experience do I need to attend the event?
You do not need any experience at all. This is meant to be a fun event for anyone with any level of experience in game development. Even if you know very little about game development, you will learn a lot about it during the 48 hours.
How To Get Here
Event Schedule
  • Friday
    • 05:30 pm - Doors open for participants
    • 07:00 pm - Event kickoff (Introduction, prizes, theme reveal)
    • 07:30 pm - Dinner & team formation
    • 09:00 pm - Team formation deadline
  • Saturday
    • 09:00 am - Breakfast
    • 11:00 am - 05:00 pm - Sponsors on site
    • 03:00 pm - Group photo
    • 07:00 pm - Dinner
  • Sunday
    • 09:00 am - Breakfast
    • 04:00 pm - Submission deadline
    • 04.00 pm - Early dinner and open arcade
    • 04:45 pm - Presentation application deadline
    • 05:00 pm - Presentation begins
    • 07:00 pm - Closing ceremony (Prizes and closing speeches)
    • 07:30 pm - Event over
    • 08:30 pm - Venue closed
What To Bring
  • Your ticket - if you have a student ticket, don't forget to bring your Student ID with you
  • Jamming gear!
    • Laptop, charger, headphones, drawing tablet, mouse, etc.
  • Some cash for snacks
  • Extension cord - you may be sitting too far away from a power outlet
  • If you will be staying overnight:
    • A change of clothes (make sure you have something warm with you)
    • Something to help you sleep/nap (like a blanket, sleeping bag, neck pillow, etc.)
    • Personal hygiene products
      • Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
About BUS
The game development clubs from BCIT, UBC and Simon Fraser University band together to form BUS, the ultimate student game development coalition that will bring you an awesome, affordable game jam experience!
AMS Game Development Association
BCIT Game Development Club
SFU Game Developer's Club