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UAlbany College of Computing and Information and Albany International Game Developers Association Host 2nd Annual Global Game Jam

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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UAlbany Global Game Jam

The Global Game Jam at UAlbany will bring together participants from 131 locations in more than 37 countries.

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 21, 2010) -- The University at Albany’s College of Computing and Information will host the 2nd Annual Global Game Jam, from January 29th through January 31, 2010. The Jam is an initiative of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Education Special Interest Group.

A game jam encourages experimentation and innovation among game developers. Participants come together without a team, without a game idea, and are given a theme to incorporate in their game while meeting new people. Open to everyone, the Jam will bring together participants from 131 locations in more than 37 countries, helping developers explore their creativity and providing a unique collaborative opportunity. The Albany Chapter of IGDA is co-sponsoring the event.

"The Global Game Jam is three days of creativity and fun, as well as a great learning experience for everyone involved," said CCI Dean Peter Bloniarz  "More than that, it helps our students see how their work could help grow Tech Valley’s exciting game development industry."

"Our chapter is dedicated to building a community of professional, indie, and student game developers from across the region," said Brandon Van Slyke, Albany Chapter leader of IGDA. "The Global Game Jam provides a great opportunity for us all to work together in a fun context while representing the Capital District on a worldwide stage." Ian Stead and Jonathan Mintz also helped organize the event on behalf of the Albany IGDA.

Registration is $5 before Jan. 22nd, and is available through the IGDA Web site. Participants will also be able to register on-site for $7. The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 29 in the Campus Center Assembly Hall (uptown campus) and end at 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 31. A presentation of the completed games in Campus Center Room 375 takes place at the conclusion of the event.

About the University at Albany College of Computing and Information
The College of Computing & Information (CCI), University at Albany, State University of New York, is headquartered on the Harriman Research and Technology Park. We prepare UAlbany students to succeed in the information-rich world they will inhabit, and through our research we help create that world. At the College of Computing and Information (CCI), we believe in "Empowering People through Information."

About Global Game Jam™
Global Game Jam™ (GGJ) was established in 2009 as an IGDA event with great success and media attention. Lives were changed, jobs found, ideas sold, collaborations and opportunities abound. 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. For more information on the Global Game Jam, including a database of downloadable games, photos and video from the 2009 event and more, visit the Web site.

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UAlbany alumna Catherine Bertini, '71
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