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The Global Game Jam (GGJ) 2023 — the latest in an annual event that gathers game developers, students, and enthusiasts from around the world — recently came to an end. GGJ is organized by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) as a worldwide event where participants come together to create games based on a common theme in just 48 hours. This year’s jam took place in 743 different venues around the world, 27 of them in Spain, from 30 January – 5 February. For global convenience, each venue set a 48-hour period within those days to develop their games.

Three students sit around a laptop and look at a game being developed in the Unity game engine.

The theme for GGJ 2023 was “Roots”. From February 3 – 5, a group of DigiPen Europe-Bilbao students had the opportunity to attend and participate at a nearby location at Urduliz 42, where they quickly set to work creating around the theme.

The event was open to anyone with an interest in game development, including amateur and professional developers, students, and hobbyists. It was a free event, and participants had the opportunity to join either individually or in a team.

The venue was open for the entire 48 hours of the event, as attendees managed their own schedules. Drinks and snacks were also provided on site!

Various students sit in chairs as a presenter speaks in front of the group.

GGJ 2023 provided a great opportunity for students to be creative, work in a team, and learn new skills. Participants worked together to develop a game from scratch, including programming, artwork, sound design, and game design. The event was also a great opportunity to network with other developers and to showcase their work to a wider audience.

You can check out the games created by our students alongside many others through the Global Game Jam website.