Next week sees the start of the Third Annual University of Bolton Charity Game Jam. The ‘jam’ is a competition which challenges Bolton game students to make a game in just 32 hours.

Students from the university’s three undergraduate games courses and Game Development Masters course will compete to produce a game to match a secret theme that won’t be revealed to them until the game jam starts. Students can work in teams or on their own, with industry experts and Lecturers there to guide and advise them.

The game jam is once again in aid of SpecialEffect, a charity that assists people with a range of disabilities to play videogames. Last year the game jam raised over £1000 for the cause.

The celebrity guest judge will be Jupiter Hadley, Senior Writer at Alpha Beta Gamer. Jupiter has reviewed several thousand games, and is an acknowledged expert in game testing and development.

“I’ve been really impressed by the way our students rose to the challenge of previous game jams.” said Simon Wiggins, Head of the School of Creative Technologies. “They learn a lot, have something great to talk about to employers, and most of all they have a lot of fun.”

All years and abilities are welcome. Entrance is free, and while there is a suggested donation of £5 towards the caus, this is on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis.

The game jam kicks off at 10am on Thursday 2nd November and finishes at 3.30pm on the following day. Students meet in Ravenholm, one of the studios in the brand new purpose built facility that houses the games development courses.

Additional information

For any questions or additional information on this, please contact me, Judah Smith, on or you can telephone me on 07857 435994

This is the third annual game jam.

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