The 2017 edition of Global Game Jam has wrapped up with a bang.
Gamers and game developers across the country converged for a 3-day workshop to learn, express and share experiences on game development and creation at the Centre4Tech.
Every year in the month of January, game developers converge at various designated physical centres around the world to participate in the world’s largest game developers’ hackathon tagged “Global Game Jam”.
The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is a 48-hour hackathon focused on game development, where game developers, coders, game graphics animators, graphics artists, game sound artists and game story writers come together to be creative, share experiences and express themselves in a multitude of ways through games, based on a common theme unveiled internationally.
This year’s Global Game Jam was tagged: “Lagos Global Game Jam at Center4Tech”.
The GGJ included a 2-day workshop prior to the main event to educate interested newbies and students in hands-on game development.
In 2016, the game industry generated a revenue of about a $100 Billion worldwide.
The event attracted participants from various locations within and outside Lagos State, including gamers and professional game developers from established studios, Unity3d Game Engine User Group Lagos members and youths.
Students from various higher institutions, including University of Lagos (UNILAG), Babcock University, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ibadan Polytechnic, Osun State Polytechnic, Lagos City Polytechnic, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) and Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), while teenage game developers who had attended the Center4Tech’s Young Inventors Summer Camp were present.
Prizes won at the event include Google VR (Virtual Reality) Gadgets from Google Nigeria, souvenir packs from Access Bank Plc/Accelerate TV to Team Leaders and Unity Face caps to Teen developers in the house.
Other Unity3D (Game development Engine), United Kingdom, items were distributed to all attendees.
Delivering the closing speech, Chief Technical Officer, Center4Tech, Uyai Mbon thanked the sponsors and attendees.
She encouraged students gamers and game developers to continue developing games, noting that the huge sum of revenue generated by the game development industry was still untapped by Nigerians.
Mbon advised the participants to commercialise their game creations on various platforms.
The event afforded students and newbie game developers the opportunity to learn how to develop games using 2D and 3D games development engine.
They also had the opportunity to interact with experienced and professional game developers who emphasised the fact that games development is a big deal!
Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye