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Ukie Student Game Jam launches in partnership with Playground Games

We're proud to partner with Playground Games for our upcoming Ukie Student Game Jam!

Back by popular demand, the Ukie Student Game Jam launches today in an exciting new partnership with Playground Games, the AAA game development studio behind the award-winning Forza Horizon series and the highly anticipated new entry to the Fable franchise. 

The Ukie Student Game Jam is a fun and creative opportunity for Ukie's student members to flex their game-making muscles by creating an original video game over 14 & 15 March 2024. Each participating team is paired with an industry mentor, making this an unmissable opportunity for students to learn directly from developers, and for professionals to engage with the next generation of video games talent. 

Playground Games’ own Vince Finlayson, Associate Chief Engineer, and Jana Stadeler, Senior Game Designer, will be offering their expertise to the students by joining the panel of industry judges who select the Jam’s three awards: Winner, Best Moment-to-Moment Gameplay and Technical Achievement.   

The winning team will get the incredible opportunity to exhibit their demo at games expo WASD in London in April. An awards presentation will take place on the WASD Careers Stage on Thursday 25 April, to showcase the participating students and the brilliant work produced during the Game Jam. 

“Game jams are a fabulous opportunity to share your creativity, whilst honing your teamwork skills in a real-life development experience. The Ukie Student Game Jam is a fun and inclusive activity, and we hope this year’s teams enjoy this as much as previous participants have. A special thank you must go to Playground Games, our creative partner. Their support gives the Game Jam participants direct exposure to the one of the UK’s finest video game developers. We are delighted to work with such esteemed companies as Playground Games, WASD, Into Games and Epic Games, who all see the value in supporting the developers of tomorrow.”  Sam Collins, acting Co-CEO, Ukie

“Playground Games are delighted to be partnering with Ukie on the 2024 Student Game Jam. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of game developers to showcase their skills and learn from industry professionals! The work Ukie does for the games industry is essential to ensuring the continued development of talent and ensuring the UK remains one of the best places to make games.”  Trevor Williams, Studio Head, Playground Games 

If you’d like to know more about the Ukie Student Game Jam, and for information on supporting the activity or taking part as an industry mentor, please check out this participation pack

If you or your institution is a Ukie Students member and you’d like to take part, please check your emails! A sign-up form and further information have been released directly to you. 

The Ukie Student Game Jam 2024 is also delighted to be in partnership with WASD, Epic Games, who support our Ukie Students programme, and Into Games, who are running the Careers Stage at WASD and will be securing Video Games Ambassadors to mentor students through the Jam.

If you have any questions or want to know more about the Ukie Student Game Jam, please contact Siân on sian@ukie.org.uk.