Our theory that game jams are awesome engines of growth for our local game industry is clearly demonstrated with the increasing number of game developers showing up (and the return of regulars), the increasing number of games being made (and being brought to market after refinement), and the increasing number of friendships being made (and companies being founded).
Over the years, jammers have included students from all Phoenix universities with game degrees such as the University of Advancing Technology, Arizona State University, DeVry University and the former Collins College. We also have plenty of professionals and amateur developers, offering great mentoring, networking and talent development/acquisition opportunities.
We encourage everyone from around Arizona and beyond to come and join us for our game jams. This is the second year in a row that Natalie and David from Fancy Fish Games drove down from Flagstaff to make games with fellow Arizonans. We are a supportive and growing community and we welcome all!
The growth of the game jams wouldn't be possible without awesome sponsors. We're super grateful for this year's sponsors, for their monetary and in-kind donations. If you are interested in sponsoring future game jams, or know someone who might be, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judges for this year's jam included David Boleman, Provost at UAT, Robert Simyar, Founder of ToHeroes Game Studios, and Aby Moore, Co-Founder of Broken Window Studios. With so many fun and engaging games the judging was difficult and close. The winners for this year's jam awards are the following:
The Houdini Award for Best Art went to LIGO Chess
Prize: 1-year indie license to Houdini Indie for each team member
Whiskered Away will be featured at our booth at GDC Play this March 1st-3rd. If you're planning on attending the Game Developer Conference (GDC) this year, make sure to stop by, say hi and give it a play. :)