We are Tech North

The UK’s biggest ever games jam spawns 39 titles in 48 hours

Jamchester1

I’ve been to my fair share of hackathons in recent years, but Jamchester was something different. Held last weekend and billed as the UK’s biggest ever games jam, more than 200 people came together in Manchester to create 39 games in the space of a weekend.

Here’s Simon Smith, one of the organisers, describing the event in his own words:

What is #Jamchester? We asked one of the organisers.

A video posted by TechNorthHQ (@technorthhq) on

While most hackathons aren’t particularly exciting for spectators until demo time (people heads-down in laptops coding isn’t much fun to watch), I genuinely enjoyed looking over the shoulders of the teams as they put together and tested games that riffed on the event’s set theme, ‘You Already Won.’

Jamchester 2

Participants included indie game studios and hobbyists alike. Established names taking part included Manchester’s Sigtrap Games and Swedish game development training outfit PlaygroundSquad, which recently opened its first international outpost in the city.

Virtual reality was a big theme at the event. Some teams took advantage of the much-praised HTC Vive system, while others utilised the free mobile VR headset that Microsoft and Hull-based startup VISR gave to each participant.

jamchester 3

There were nine winners, including Clever Beans, in which a boxer must continue to celebrate a big win for as long as possible while dodging items thrown into the ring, and Best in Show, which sees you controlling both humans inside a pantomime cow simultaneously.

You can check out all the winners, and the rest of the games created during the weekend, over at Devpost.

jamchester 4

Jamchester was organised by Gameopolis and Hack Manchester, and sponsored by Microsoft, Chillingo, Tech North, PlayStation, Unreal, recruitment agency Amiqus, and local game development college SSR. The event raised money for Special Effect, a charity that helps gamers with disabilities.

Read next: Starship connects the world with Liverpool-developed virtual reality technology

All images credit: Charlotte Graham Photography

Twitter



Wakelet

Powered by wakelet



Instagram

  • Instagram

    • Watching people create VR landscapes in Google Tilt Brush at @futureartists VR event in Manchester.
    • The stage is set for our #NorthernStars to pitch to over 100 investors at Bloomberg. #business #entrepreneur #startups #tech #technology
    • In Oldham, Hack Oldham have opened a pop-up showcase in Tommyfield Market, where you can play musical bananas among other things. Maker culture on the high street - open every Saturday.
    • Full house for the final Founders' Network event in this series. #startup #entrepreneur #tech #technology #northerntech #digital #business
    • Massive welcome to Jazz Hanley, our new Community Engagement Manager for the North West. #technology #northern #business #startup #entrepreneur #community #northerntech
    • We're looking for the fastest growing tech companies in the North to enter our Northern Tech 100 League Table. Sound like you? Enter here - http://northerntechawards.com/enter-2017/ #tech #technology #entrepreneur #startup #business #northern #northerntech100
    • Probably not the best interviewee for testing out our new Tech North mic. 
#tech #technology #startup #entrepreneur #cat #catsofinstagram
    • Even the llama is moving North. 
#siliconmilkroundabout #smr12 #event #llama #tea #north #jobs #tech #startups #entrepreneur

    Follow Us