In line with its commitment to supporting the technology and Innovation sectors and the gaming initiatives, The Bahrain Internet Society announces the launch of the second Bahrain Game Jam in collaboration with Bahrain Polytechnic, the UNIDO ITPO Office-The Arab International Centre for Entrepreneurship & Investment and the French Embassy in Bahrain. The Game Jam is a gaming development hackathon taking place at Bahrain Polytechnic from Thursday the 05th of December until Saturday 07th of December 2019.
The event focuses on gathering talented and enthusiastic game developers to follow a specific “Theme” while developing a game within 48 hours. The opening ceremony will take place on the 5th of December at 11:00 am with pre-event educational and informative tracks starting from 9:00 am designed to help prepare the participants and the visitors. The event will host a panel discussion by some of the leaders in the fields followed by the “Theme” announcement at 12:00 pm. The participants will need to submit their games by 12:00 pm on the 7th of December and the closing ceremony will take place at 07:00 pm where the winners will be awarded.
Mr. Yousef BuHazza, Vice Chairman of the Bahrain Internet Society and Founder of Unreal Bahrain said:
”After the success of last year’s game jam that hosted over 30 participants, developing 9 games in total, with a third of the participants being woman, the event attracted some local and global industry expert entities to be part of it, such as ECDC (France) - a multi award winning Videogame’s Education Company, Epic Games (USA), Amazon Web Services (Bahrain) and many more.”
“The Video Games Industry Is Valued at USD 151 Billion globally. Game Development Hackathons ‘Jams’ are an important part of the game development culture as they nurture the growth of talents and encourage experimentation and innovation in the creative and technical fields, as many of the freshly established indie studios that have had amazing success like Rocket League game which made over USD 70 Million and is valued over USD 260 Million as a competitive E-Sports Franchise or games like Goat Simulator which made over USD 12 Million. We believe that through strategic stakeholder partnerships Bahrain can establish its name in this industry” Mr. Buhazza added.
More information about participation and the event program can be found on the Bahrain Game Jam website.