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Global Game Jam has come and gone and, with it, we’ve officially completed the first event of MADJAM 2015. We had a lot of fun at the first event and learned a lot of lessons about organizing such an enormous game jam.


Attendance at the event was almost overwhelming: the GGJ event saw 74 participants come out to the Mercer Warehouse who together built 15 awesome games in only 48 hours. We were lucky enough to have 5 amazing speakers deliver talks on the first night, a booth from Microsoft with some incredibly useful swag, and two representatives from the Edmonton City Council in attendance.


Throughout the weekend, over 200 people dropped in to watch the event livestream on Saturday and we had CityTV drop by to cover the event as well.

We’re extremely pleased with the event and we want to thank all the participants, judges, speakers, and volunteers for their time and energy. We are humbled by the passion we saw at the event and we know that this is only the beginning of what Edmonton has to offer the world of video gaming.

We also want to give a huge shout-out to our incredible sponsors: Unity, Startup Edmonton, Microsoft, Github, Edmonton Digital Arts, and OverKlocked. Your support is invaluable as we continue to make Edmonton a better place for people in the game industry.

We know that there is room for improvement in future events. We had issues with internet stability towards the end of the day on Sunday. We know we want to work on delivering information and rules with more clarity in the future as there was some confusion. We will apply everything we learned to ensure that our next events are even better. We appreciate every bit of support and feedback given to us, so don’t hesitate to email us with your thoughts on the event.

In anticipation of the next event, we want to give you a quick run down some important things you’ll want to do before the next event.

Link Your Badge

In order to link your MADJAM participant page to your QR code, simply scan your QR code and follow the instructions on the webpage. From then on, your unique QR code will always redirect to your MADJAM participant profile on the MADJAM website.

Make sure you hang onto your MADJAM badge and lanyard for the next event! Creating new QR codes/badges and producing extra lanyards costs time and money, resulting in a smaller prize budget for each event.

If you have lost your lanyard/badge or you didn’t attend the Global Game Jam event, we will be providing new badges at the next event.

Get Votes For Your Game

The games built during the Global Game Jam event are open to a public vote

until the next event. Voting is only open to non-participants of MADJAM and voters must use their Facebook account to vote. The voters’ top three games will earn MADJAM points for their team members. We encourage you to share your favourite game with your friends, family, twitter followers, pinterestalkers, and local riffraff.

Subscribe To MADSOFT Games On Youtube

We’ll be posting videos

from the event in the coming weeks, so make sure to keep an eye on our youtube channel.

Enter The Unity Sweepstakes

Unity will be holding a newsletter sweepstake

at the end of 2015 for MADJAM participants. We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter for a chance to win a Unity 5 Pro license!

Mark Off Time For The Next MADJAM Event

The next MADJAM event begins on April 25th, 2015

at the Game Discovery Exhibition and will run for one week. In order to continue to provide awesome prizes and to host talks during the event, we will be introducing paid tickets for the event (but don’t worry, it’s going to be super affordable). We will be announcing the early bird ticket prices and more details for the event both here on the MADSOFT Games blog and in our MADJAM newsletter.

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