PTBO Game Jam kicked off their fourth bi-annual event that brings together game programmers, artists and tech savvy people to create games in a 32-hour challenge. The free event hosted by Peterborough game studio dotBunny and sponsors including the Innovation Cluster took place at the Kawartha Trade & Technology Centre at Fleming College on Feb. 23 to 25, 2018.
During the 32-hour jam, a total of 71 participants developed games based off of the theme “Pirates Without Borders”, which the jammers had to discover through playing dotBunny’s interactive experience “BREATHE”.
“PTBO Game Jam 04 was a great experience for everyone involved. It wouldn’t have been possible without the team of amazing volunteers, and the expanding community support we receive,” says Matthew Davey, PTBO Game Jam founder & organizer “I’m excited to see where things go as we continue to expand our audience,” he said.
The event also includes a two-hour youth educational block which is popular each year and helps people at a young age gain more interest in game development and related career paths.
“Watching our youth educational block grow has been one of the most rewarding things for me,” says Davey. “Talking with other parents and hearing their stories, it really motivates me to keep pushing forward.”
For the first time in PTBO Game Jam’s history, jammers had the opportunity to “de-stress” and through a Putt-for-Swag event and a Mario Kart championship after 11 p.m.
Once the all-nighter came to a close, jammers took Sunday to test out everyone else’s game, relax, and have the public see the event’s results.
Participants had until March 2, 2018 to polish their games and submit them on Itch.io. The community is to review and vote on which game they determine is the best game of PTBO Game Jam 04, as an extra bonus for the jammers.
The Financial Post states Canada ranks third in the world for developing video games, behind the U.S. and Japan, according to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada. And last year, the industry employed 20,400 people in more than 470 studios and contributed $3 billion to the country’s GDP. With more game studios and developers popping up in Peterborough/the Kawarthas and opportunities for education, our community is set for growth in this booming sector.