Melbourne Global Game Jam 2020



Melbourne hosts its tenth game jam at what's sure to be an memorable event at JMC Academy in the City of Port Phillip.

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This is an over 18 event sponsored by Cam Rogers Legal, Big Ant Studios the City of Port Phillip and JMC Academy.

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development.

The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a weekend development cycle.

The GGJ encourages people from all backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.

In January 2019, were the  had 860 locations in 113 countries create 9,010 games in one weekend!

The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.


The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.


31 Jan - 2 Feb 2020

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JMC Academy Melbourne is a 15 minute walk or a short tram ride from Southern Cross Train Station.


There are limited parking facilities available for jammers. To register your interest in a car park, email [email protected] It will be a first come, first served basis save for prioritising anyone with accessibility needs. JMC Academy is located in close proximity to residential areas and major retail and commercial premises. 

One and two hour paid street parking, located in close proximity to the JMC Academy, is available however parking officers strictly monitor the area regularly issuing parking fines. Students are strongly encouraged to use public transport, including trains and buses, when travelling to and from the JMC Academy. 




  • Public transport facilities are readily available in close proximity to JMC Academy and include trams and buses. The closest train station is Southern Cross station (formerly named Spenser Street station).  The following routes are within a short walking distance to the Academy.  
  • Tram Route 112: South Melbourne and St Kilda Beach to the City, runs along Clarendon Street, approximately 100m West of JMC Academy.
  • Tram Route 1: East Melbourne to South Melbourne Beach runs along Park Street, approximately 300m South of JMC Academy.
  • Tram Route 55: West Coburg to Domain Road runs along Kings Way approximately 1km east of JMC Academy.
  • Tram Route 96: East Brunswick to St Kilda Beach runs adjacent to Ferrars Street, approximately 1.2km West of JMC Academy.
  • Bus Route 253: Garden City to City, runs along Cecil Street approximately 800m North West of JMC Academy.


Bicycle Paths exist between the City and JMC Academy.  A designated bike path connects between the City and South Melbourne, via Moray Street, which are located approximately 150m East of JMC Academy.  Bike racks exist in the front of 169 Bank Street for the use of JMC Academy students.

Commercial Car Park

The following commercial car parks are also located in close proximity to JMC Academy: Wilson Parking located at 69 – 75 Clarke Street, South Melbourne (approximately 500m North of JMC Academy).
Crown Casino Car Park located at 74 Haig Street South Melbourne (approximately 750m North of JMC Academy).