Cogswell College to Host Site for World's Largest Game Jam

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cogswell College (http://www.cogswell.edu/), one of the world's leading regionally-accredited institutions offering a unique curriculum that fuses digital arts, engineering and entrepreneurship, will be a host site for the 2013 Global Game Jam, which will take place January 25-27, 2013 at 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA.

The format of the Global Game Jam (GGJ) will be similar to other game jams around the world. The event will begin with the announcement of the year's secret theme. Attendees will then be challenged to work together in teams to design and develop games based on that theme over the course of the following 48 hours. The jam is not a competition, and no rewards will be given. Each year, jammers from across the globe work around the clock to meet the intense deadline of the GGJ purely for the experience and the pride of completing the event. The GGJ is the perfect opportunity for aspiring game developers to push their creative and technical skills to the limit, collaborate with fellow talented jammers, and form lifelong friendships.

The GGJ is the world's largest game jam, and 2013 promises to be the biggest yet with more than 270 sites in 58 countries. Since its inception in 2009, the GGJ has grown from 1,600 participants from 23 countries to more than 10,000 participants from 46 countries in 2012. Last year's massive event saw the creation of more than 2,000 unique games and set the Guinness World Record for "Largest Game Jam in the World."

WHAT: 2013 Global Game Jam

WHEN: Friday, January 25, 2013 @ 6:00pm – Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 3:00pm

WHERE: Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

COST: $10 for students w/ valid college email; $20 for Cogswell alumni; $40 for general public

RSVP REQUIRED: http://www.cogswellalumni.com/cogswellalumni/ggj2013/

Attendance is open to Cogswell students and alumni as well as the general public. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

About Cogswell College

Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cogswell College is an accredited four-year institution of higher education with a curriculum that fuses art, engineering and entrepreneurship (http://www.cogswell.edu/index.php). As one of the Bay Area's premier colleges, its novel academic approach offers an integrated model that emulates the industry environment—a collaborative, project-based, learning approach that uses multidisciplinary teams to take projects from concept through the delivery pipeline.

Cogswell alumni credentials include Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Gears of War 3 and blockbuster films including Life of Pi, Madagascar, and The Avengers. Student-created films have garnered scores of national awards (http://www.cogswell.edu/student-work/worlds-apart.php). Cogswell alumni have gone on to careers with Activision, DreamWorks, Disney, Electronic Arts, Pixar and Microsoft Game Studio as well as starting their own creative ventures.

CONTACT: Bonnie Phelps Cogswell College bphelps@cogswell.edu 408-498-5145 Kimberly Hathaway Gallagher Group Communications kimberly@gg-comm.com 415-994-1097Source:Cogswell College