After a sold-out first event in 2016, Gameopolis & Hac100 are proud to present Jamchester 2017, the UK’s biggest game jam aimed at industry professionals.

” This is the best game jam I have ever been to.”

Angus Dick, of Jamchester 2016 ‘Best Game’ winners Acid Nerve feat Angus Dick.

About Jamchester

Now in year two, JAMCHESTER is an annual, weekend-long video game creation competition. It will take place on Friday 23rd June through to Sunday 25th June 2017 at The Studio event space in the heart of Manchester, UK. This year’s sponsors include Google Cloud Platform, Unity, Amiqus, and The Studio. Supporters include TIGA, Ukie, and All4Games, while our charity partner is Special Effect.

  • Teams of professional developers (and a sprinkling of up-and-coming student talent) compete onsite to create the best games in a weekend.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to network with other developers, learn new skills and have fun! Think of it as a chance to recharge your creative batteries in a friendly environment.
  • Teams will be 1 to 4 people. The event is open to pre-existing teams of friends, indie devs, students and we encourage individuals to sign up and join/create new teams themselves.
  • The jam is based on the established HAC100 format where developers stay onsite and work overnight on their projects.
  • Due to the overnight nature of the event, we’re unable to accept applicants aged under 18.

Jamchester 2016 attracted over 200 attendees and 39 games were submitted. Some of the games created during the first Jamchester went on to achieve great success, with TheLADbible favourite “Trump: The Bricktator” eventually released on mobile by Silo Black Games and fellow competitor “Best In Show” by Torque Studios attracting more than 1.5 million views on YouTube. All of the games from 2016‘s jam can be downloaded and played for free from DevPost here:

“Winning an award from Jamchester 2016 was great for us as a newly-formed studio, helping to show what we can do and meet some great industry contacts too. We’re really excited about taking part again this June!”

Ben Mills, Managing Director, Desk Dragons.

The Competition

Registration link:

The jam will be judged continuously with Judges walking round throughout the entire competition, looking at and playing what people are making right from the start to the end. There will be no final presentation necessary as the judges will be following the games through development.

Prize categories will include – Best Game, Best Audio, Best Graphics, Best Gameplay, Best Tech Achievement, Innovation Award, Best Company Game, Best Student Game.

Our lead judge is Gary Napper, who is Game Director at Supermassive Games and formally the Lead Designer for Sony’s VR Studio in Salford. Gary was the Design Director for Creative Assembly on Alien: Isolation and has judged the Rezzed Game Jam. He will lead a team of industry professional judges and expert jammers to choose the best games of the competition.



The Venue

We’ll be taking over The Studio again, a great events space right in the centre of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, less than 10 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly station and surrounded by hotels, hostels, bars, and restaurants.

Complimentary food and drink will be provided for jammers across the entire weekend. You are welcome to bring additional snacks to keep you going in between meals, overnight or if you have special dietary requirements.

EQUIPMENT – Please bring a laptop, power cables, converters etc. We will provide power supplies and wifi connectivity. There will be comfortable rest areas – feel free to bring a pillow, blanket, sleeping bag etc. There will be delicious food and drink and all kinds of entertainment throughout the weekend, including a showcase of games in development in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas.


We have discounted rates at our nearest main car park The Northern Quarter NCP on Church Street. The postcode for this is M4 1LX.

To obtain discounted parking at the Northern Quarter Church Street car park simply ask for an NCP validation ticket at The Studio reception. When you are ready to exit the car park, simply insert your original parking ticket into the payment machines along with the validation ticket to activate the discount.

“HackManchester have done an amazing job. The logistics have been superb, the competing teams have been superb, the venue is amazing.”

Lee Stott, Microsoft [Jamchester 2016 sponsors]

Who are we?

Simon GameopolisSimon Smith (@vauncey)  is co-founder of Gameopolis, the Greater Manchester video games industry network. He has worked in the industry for 15 years as designer and producer at Codemasters, Blitz Games, and SCEE (PlayStation). He now heads up Business Development for the VR/AR/Interactive team at Studio Liddell in Manchester.


Claire Foster Hack ManchesterClaire Foster (@squarejazz) is Manchester’s Tech Community event organiser extraordinaire and Director of HAC100, a registered Community Interest Company. HAC100 is now in it’s sixth year of running successful coding competitions and has attracted sponsorship from companies including GCHQ, Barclays, SKY, AutoDesk, AutoTrader,, Co-op, Sage, and TheLADbible to name a few.

Charity Partner

We have teamed up with Special Effect again this year, with all ticket proceeds going to the charity to help level the playing field for gamers with disabilities.

“We are honoured to have been chosen as the charity partner for Jamchester. It will raise vital funds and awareness of our work helping gamers with disabilities, both in the north west and across the UK. As demand grows for what we do, support from events like Jamchester really are a game changer for the charity.”

Nick Streeter of Special Effect


What if I’m looking for a team?

We will be seeting up a Slack for Jamchester17 so you can find team members in advance of the event. The slack invite will be included in your Eventbrite email confirmation. You’ll also be able to turn up to registration and meet people there.

How Big Are The Teams?

Teams can be a minimum of one person and a maximum of four. If a company/group has more than four participants they will be asked to make up another separate team.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

You must be 18 or over to attend.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No we will be registering you on the Eventbrite app.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

No. Please either seek a refund or contact the organisers to transfer the ticket to someone else.

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