The UK’s Biggest Professional Game Jam   |   May 20th-22nd 2016   | Manchester

Gameopolis in conjunction with HackManchester is proud to present Jamchester, the UK’s biggest game jam aimed at industry professionals.

Tickets are available NOW from this link

Jamchester is a weekend-long video game creation competition in the heart of Manchester.

This is the first major UK Game Jam aimed at videogame professionals, who will compete in teams onsite to create the best games in a weekend. Teams from major companies and indie devs will compete on a level playing field with the jam’s theme only revealed at the start of the competition. We will also have a limited number of student teams to give them the opportunity to mix with industry professionals. 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 HackManchester 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 under 18.

Pic from HackManchester 2015

The Competition

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 (TBC) – 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 Lead Designer for Sony’s VR Studio in Salford. Gary was formerly Design Director for Creative Assembly on Alien: Isolation and has judged the Rezzed Game Jam. Gary will lead a team of industry professional judges and expert jammers to choose the best games of the competition.

Schedule (TBC)


7.30-8.30pm – Launch Party and Manchester Games Showcase.

8.30pm – Theme announcement and Jam begins (starting this late will help people travelling from out of town).


24hrs – Jam continues onsite. Judges visit teams all day and follow progress of the games.


1pm – Jam time ends.

1-2pm – Judges deliberation.

2-3pm – Awards ceremony.

1-5pm – closing party including Awards ceremony. (As this is a national event, finishing mid-afternoon helps people who are travelling from out of town)

The Venue

We’ll be taking over The Studio, 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.

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 classic arcade machines and a showcase of games in development in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas.

Who are we?

Simon GameopolisSimon Smith (@vauncey) is the co-founder of Gameopolis, the network to promote and link the Greater Manchester video games industry. Simon has worked in the video games industry for 15 years as designer and producer at Codemasters, Blitz Games, and Sony Computer Entertainment (PlayStation). In early 2014 he set up his own game development company, thumbfood, in Manchester.


Claire Foster Hack ManchesterClaire Foster (@squarejazz) is Manchester’s Tech Community event organiser extraordinaire and Director of HackManchester, a registered Community Interest Company. HackManchester is now in it’s fifth year of running a 24-hour coding competition and has attracted sponsorship from companies including Barclays, AutoDesk, Autotrader,, Sage, and TheLADbible to name a few.


Alex Rose GamesAlex Rose (@AlexRoseGames) is a Manchester-based indie game developer and Game Jam expert who won the Rezzed Game Jam 2015 and the innovation category in Ludum Dare 28. He makes games featuring rude bears. Next up – Super Rude Bear Resurrection on PlayStation and PC.





What if I’m looking for a team?

We will have an online system to help people find team members. You’ll also be able to turn up to the opening party 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 and refund or contact the organisers to transfer the ticket to someone else.


Images of Hack Manchester 2015