Oct 5-18, 2020

Learn to build the game of your dreams.

Gameathon is a 2 week program designed to guide students with little to no previous experience to build their first game.

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About Gameathon

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Gameathon is a 2 week event hosted by Bit Project in collaboration with industry partners, where anyone can learn the skills needed to make your own video game! Spend a week familiarizing yourself with some of the most popular game development engines used in the industry today, and then spend a week coding the best game you can. No prior experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome to join. Submit a game, and you'll be in the running for hundreds of dollars in prizes!

Workshop Schedule

October 5 - 11, 2020

Development Schedule

October 12 - 18, 2020

Featured Speakers

Our workshops will teach you the fundamentals of game dev and strengthen your new skills - more guest speakers to be announced!

Intro to Unity, Pt. 3

Ben Mcilmoyle

Developer Advocate

Game Design with...

Benjamin Rivers

Indie Game Developer

Our Partners

We'd like to thank these partners for providing speakers, materials, prizes, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Game Jam, exactly?

A game jam is like a hackathon, but specifically for games! Essentially, you’ll have a week to program and submit the best game you can, and we’ll judge the games and pick our favorites.

Who can participate - how much experience do I need?

Anyone with an interest in programming or game development can participate. As a matter of fact, we encourage people with 0 prior experience with game development to join!

Are we allowed to form teams?

This is an individual event, so no teams. However, you’re encouraged to get your friends to join and troubleshoot together! We'll also be hosting social events like stand-ups throughout the development week to promote socializing and friendly collaboration.

How can I interact with other participants -- is there any virtual platform where we can all communicate?

As a matter of fact, there is! We have an official Bit Project Discord, which everyone is encouraged to join. Also, we'll be periodically hosting events that encourage socializing between participants. Keep your eyes peeled for those!

What kind of workshops are being held?

We’ll be hosting workshops to teach someone with no prior knowledge how to use both the GameMaker and Unity engines. In addition, we’ll be having guest speakers discuss more general game development concepts.

How do we submit our games?

As we approach the start of the game jam, we’ll elaborate on how the games are meant to be submitted.