5 Biggest Game Jams

by Arya Wirendra Published March 7, 2024

Game jams offer indie game developers a great platform to showcase their talent and receive valuable feedback. Big game jams provide excellent exposure, while smaller game/team jams offer valuable feedback that can help improve your skills.

Participating in a game jam is a great way to test out new game ideas and rapidly prototype a project with a massive audience.

A game jam is a great way to join and become part of some of the best game dev communities. Many people who join a jam will look for a small team to participate with in order to make something incredible together. Many indie game teams found their start at game jam events.

To help you find the best game jam for you, we’ve compiled a list of the world’s top game jams that you should consider participating in.

Ludum Dare

Ludum Dare is one of the most popular game jams in the world, held three times a year. It challenges developers to create a game from scratch in 48 hours. The community and judges then vote for the best games. The next Ludum Dare will be held from 12-14 April 2024.

Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam is another popular game jam that brings together developers from around the world. It’s held annually in January and challenges developers to create a game based on a theme in 48 hours.


Ectocomp is an annual lighthearted and fun interactive game jam held in October, in celebration for Halloween. You can participate by submitting your own ghost story or Halloween-inspired adventure in English, French, or Spanish. Participants can explore various sub-themes, such as supernatural tales or spooky adventures, and get feedback and votes from the community.

Nordic Game Jam

Nordic Game Jam is a 48-hour game jam that brings together developers from around the world. It’s held annually in Copenhagen, Denmark, and challenges developers to create a game based on a theme. The next Nordic Game Jam will be held in 18-21 April 2024.

GMTK Game Jam

GMTK Game Jam is itch.io's biggest jam. It’s an annual game-making event that brings together creators from around the world to build amazing games in just 48 hours. Hosted by the popular YouTube channel GMTK, this jam showcases some of the most innovative and imaginative game designs out there.

Participating in a game jam can be a great way for you as indie game developers to showcase your talent, receive feedback, and gain exposure. There’s a game jam out there for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced developer. So, gather your team and get ready to create something amazing!

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