The Moray Game Jam commenced in 2014 as collaboration between ScreenHI, Moray College UHI, and Hunted Cow Studios. It is a 48-hour team-based game creation jam set over a weekend in March and hosted in Elgin by Moray College UHI.
The jam invites teams of up to five people (minimum age 16 years old) and a bespoke ‘dating’ service is offered to solo entrants looking to pair up with like-minded gamers to create a brand new game.
In 2015 the Moray Game Jam grew to include traditional board games as well as computer games making the Jam a two-category competition, with new partner Victory Point Games.
The winning video game teams have won the opportunity to be mentored by Elgin-based Hunted Cow Studios, while the triumphant board game team have been offered the chance to work with California-based Victory Point Games.
2015 also introduced free gaming workshops taking place around the Jam and completely free and open for members of the public to attend. At these workshops, experienced users of leading game-making software packages such as Blender, YoYo GameMaker Studio and Unity introduce attendees to ways in which they can make the software work when it comes to making their own video games. There is also a board game development Masterclass. There is no age-restriction on attending these workshops.
The workshops in 2016 extended to two days over the weekend and included: Introduction to Digital Sculpting using Sculptris, Creating 2D Art for Games, The World Around Us, Create a Match-3 game in Unity, Gameplay: Random Events, It’s not Always About a Pie in the Face, iPhone/iPad App Development for Beginners, Introduction to 3D Modelling in Blender. 2016 also included an opportunity to try the games created during the Moray Game Jam wtih a Mini-Gaming Playground.
2016 also welcomed the addition of new partner Business Gateway Moray.