Please fill this out if you want to participate - whether you want to make something yourself, join a team, or contribute in any other way!
The "jam" is open to contributions from anywhere in the world, but there is a physical launch in London.
This game “jam” is inspired by Game Workers Unite (GWU) and the movement for unionising the videogames industry.
The theme: “organising at work.” We want entries that take a creative angle on what “organising at work” means today. This could be about trade unions, building networks, or talking to colleagues at work. Whether you’ve been following the story of game workers unionising or this is all brand new to you, we would love to see your contributions!
Submissions can be prototypes, working versions, ideas for a game, drafts and sketches, or other forms. What we are interested in is thinking about how short games can help inform or motivate organising at work. Please do get in touch if you want to submit in other ways than on itch.io.
Given the organising that GWU members have been undertaking, we do not want this jam to encourage exploitative working practices. The timetable is a suggestion and we know how much work goes into making a game. That’s why we’ve gone with “jam” in speech marks.
We do not want participants to crunch for the jam, so we have spread it out over four weeks, finishing on the 17th of June.
You can also pre-register interest on this sign-up form and join the GWU discord channel. We encourage participants to support each other and share ideas and skills.
We will host a launch event for the jam in London on Saturday 18th May, with the Marx at the Arcade Book launch. You can learn more about the unionisation effort from passionate game workers. There will also be a celebration event at the end of the “jam” (details TBC - follow @GWU_UK on Twitter for updates as well as #WorkersGameJam ).
We aim to compile entries into a special issue of Notes from Below, along with accompanying pieces and interviews. Do get in touch if you want to contribute as well!
The “jam” is hosted by Notes from Below and supported by the GWU branch of IWGB in the UK