Finnish Game Jam 2011

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And the winners of FGJ 2011 are…

The winners of the Finnish Game Jam 2011 were revealed on IGDA Finland gathering in Helsinki on Tuesday night. There were three winning categories: the Best Game, voted by the judges, the Jammers Favorite voted by the jammers themselves, and the Best Windows Phone 7 Game, sponsored by Microsoft and also voted by the judges. And here are the winners:

Best Game: Snobli Run, Kajaani
Jammers Favorite: Snobli Run, Kajaani
Best Windows Phone 7 Game: Omniludens, Tampere

Congratulations to winners!

Finland cleans the table in Gamesauce Challenge!

The winners of Gamesauce Challenge have been published and the results can be described with one word: EPIC! Among the ten winning games there are four games from Finland, and among the five runner ups there’s one more! Way to go! The winning teams have the opportunity to present their game during the Casual Connect Europe on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany and have all-access passes to Casual Connect Europe and three nights of accommodation.

Congrats to all the winning teams:
Death Pizza, Turku
Hamsters and Plague, Oulu
Rhythm of the Stars, Tampere
Snobli Run, Kajaani

And the runner up:
How to Kill Pandas, Outokumpu

Game Jam over, now tell us how did we do!

The feedback is important to us, it helps us make the event even better! Jammers and organizers are asked to fill the national FGJ survey as well as the global GGJ survey. Use a few minutes and influence!

Jammer: Remember to vote for your favorite FGJ 2011 game!

Jammers Favorite voting has been opened. Play the games and give your vote! The links have been sent to the jammers, if you did not get mail, please contact your local coordinator. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 8th of February in the IGDA meeting in Helsinki.

And here are the nominees…

The winners of the Finnish Game Jam 2011 competitions are declared at the IGDA February meeting in Helsinki, 8.2.2011. The nominees are:

Rhythm of the Stars
Snobli Run
Mushroom Crusher Extreme
Air Extinguisher
Death Pizza
How to Kill Pandas
Hamsters and Plague
Crash Lander
End of Resources

Stack’em Noah!
Last Kuraks

The candidates for the competitions were nominated by following judges:

FGJ Tampere:
Matti Isotalo, Gamereactor Finland
Roope Kärki, Advant Games

FGJ Kajaani:
Arto Moilanen, KAJAK
Kimmo Nikkanen, KAJAK

FGJ Oulu:
Antti Ervasti, Game Research Center/Oulun Yliopisto
Tony Manninen, Ludocraft
Jussi Autio, Tuonela Productions

FGJ Turku:
Vesa Nieminen, Turku Game & Tech Labs
Niklas Wahrman, TicBits Ltd

FGJ Outokumpu:
Jonne Ojennus, Grit Studios
Veikko Miettinen, PKKY

This is what you signed up for!

Wondering what’s all the legal mumble jumble they want you to leave your games under once they’re finished and uploaded? Check the Creative Commons explanations by Otto Kekäläinen in FGJ Tampere from our official YouTube channel: And while you’re at it, check the other clips too to get a taste of the jamming mood! All the videos can be found from

Check also Tampere’s and Oulu’s Flickr photos!

Watch the keynote by Keita Takahashi!

Each year, all the sites attending to the Global Game Jam air a shared, special keynote. Previously the keynotes have been by Kyle Gabler and Ste Curran. This year, the person behind the keynote was Keita Takahashi. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, his games, Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy might! If not, try those games out, because they are very unique game experiences. The keynote is now public and available for anyone to watch, go check it out:!

Advant Games Challenge in FGJ 2011

Advant Games from Tampere is offering a 100 euro gift voucher to GameStop in an idea competition on lottery games. Send a brief description of your lottery game idea based on some of your old favorite games before Sunday 9PM through a form in or mail it to The winner is announced at the sauna in the Sunday evening.

This competition is separate from the game jam projects, and you can think the concept by yourself or in a group. The competition is open for Finnish Game Jam participants. Check more information and get inspired in!

Finnish Game Jam kicked off!

FGJ2011 has been successfully kicked off! About 160 jammers registered to different FGJ sites this year. The site specific numbers are: Tampere 44 (+ 2 remote participants in Scotland!), Turku 15, Outokumpu 10, Oulu 20 and Kajaani an impressive 70! Finnish game companies are widely represented as well: there are participants at least from 10tons Oy, Collosal Order, Frozenbyte, Moido Games, Kajak Games, Kuuasema, Kyy Games, Mental Moustache, Random Star Games and Tuokio! Can’t wait the games that will come out of these jams! But let’s not get ahead of time, there are still almost 41 hard (but exciting) developing hours left. Make the most of them!

Sign up for FGJ 2011 now!

The Finnish Game Jam 2011 is approaching with a swift speed! This year the jamming will be arranged in five locations: Kajaani, Tampere, Turku, Oulu and Outokumpu. The jams differ from last year also in that in addition to digital games, this time in some sites it is also possible to develop board games! So even if you are not the wizard of computing, don’t be afraid to sign up!

Be sure to register in time! The registration is now open, see more information and the link to the form in the Registration page.