Unreal Bahrain in Cooperation with The Unity Devs Syndicate, and Corporate Hub 9 are happy to announce that Bahrain will host the 8th installment of the Game Zanga Game Jam Competition that is happening across the Arabian Region.
Zanga “زنقة” a local slang that means in a tight situation was an initiative that started 8 years back by the GameTako community as a non-profit initiative to promote and support the gaming industry, and is now organized by volunteers from game dev communities across the Arab World such as Yousef BuHazza, Danar Kayfi, Tariq Mukhtar, Moneim Mohammad, and Mahmood AlSarhani.
GameZanga is an event for game development enthusiasts all over the Arab World and beyond. The Jam offers no Financial Prizes but is intended to spread the challenge and skills of game development across the Arabian region.
According to a statement made by Zanga, it’s open to game development enthusiasts of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, whether you are an industry professional or you’ve never made a game before. The statement adds that the obstacles to development are practically nonexistent these days and there are free development tools available, and some of those tools make it possible to create fun games without needing to write a single line of code as well as plenty of content and libraries that you can use in your games for free
Game Jams have long been a staple of innovation in the game development scene and have a long-lasting tradition within game developers as a rite of passage towards calling themselves true game developers. Jams bring together many people with different experiences together and push them against the clock to deliver innovative games following a theme over a constrained short period of time.
Bahrain is no stranger to organizing Game Jams, where the next one after the Game Zanga would be the Bahrain Game Jam. Bahrain also hosted its first Global Game Jam this year thanks to Unreal Bahrain and CH9, followed by The GCC Game Jam and GCC Game Conference organized by InifinteWare and Polytechnic Bahrain as part of the StartUp Bahrain Week organized by the Bahrain Economic Development Board.
Many consider their games done once submitted at the end of the jam; However, teams following through with those games at times achieve amazing success. Prime examples are games like Superhot which was developed over the 7 Day First Person Shooter Game Jam and went on to make over USD 4 Million in sales not bad for a game whose concept was developed in 7 Days. Other examples like Goat Simulator which was developed during an internal game jam at coffee stain studio has made over USD 12 Million in revenue, the list goes on with games like surgeon simulator, Thomas was alone, has enjoyed similar commercial successes and have helped their creators open independent game development studios.
According to Newzoo, the gaming industry was valued at USD 116 Billion in 2017 and is expected to grow to USD 143.5 Billion by 2020.
The Bahrain Jam will be held at the CH9 Incubator located on the Second Floor of the Lagoon Mall in Amwaj Islands, and will start from Friday 17th of August until Sunday the 19th of August 2018 and will be open for the duration of the 48-hour jam.
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