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Chillennium is the largest student-run game jam in the world, organized by students, for students. Hosted annually by the Department of Visualization, Chillennium is founded, staffed, and organized by students of Texas A&M University. This unique event brings participants from around the globe to meet fellow game enthusiasts, develop their skills, and compete for prizes. Those who participate can compete alone or as a team of up to 4 and will have 48 hours to plan, design, and develop a video game from scratch based on a theme! During the jam, mentors from the game industry will be walking the floors helping participants develop their ideas into amazing games. At the end of the 48 hours, the games will be played and judged by a panel of experts from the game industry and winners will be awarded prizes! No previous knowledge about games is needed, just a passion for creation!
Chillennium 2019 will take place at the Texas A&M Memorial Student Center. It will start on the afternoon of Friday, October 4th and end 48 hours later on Sunday, October 6th. The exact times are not yet determined, so be sure to follow us on social media and check back here for when that information is announced.
275 Joe Routt Blvd #2240
College Station, TX 77843
Registration for Chillennium 2019 is closed. Follow us on social media to keep up with the event and check back next year to join us for Chillennium 2020!
If you are currently enrolled as a student at a college or university, you are elligble to participate in Chillennium. Non-students and high school students are both inelligible.
Participants will be allowed to use any software or programming languages available to them either on the internet or on their native computers for the duration of the game jam. We recommend downloading student versions of popular game development software such as Unity, Unreal Engine, Maya, Houdini, the Adobe Creative Suite, etc. prior to arriving at the event. It is up to the participants to bring what they think they'll need to develop a game in 48 hours.
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Participants will be required to bring a valid ID. You are also responsible for bringing your own computing equipment and any peripherals. Participants will be fed 3 meals a day and free snacks are provided, but you are also allowed to bring your own food and snacks if you would like. If you wish to take advantage of our rest areas, you should bring your own pillows, blankets, etc.; similarly, you'll need to provide your own toiletries for when you shower.
Participants will be required to bring their own computing equipment, laptops, desktops, monitors, etc. We recommend bringing an ethernet cable with you and any other peripherals (tablet, Oculus Rift, Kinect, Wii remotes, controllers, etc.) you may need. Power drops and wireless internet access will be provided. There will be no wired internet at the game jam venue; if participants need access to the internet they will need to bring a wireless device. Volunteer staff will be available to help participants load, unload, and set up their equipment upon request.
Games will be judged by a team of industry professionals, sponsors, and children (age 10+). Games will be ranked on a scale from 0 to 5 for their Innovation, Quality, and Completeness in the categories of Programming, Art, Design, and Sound for a total maximum score of 60. The three teams with the highest overall scores will be awarded the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Best Overall Game. Additional prizes will be awarded to exceptional teams in each category of Programming, Art, Design, and Sound. In the spirit of friendly competition, teams will not be able to receive multiple awards.
All game code and content must be created during the 48-hour game jam period. Though we do not expect all game jam contest submissions to be created entirely from scratch, Chillennium prohibits creating game content prior to the start of competition. If you choose to adapt code or content from the internet, be sure that you make it your own. Derivative work will be recognized by judges and will affect your game's score.
Game jam participants will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have access to snacks and drinks for the duration of the event. Meals will be served outside the Game Jam work zone in the dining area, but free snacks will be available in the work zone. You can still bring your own food or drinks if you want. If you have any food allergies or preferences, please specify this during registration. No alcohol is allowed at the game jam, and it will be confiscated by Chillennium security.
If participants wish to take a break, there will be a staffed rest area reserved for Chillennium; participants should bring their own pillows and blankets.
Participants must be currently enrolled college or university students. Participants will be issued an official Chillennium badge to wear for the duration of the event. Though it is advised that participants stay on site for the duration of the Game Jam, participants will be allowed to exit the venue. Re-admittance will only be granted to those wearing an official Chillennium badge.
Visitors are allowed onto the jam floor, though they must check in with Chillennium security at the front desk to receive a guest pass and are only allowed to stay for an hour. Visitors will only be allowed between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, and are not entitled to any food or other perks offered during the event.