Seattle Indies Game Jam 2018!

Sep 19th, 2018 by Tim Cullings

Seattle Indies is proud to present our second annual game jam, where the theme is selected by YOU!

Registration is now live on our meetup page and here:

The Seattle Indies Game Jam is generously hosted by the Pacific Science Center ( where the theme is decided by our wonderful community! Participants will be tasked with creating a game between 6 pm on Friday to 4 pm on Sunday, in whatever format they choose, while using the selected theme as guidance. Form a team with others, or work solo – you decide!

All participants must complete and pass a quick background check per requirements of the Pacific Science Center since there will be guests present during the jam. We encourage participants to interact with Science Center guests and answer questions about the jam and encourage them to try your games if the time is right.

Background check link:

This event is open to all ages, participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. No alcohol or recreational substances are allowed on site.

This year the Seattle Indies Game Jam will have a bit of a competitive element with prizes to be announced as the event gets closer. We’ll have a great lineup of judges and mentors on hand throughout the weekend to help make your projects the best that they can be and then decide on winners at the conclusion of the jam.

If you are an industry professional that wants to help out as a mentor and or judge for the event we are accepting applications here:

If you are interested in sponsoring the jam please email

The Theme

Seattle Indies Patrons will have the exclusive ability to submit a theme to be voted on and selected by the public! From now until October 12th, 11:59 AM, Patrons of any tier will be able to submit their idea to be considered for the voting round. Not currently a Patron? Sign up before October 11, 2018 11:59 PM for the ability to participate as well!

Visit to become a Patron now!

Starting October 13th, we will open voting to the general public, using a selection of the Patron submitted themes. Voting will close on October 27th at 11:59 pm. The winner and selected theme will be announced at the start of the jam – on November 2nd!

Patreon Supporters will also be receiving a 25% discount code for entry to the jam so if you are a Patreon supporter please wait for the code before you register.

The Event

Stay tuned to this page and the Seattle Indies Discord ( for updates!

Doors will open at 5:30 on Friday the 2nd for you to arrive and begin setting up. Opening presentations will begin at 7.

Pizza will be provided at the close of the jam on Sunday during final judging and presentations.

Parking in general for long amounts of time is expensive around Seattle Center. We strongly suggest participants to try to come in groups to split the cost, or to park further away and bus to the event.


Security will be on site and assisting overnight, which means the Pacific Science Center will be open the full 48 hours with no interruptions. Please note that there will be a specific door that all participants are supposed to use after hours, located on the North side of the Pacific Science Center entering near the Paccar IMAX Theater. More information will be provided at the event. There will be space provided to sleep overnight, but as always, take care of yourself!


As usual for all game jam type events, everyone will need to bring whatever they need to be self-sufficient, including any computer equipment and peripherals. Basic network access will be provided through WiFi and ethernet. We suggest having all of your required software, files, and assets downloaded and saved locally, as cloud services may not always be accessible. Additionally, please try to avoid downloading large files whenever possible.

Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor Amazon GameOn:

Amazon GameOn is a set of flexible APIs that allow you to build cross-platform competitions into your games that drive engagement and increase monetization. With GameOn, you have an easy tool to strengthen your fanbase with leaderboards and leagues, awarding in-game and real-world prizes fulfilled by Amazon, and allowing players and streamers to create their own user-generated competitions.

Seattle Indies is an inclusive and welcoming community for everyone. By attending our events, you are agreeing to follow our code of conduct (