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Peterborough, Ontario – January 16, 2017 – Armed with the knowledge that more than half of Canadians identify themselves as ‘gamers’, the PTBO Game Jam is returning to Peterborough this February to bring together seasoned developers, students entering the industry, hobbyists and enthusiasts alike.
Set for Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Fleming College’s Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre, PTBO Game Jam 02 will showcase the unique talents of game developers, both local and from across Ontario, with the goal of engaging the community with the video game industry – an estimated $84 billion industry which is predicted to top the $100 billion mark come 2019.
PTBO Game Jam 02 details will be provided to the media Thursday, January 19, 2 to 3 p.m., at Gotta Havva Pizza, 1524 Lansdowne Street West (Unit 4) in Black Diamond Plaza. Food and refreshments will be provided with event organizers present for interviews.
Hosted by Peterborough-based game development studio dotBunny, PTBO Game Jam 02 will see game developers – programmers, designers, artists and others in game development-related fields – plan, design and create games in a specified time frame with prizes awarded for the top team and individual efforts.
In addition, PTBO Game Jam 02 will present an event-opening educational component for participants. Featured will be Robert French, who will lead a seminar on the steps and process involved in making Pac-Man, and Angela Hopewell of IBM Canada, who will talk on the role IBM can play in the game development process for developers, both new and seasoned.
PTBO Game Jam History
With the goal of fostering a local game development community and benefiting future generations of game developers, Matthew Davey, the founder of Peterborough-based game development studio dotBunny, organized and hosted the inaugural not-for-profit PTBO Game Jam 01 in August 2016 at the Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront.
Based on the overwhelming response to, and success of, that initial foray, plans were made to host a follow-up event in early 2017. To that end, Davey has assembled a stellar team of industry professionals working together towards the continued success of the PTBO Game Jam to the benefit of the industry as a whole as well as participants. With close to 20 sponsors backing PTBO Game Jam 02, it’s clear their efforts continue to pay a huge dividend as it eyes the hosting of future events.