The secret to a great TOJam - our sponsors.
Thanks to their generous support, we are not only able to keep our event free, but also keep everyone fed and happy.
Thanks again everyone, we couldn't do this without you.
George Brown College
George Brown College currently has 22,000 full time students,
150 full time programs, and 3 campuses in downtown Toronto.
Their programs cover all game making aspects including
I wish they had facilities, courses, and instructors like this when I was young
- the space even looks cool!
Students, the ball is in thy court.
GB once again hosted the event. Translation: computers, desks, security, internet, and air conditioning for 280 people.
They also covered half the cost of Saturday's chinese spectacular!
Extra thanks to Jean-Paul Amore, whose optimistic outlook and ability to get things done make TOJam possible.
Did I forget to mention Priscilla Li's attention to detail, and Luigi Ferrara's unwavering support? Nope.
Get Set Games
Get Set Games is a recently formed game development company, focused on creating totally awesome games for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
You may know them for Mega Jump, downloaded 14 milllllllllllllllllllllllllllion times.
You may also know them for Robert Segal. After founding TOJam, he founded GetSet with 3 TOJam veterans.
Rob - he founds things ™
GetSet paid the other half of Sunday's chinese extravaganza - delicious!
Printing costs, honorariums, coffee, admin supplies? Even as costs rose, GetSet covered everything without hesitation.
Still not content, they rolled an old school popcorn machine into GB and popped corn for 6 hours nonstop.
Tessa popped corn, and I cared.
Notebook Empire is located in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Literally a 5 minute walk east of Yonge-Dundas.
Featuring a wide selection of notebooks, genius employees, and all kinds of cables & accessories.
"We strive to make sure that you leave here comfortable with any purchase decision you make, as we are not a bigbox computer store (where you are charged $80 for a $29 HDMI cable)."
Notebook Empire has been providing awesome raffle prizes since TOJam 3.
This year was no exception: Bluetooth headset, Kinect, Fujitsu Lifebook!
That tablet PC was MINE. MINE I SAY!
Employees Chris E. & Chris L. not only jam with us, but save lives.
Powered by the Empire, they're able to fulfill all sorts of last minute requests.
Power supply? Router? Strange Cable? Tablet? They'll bring it in 30 minutes.
Owner Stone Harriman always takes the time to drop by, which is much appreciated.
Mochi Media enables Flash game developers
to monetize, distribute and track their games across the Internet, and enables advertisers to engage with gamers around the world. Mochi Media's network powers over 14,000 games on over 30,000 websites reaching an audience of 100 million gamers.
Making games? Nice. Making money making games with Mochi Media? NICE.
On Saturday & Sunday, Mochi provided much needed breakfast fuel:
St. Urbain bagels with cream cheese, and freshly baked pastries.
There was so much on offer, no-one needed lunch.
Mochi also added 2 Nintendo 3DSes to the raffle, and funded the 300 mega fancy name tags.
We were humbled when product marketing manager Colin Cupp travelled to visit,
joining forces with product manager and Torontonian Emma Cox en route.
They checked out work in progress, answered people's questions,
and handed out free T-shirts and stickers (which quickly disappeared).
Colin posted a quick recap,
and took flattering photos.
p.s. You try pluralizing 3DS.
Fuse is a digital mobile game publisher, helping the world's best content developers deliver great games to casual mobile gamers everywhere.
They help increase a game's visibility using industry knowledge, a proprietary library, a real-time game performance dashboard, an ecosystem of users, and... contact them already!
Take it from someone whose free downloads get overlooked, visibility is a huge problem.
CEO Jon Walsh and Director of Marketing Jeremy Buehler joined us for the final countdown and ensuing celebrations.
They left impressed...
Trainyard is a puzzle solving game like no other.
Draw track for trains to follow - with your finger!
Connect red trains to red stations, blue trains to blue stations, etc.
No time limit or score - it's all about finding creative solutions to ingenious puzzles.
Stuck? Players have provided 1.5 million solutions.
99 cents too high (you cheap bastard)? There's a tasty free version!
Trainyard upgraded our Candy Stand into a Candy Yard!
Chocolate bars, gummies, chips, fruit, lollipops, licorice, granola bars and way more.
Beyond candy, they also provided ten $25 iTunes Gift Cards which became swag for our last announcement.
TOJam's secret? Bribes.
CEO Matt Rix even jammed!
Despite nary a train, his team created an amazing game.
I hate him.
Metanet is an indie game development company devoted to creating fun, innovative, unique games.
They are best known for the amazing N -
perhaps the first platformer to include "real" physics.
Success evolved into N+ on XBLA,
and specialized Nintendo DS and PSP ports.
Metanet is Raigan Burns and Mare Sheppard. Fact: Each one can code and create graphics.
Fact: I have 1/4 that skillset.
They also have a genius senseofhumour, leaving me with nothing.
Metanet sponsored 360 cans of Red Bull,
and copious cases of bottled juice.
Sane or otherwise, they kept you hydrated at TOJam.
As they do every year, Raigan & Mare also visited the jam.
Their ongoing unconditional support continues to inspire.
I stole the N+ codes Metanet provided.
is a recently-formed mobile gaming company founded by Christopher Locke located at Bloor & Jarvis!
They spiced up the raffle with a hefty Futureshop gift card,
and creative director David Waisglass brought style and enthusiasm to the Sunday celebrations.
Dave's a super nice guy, we need to buy him a drink.
à la Carte
à la Carte upgraded Sunday's breakfast into a break-feast.
They tripled our original order at no extra charge -
plus complimentary large jugs of unsweetened ice tea and tasty cookies.
The fact TOJam's right-hand gal
works at "à la Carte" might have had something to do with it. Not to mention Brian & Simon's big hearts.
Autodesk graciously loaned us their amazing Visualization Studio -
conveniently located near the GB entrance.
Easily the most beautiful room we've ever been allowed in.
Thanks to Autodesk's unexpected generosity, we were able to fit 60 more jammers.
We quickly realized the room was actually one giant 360 degree projection screen.
This spawned the unofficial TOJam slogan "Don't touch the walls."