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Toronto Game Jam is a FREE, annual, open-to-the-public event where the craziest game makers in the world gather for a 3 day game making binge. Weiss, Webster, Kupferman, Creighton, and Woo explain things best. We're a pressure cooker that strengthens (or destroys) friendships, produces amazing games, and breeds goats.

TOJam Thirteen takes place May 4 - 6, 2018 at George Brown College (we love those guys!!!). Registrations open March 28, 9am. Watch this space and @torontogamejam.

Contact if puzzled or overwhelmed.
Happy Valentojam
Feb 14, 2018 2:50pm

Art Credit: Tabby Rose

TOJam 13 will be held May 4 - 6, 2018 at the lovely and talented George Brown College!

Mother's Day and TCAF are spared ONCE AGAIN! The registration page will go live March 28 (Wed) at 9am. Right after GDC, and way before your OMDC IDM Fund deadline. It's the perfect time to register. Wait... did we just announce when the registration page will go live? Have we finally lost it?!

After so many years, George Brown has learned how awesome and trustworthy the game making community is. As a result, they've given us 7 more classrooms to fill this year! Science says we should be able to fit SEVEN HUNDRED JAMMERS.

Not a typo.
Not a theme.
200 more than last year.
We're as shocked as you.
TOJam 13 Begins
Jan 24, 2018 4:07pm
The lovely and talented organizers are busily working on TOJam 13. History has shown the date will be the first or second week of May. Registrations will likely open late March. More info as we have it. In the meantime, take care of yourself!

As you can see, money that would be spent on a modern website continues to be poured into the Jam itself. We're fast becoming Space Jam
Dork Shelf, Jake and Let's Plays
May 22, 2017 11:45pm

Photo Credit: Paul Hillier

Of course you read Dork Shelf because you're not an idiot fabulous. They review films, comics and games with uncommon honesty and thoughtfullness. I'm an uabashed fan of Eric Weiss, who wrote the only decent review of No Man's Sky. Despite odds, Dork Shelf continues to cover the entire Toronto Gaming scene - they're freaking heroes. This year, Eric Weiss covered Jarryd Huntley's border troubles, and Christopher Demelo uncovered the rest - including the fact that veteran jammer Michael Patoine survived cancer last year. So glad Michael was able to come back and jam this year. His team created Show OFF!, a quick, unique, story driven game where you attempt to sabotage a play. When your best plans backfire, the writing will make you smile.

Jake Butineau is an award winning composer that floated at this year's TOJam. He worked with 4 teams, and apparently none of them were able to finish a game! Rather than dwell on this depressing outcome, Jake has placed the 7 music tracks he created on SoundCloud for all to hear. Some fabulous work (I love "Prospect of Failure - Main Theme") that will hopefully find a home someday.

The Internet is playing TOJam games! GameDev Cafe played "Crime and Punishment", "Escargolf", "The Peak", "Tanks for the Memories", "Recipe GIF" and Jelly Jelly". She returned to fully climb The Peak, experienced an existential ending, leading to a long forgotten poem. Whit played "Dying Light", "Snackoil Salesman", "Disappointing Your Dad", and "The Best Worst Gift". The hosts and the games highly entertaining. Also, 4-time TOJammer Andy Wong casually covered TOJam producing the best synopsis of our event that I've ever seen.

Finally got around to updating the TOJam 11 game page, highlighting games that I've heard about. Should I have heard about more? Let me know.
TOJam: What Twelves Below FINISHED!
May 11, 2017 1:40am

Photo Credit: Paul Hillier

Thanks so much for attending! If we weren't able to confirm you, our apologies and remember you'll be first in line next year.

After 12 years, TOJam is now a well oiled machine. This year's adventures included a stolen pair of shoes (quickly found), a beautiful floor three (thanks GB ESL!), and a sleeping jammer blocking a doorway. If that doesn't say success, what does?

The games can be found here (thanks again itch.io!), but that list won't be complete until May 14. I heard rumours of a VR skyscraper window washer game, where the controller was a literal squeegee. I saw players in an HTC VIVE controlling a real drone. Luckily no-one died. Currently I recommend playing The Peak (do NOT watch the video beforehand). More recommendations coming...

Brendan Lynch took these fabulous portraits! He's been doing this for 11 years, and man do we look good. In real life, Brendan has built FindNext which you should install on your iPhone/iPad right now. Failed searches lead to conversations with people to find what you want "Crowd Search". It's WILD.

Paul Hillier is a professional photographer who once again captured TOJam! Paul's photos are always amazing, especially considering the adversarial lighting conditions. When not making time for us (no idea how he does it), Paul can be found taking pictures of truly epic cosplays, cityscapes that will take your breath away, and the occasional Justin. If you ask nicely, he might photograph your wedding which makes me extremely jealous.

Also, as you can tell by Paul's photo, we have the BEST volunteers!
Submitting your game
May 11, 1:40am
Once again, this year we're using itch.io as our game submission portal! Please read our step-by-step instructions below, or email Alex (alex@tojam.ca) if you have questions or issues.

  1. Login to (or register) an itch.io account
  2. Upload your game and be sure to mark it as Public
  3. Go to the jam page: https://itch.io/jam/tojam-12
  4. Click "Add Game"
  5. Select your game and fill in the TOJam-specific details like team name, members, floaters, etc.
  6. Click Submit
Submissions close Sunday May 14th, 2017 so upload your game ASAP!

A big thank you to @moonscript for this system.
Sponsor Spotlight    May 2, 1:00am

All the free food, drink, prizes, and happiness is no accident. It's provided entirely by our generous sponsors who allow us to punch above our weight. Take a minute to read about the amazing things they do (besides supporting us)! Here's the summary:

Digital Extremes
Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

George Brown College

Ubisoft Toronto

Asteroid Base
DrinkBox Studios
Humber College
Metanet Software
Reptoid Games
Uken Games

Axess Print
Blot Interactive
Chop Shop Goods
Fractal Phase
Good View
MDV Grillustrator
Milkbag Games
Mill Valley Trophies
Parker Pad

Theme announced!    Apr 28, 11:00am
TOJam: What Twelves Below's theme is here, and it's... a bit of a let down??

Prepare for disappointment.
Registration finally Closed!
Apr 8 12:25am

Photo Credit: David Pearson

That was intense. 540+ people have registered, and we have ~400 spots (working on more). We will confirm registrations by Friday April 21st, 11:59pm. If you get confirmed, and can't attend, please e-mail alex@tojam.ca so we can give the spot to someone else. You can view existing registrations here to check if your teammates have joined you. E-mail jim@tojam.ca or @torontogamejam if you have any questions.
Woooooahhhhh... we're halfway there
Apr 3 6:40pm
~240 people have registered! We're grateful people still make time for this nutty event. And now... without further ado... may I humbly present... Bon Jovi
Registration finally OPENED!
Apr 3 1:30am

Photo Credit: David Pearson

While you were sleeping we sneakily took registrations live! Registrations close THIS Friday April 7, 11:59pm. We will confirm registrations by Friday April 21st, 11:59pm. You can view existing registrations here to check if your teammates have joined you. E-mail jim@tojam.ca or @torontogamejam if you have any questions.
Houdini Indie license
Mar 24 12:45am

Toronto based SideFX is offering a 3-month indie license of their procedural gamedev tool Houdini to everyone that attends TOJam. Houdini allows you to create 3D content QUICKLY, making it a perfect fit for the jam. You use the Houdini editor to procedurally generate 3D models, then use the Unreal/Unity plug-in to import them (changes in Houdini automatically update Unreal/Unity). This video explains it best. Learning how to use Houdini now will make you a content generating force. Click here to apply (we'll confirm eventual registrations with Houdini).
Registration slightly delayed
Mar 24 12:26am
Apologies for the slight delay. Jimmy McG needs just a few more days to get the registration form ready for your discerning eyes. You might ask yourself, how hard could that be? You've been doing this for 12 years. The answer is... not hard at all.
TOJam: What Twelves Below ... has dates!
Feb 16, 4:00pm
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
We know it's nowhere near Valentine's Day anymore,
But please accept this announcement and box of half-priced chocolate instead :D

TOJam 12 will be held from May 5 - 7, 2017, returning to the always awesome George Brown College!

For once Mother's Day is spared!

Wondering about Registration? (Yeah you are.) Take a deep breath: it isn't open yet, but it will be going live on March 22. Mark your calendars!

Don't forget to follow our Twitter feed for info and cool stuff!