Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Lafayette Hosts Global Game Jam

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
337.235.2924 ext 18
AIE Contact:
Madeleine Erhardt
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Lafayette Hosts Global Game Jam
Local Hobbyists and Developers Create Games in Forty-eight Hours

(Lafayette, La.) – The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) will host the fourth annual Global Game Jam Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29 at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) Center in Lafayette, La.

The Global Game Jam (GGJ), an International Game Developers Association (IGDA) event, allows interested developers across the globe to form groups and create complete, playable games over the course of one weekend. GGJ brings together students, hobbyists and professionals to create a game that fits the year’s theme. The theme in 2011 was “Extinction.”

Global Game Jam Lafayette location:
AIE Lafayette Campus, LITE Center
527 Cajundome Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70506
Global Game Jam event time:
5 p.m., Friday, January 27 –
5 p.m., Sunday, January 29

Jeff Pellegrin, Executive Director of the Louisiana Digital Gaming Initiative (LDGI) will be present to assist with the program. “Global Game Jam is a fantastic opportunity for young and veteran digital developers to meet, socialize and be creative,” says Pellegrin. “These teams who will work, program and develop can possibly develop the next Angry Birds or become the next game studio in Louisiana. It’s great for AIE and Lafayette’s regional partners to host this Louisiana Global Game Jam site. AIE can help and assist these attendees to learn new skills and tricks of the trade to master their crafts. LDGI is happy to assist in AIE’s continued development of the Lafayette campus and programs like this event to create a stronger digital media community in Louisiana.”

To sign up for the event, interested designers, developers and programmers must complete two steps:
  1. Register online at
  1. Register at the local Game Jam site by contacting Madeleine Erhardt at
AIE’s Jam site at the LITE Center can accommodate 20 attendees at a time, so while the site will be open all forty-eight hours, participants are required to pre-register and sign up for specific time slots or the full duration.

About AIE

Founded in 1996, AIE is a two-year non-profit training college that offers courses in game art, design, and programming as well as film and 3D design and visual effects. While many graduates are advancing into the gaming industry workforce, many are seeking careers in other fields, such as medical simulations, educational tools, and petroleum industry solutions.

For more information about the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, visit the website at For information about the Lafayette campus, call 337.476.1565.


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