About Tinderbox PlayAway!
PlayAway Festival began in 2021 during the pandemic, as an online games festival of talks, workshops, live music and other remote events celebrating games and interactive media.
PlayAway is now returning in 2023/24 as an online festival, as well as a game jam for children & young people based in Scotland!
The festival will include:
online and remote game making workshops
an online game jam from August 2023 – May 2024, where you can upload & share games you’ve created
a live celebration, game jam showcase (in Edinburgh) & online festival in May 2024
PlayAway festival will be returning in May 2024 with a programme of online speakers and events – watch this space for more information soon!
PlayAway Game Jam
WHO’S IT FOR?
The game jam is for anyone aged 10-25, who is currently based in Scotland.
You might have never made a game before, or you might make loads of games – all are welcome!
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
join a workshop
submit a game you make yourself online via our itch jam page
or if you’re a community group or school, contact us about visiting you for a workshop
We’ll be running regular workshops across Edinburgh, and you can see our schedule of workshops here. We have a regular game club which runs for 10-16 year olds on a Saturday morning, and also run drop in workshops for other ages all across the city, so take a look and see where you might like to join us!
WHAT’S A GAME JAM?
A game jam is an event where people make new games. These might be video games or card games, tabletop games or scavenger hunts, or literally anything you can play! Some game jams run for just a couple of hours, but ours runs for almost a whole year: from August 2023 to May 2024.
To take part in the jam all you need to do is submit a game. You can do this on our itch.io page.
You can upload game files if your game is digital, or share photos and materials if your game is not.
We can upload games for you, or provide support, so please get in touch if you need it!
We’ll also share loads of game making resources online – videos, templates and bits of inspiration, so if you’re not able to come along to a workshop, but are still keen to learn more about game making and expand your skills, these are for you!
Or, if your school or community group is interested in running their own jam, or Tinderbox visiting for a workshop, let us know.
Check out some of the pop-up games-making workshops we’ve had already: