Refiguring Innovation in Games (ReFiG), a project aimed at promoting diversity and equality in the game industry, has announced its second international XX+ Games Jam.

Held simultaneously in 7 sites across the UK and Canada, the South West will, of course, be getting involved at Bristol’s creative hub – the Pervasive Media Studio.

“I love the idea of bringing together women from different fields and with different levels of experience”


Aimed at any women with an interest in games, including designers, artists, writers and, of course, those with a more techie inclination, the XX+ Games Jam will give attendees 24 hours to design and build their very own game.

You can find out more about what is involved from attendees at the last XX Games Jam, which took place in London in 2012, in the video below:

At the XX+ Game Jam 2016, any kind of game can be created, including digital, physical and paper – with teams working around a theme, to be announced at the start of the jam.

Constance Fleuriot and Jess Linington, who attended the last XX Game Jam, have since been involved in running games for women sessions in Bristol to try and share the fun of making games. Constance is also now involved in organising the Bristol XX+ Game Jam.

xx-game-jam-londonShe tells us: “I went to the initial game jam in 2012 because it sounded like an interesting and creative thing to do. I am not really a gamer as such – I like solitary puzzle games mostly as I have never had the time to play complex games.

“Bristol is a brilliant place to get involved with indie development”


“I have a long history of working in research and development for mobile tech/apps but liked the idea of making something a bit different in a non-threatening space. We both really enjoyed the event, and there were a few follow-up workshops in Bristol run by Tom and Debbie Rawlings to help us learn how to use some free software to develop our ideas further.

“I love the idea of bringing together women from different fields and with different levels of experience and think Bristol is a brilliant place to get involved with indie development especially – there are all sorts of things going on (e.g. at Bristol Games Hub, VRWC etc) and a women’s games jam is a great confidence booster.

“I’d love to do some follow-up sessions at Grrrl Games for XX+ jammers who want to carry on developing their projects.”

Bristol’s XX+ Game Jam 2016 will run from 6pm Friday 14 October to 6pm Saturday 15 October – but there are only 24 places so you need to apply for a place via the Grrrrl Games website by 30 September to be in with a chance of attending.

Many thanks to Constance for chatting to us about her experience and involvement at XX Game Jam. You can find out more about increasing diversity in the games industry by checking out ReFig’s website. You can also follow them on Twitter: @RefigUK.

Alice Whale