Privacy Policy

Welcome to Global Game Jam Next (“GGJN”) Privacy Policy. Global Game Jam (“GGJ,” “we,” “our,” “us”), the operator of GGJN, respects your privacy and values your trust. We have drafted this Privacy Policy to explain how we collect, use, and disclose information through the Global Game Jam Next website,, (the “Website”), and any of the other websites and online services operated by GGJ that link to this Policy (collectively, the “Services”).

By using the Services, you agree to the processing of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and is subject to our Terms of Service, which governs our relationship with you. Your use of the Services and any information you provide through the Services is subject at all times to this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Service. If you have any questions about our information practices, please contact us at [email protected].

Information We Collect

We collect information in three basic ways: (i) when you actively provide the information to us, such as when you contact us with a question or request, or provide us with payment information; (ii) when event site organizers (“Site Organizers”) provide us with information about participants at the events they host; or (iii) when we automatically collect the information, for example, what browser you are using or other information about your device. You can read more information about these types of collection below, along with other specific information gathered.

Information You Provide. We and our service providers may collect information that you provide us directly. For example, when you set up an educator or Site Organizer account, we will collect basic information about you such as your name, username, password, email address, profile picture, instant messaging username, phone number, address, associated educational institution, and skills. We will also collect any information that you provide when you contact us directly with a comment, question, or request. If you make a donation to GGJ, we will collect payment information, such as a credit card number and billing address.

Information Provided by Site Organizers. Site Organizers may collect data about the participants that attend their events, including: age, sex, and other demographic information. All such information will be collected on an anonymous basis and not associated with any particular individuals. Site Organizers may provide this anonymized information to GGJ.

Information Automatically Collected. We and our service providers may collect or retain information over time and across different websites when you use the Services. For example, depending on how you access and use our Website, the information we collect or retain may include your IP address, your browser type, your operating system, the pages you view immediately before and after visiting the Website, the content you view and access on the Website, and the search terms that you enter on the Website.

Cookies and Similar Technologies. We may automatically collect information using cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies. Cookies are small text files that many websites save on your browser when you visit. These websites access cookies when you return to the site to recognize repeat visitors and to analyze how customers use and access a website. Please review your web browser’s “Help” file to learn how to modify your cookie settings. Keep in mind that removing or rejecting cookies could affect the availability and functionality of the Website. Web beacons are snippets of code embedded in webpages and are typically used to monitor activity on a webpage, collect information, or transfer information to servers.

The Website uses first party cookies (i.e. cookies set directly by us on your device) as well as cookies served by third parties for the purposes outlined below. Some of the cookies the Services use only remain on your device while your browser is open (these cookies are known as “session cookies”) while others remain for longer periods (these cookies are known as “permanent cookies”).

Further information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, is available at the following URLs: and

Other Information. We may collect other information about you that is publicly available, that we receive from third parties and otherwise with your consent, including consent provided to Global Game Jam Next by agreeing to this Privacy Policy.

The Services are dynamic and we are always seeking to improve and enhance our offerings to you. We may introduce new features or enter into new partnerships that may result in the collection of new information. If we begin collecting substantially new types of personal information or materially change how we collect, use, or disclose your data, we will modify this Privacy Policy and notify you as appropriate and as required by law.

How We Use Information

We use the information that we collect and receive to provide you with the Services and to operate, maintain, and enhance the Services.

For example:

To Organize Events. We use the information we collect to organize and promote GGJN events.

To Provide Our Services. We use the information we collect and receive to provide you with the products, services, or information that you request; to provide you with information about the Services or required notices; and to customize your experience when using the Services.

To Improve Our Services. We use the information we collect and receive to improve the Services we provide, such as to better tailor content to user needs and preferences; and by generating and analyzing statistics about your use of the Services.

To Communicate With You. We use the information we collect and receive to communicate with you about our events, Services, and products and services of third parties on whose behalf we may send communications to you, and to let you know about our policies and terms, or provide other notices required by law. We also use your information to respond to you when you contact us.

To Maintain and Operate Our Online Services. We use the information we collect and receive to protect our rights and to detect, prevent, and respond to possible fraud, intellectual property infringement, violations of our Terms of Service, violations of law, or other misuse of the Services.

We may use information we collect and receive in aggregate or deidentified form to maintain and improve the Services and to generate and analyze statistics about the Services and your use of the Services. We may also use the information we collect and receive as otherwise described to you at the point of collection or with your consent.

How We Share Information

We may share certain information that we collect or receive to provide the Services that you have requested, when we have your consent, or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. We do not rent or sell personal information to third parties for their own use except as may be disclosed in this Privacy Policy or at the time of collection.

With Website Visitors. Educator and Site Organizer information may be publicly disclosed on the Website for the purpose of organizing and promoting events. No identifiable information about minor participants in GGJN events will be disclosed on the Website.

In Non-Public Directories . We may publish membership directories and registration lists to a limited non-public audience. The information will only include educator and/or Site Organizer data. It will not include information related to any minors.

With certain companies or organizations that may offer you products or services. We may share your information with certain companies or organizations so that they can offer you products, services, or information that may be of interest to you. These companies or organizations may include: (1) third-party sponsors wishing to contact our community about products, services, and opportunities, and (2) other game making contests, press, journalists, or allied communities within the GGJ community network for the purpose of announcing, recruiting, advertising, and applauding efforts of GGJ participants. The information will only include educator and/or Site Organizer data. It will not include information related to any minors.

Affiliates. We may share your information with Global Game Jam Next affiliates and subsidiaries.

Service Providers. We may share your information with advertisers, brands, and other entities that provide services to us in connection with our business operations and have agreed to use the information solely in furtherance of our operations (e.g., web hosting, mailing services, and payment processing).

Business Transactions. We may share information in association with the consideration, negotiation, or completion of a corporate transaction in which we acquire or are acquired by or merged with another company or we sell, liquidate, or transfer all or a portion of our assets.

Others In Connection With Administrative Or Legal Processes. We may disclose your information to third parties as required by law or regulation and when we have a good faith belief that it is necessary in order to protect the legal rights, safety, and security of Global Game Jam, our affiliates, our business partners, and users of our Services; to enforce our Terms of Service; to respond to and resolve claims or complaints; to prevent fraud, infringement, or for risk management purposes; and to comply with or respond to law enforcement or legal process or a request for cooperation by a government or other entity.

Information You Choose to Share. The Services may contain third party links. By going to those links, you may be providing information (including personal information) directly to those third parties, us, or both. We are not responsible for how those third parties collect, use, store, or disclose your information. We encourage you to review the privacy policies and terms of service of those third-party websites to understand how they collect, use, store, and disclose information.

We may share information that is not reasonably identified with you for any purpose.

How We Protect Information

The protection and security of your data is important to us. We use physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your information. Because no information system can be fully secure, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to or collected by Global Game Jam and you transmit such information at your own risk.

How We Retain Data

We may retain information that can reasonably identify you for as long as your account is active or as we determine is needed for our reasonable business purposes, including to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Children’s Privacy

While minors may participate in GGJN events, the Services do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of 13. If you become aware that a child under your care has provided us with information without your consent, please contact us at the contact information listed below.

Your Choices

Email Communications. When you provide us with information, you may have the opportunity to register your preferences regarding the receipt of email communications from us. If you no longer wish to receive email communications from us, you can click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of our email communications to you or contact us at the contact information listed below.

Information Automatically Collected. As mentioned above, you may be able to set your browser to reject cookies from the Services. Please review you browser’s “Help” file to learn the best way to modify your cookie settings. If you reject or block cookies from the Services, you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Services.

Except as otherwise disclosed in this policy, we do not currently respond to web browser “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that indicate a preference for not having information collected over time and across different web sites. If we do so in the future, we will describe how we do so in this Privacy Policy. Visit to learn more.

Access and Updates. You may access and update some of your information directly through the Website. If you need to access, update, or delete any other personal information that we may have, you may do so by emailing us at [email]. Because your privacy is important, we may ask that you verify your identity before accessing and updating certain information. While we work to accommodate all requests, we may reject a request to access and update information for a number of reasons, including where the request is repetitive or unlawful.

Account Deactivation. If you would like to deactivate your account, please email us at [email]. Global Game Jam will make every endeavor to deidentify any information it holds about you, but we may continue to use information that we collected from you in its anonymized and deidentified form to provide, analyze, and improve our Services.

International Visitors

Global Game Jam is based in the United States. Regardless of where you use our Services or provide information to us, the information may be transferred to and maintained on servers located in the United States, which may not provide the same level of protection for your personal information as your home country and which may be available to the United States government or its agencies under a lawful order granted in the United States. We may also store your information outside of the United States or transfer it to our affiliates and business partners located in other countries for the purposes described herein. By providing any data through the Services, you hereby expressly consent to such transferring and processing of your data in and to the United States and other countries.

Changes and Updates to This Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we do so, we will notify you by posting a new Privacy Policy on this page. You should review this Policy periodically. Your continued use of the Services constitutes your agreement to such updated Privacy Policy.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, or our collection and use of your information collected through the Services, please contact us at: [email protected]