Once upon a time, the challenge of creating a game in a weekend was enough for game jammers, but the Finns refer to this as 'easy mode'. Each year, to coincide with the Global Game Jam, Finnish participants do something daft, like developing on a moving bus (normal mode). For the 2016 Jam, January 29-31, 20 developers will be trekking out to a cabin in the Arctic Circle. There is no internet, no running water, no reliable supply of electricity. And let's not forget what the Finns refer to as 'kaamos': 24-hour polar night. Details, right?
The jam has been dubbed 'Survival Mode', but to ease their burden, devs will have access to a sauna (because this is Finland we're talking about) and a pool—cut through the ice.
Kuuasema, Frogmind Games, Mindfield Games, Moido Games, and V2.fi are the studios dispatching employees to Lapland to take part in a process I'm calling 'corporate restructuring'.