LSU will again will serve as a host-site for an international video game design weekend later this month.

Global Game Jam first came to LSU last year. The 48-hour event gives participants a chance to work around the clock on collaborating and competing in programming, designing and writing video games.

The event will kick off Jan. 23 in LSU’s Digital Media Center, where leading game developers will speak to contestants and announce this year’s theme. Another 488 locations around the world will also take part in the Game Jam.

The new games crafted by participants over the weekend have to be turned in by 2 p.m. Jan. 25. A public presentation of the games will follow at 4 p.m., and awards will be distributed at 4:30 p.m.

Participants have until Thursday to register online. The cost is $25 per person, and includes breakfast and dinners, plus a midnight snack. Organizers recommend bringing a laptop computer to the event with the software participants think they will need.