UNRIVALLED success has been had yet again by students from the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield during this year’s Game Republic Student Showcase Awards as they swept the board by winning all of the design-related prizes.
Huddersfield students came top in three out of the five categories on offer and won first prize for Best Art and Animation, Best Games Design and Best Team.
Game Republic is the largest professional industry-led games business network outside of London and each year they hold their student showcase awards at which the University of Huddersfield is a regular front-runner. This year saw a record-breaking 47 projects enter the competition.
Winning both the ‘Rebellion North Award for Art and Animation’ and ‘Sumo Digital Award for Games Design’ were students Aaron Cant, Brad Cullen, Lauren Westcott, Lewis Banks, Oliver McGrath and David Shields with their game entitled ‘Big Bad Bunnies From Another Dimension’.
The ‘Rockstar Leeds Award for Best Team’ was awarded to Indie-Shark games for ‘Bind and Banish’ and comprised of Huddersfield students Adam Fautley, Dean Holland, Nathaniel Waterworth, Raimund Kod, Joshua Fisher and Natalia Miekina.
Dr Daryl Marples, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Game Development (Design), explained how this latest success is not just a one-off as the University has now won Best Team seven years running, Best Design for the last five years and Best Art and Animation for the last three.
Dr Marples went on to add that the opportunity offered by participating and then from often winning these competitions has led to many students receiving offers of jobs in the games industry.
In addition to the first prizes awarded, Huddersfield students came third in the categories for Best Games Design and Best Team and also came second in the category for Best Art and Animation.
Every year students studying on the courses BA (Hons) Games Development (Art), BA (Hons) Games Development (Design), BSc (Hons) Games Development (Production) and BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Programming are given the option of entering a number of game jams including the Game Republic Student Showcase.
To date Huddersfield students have won a roster of awards reinforcing the School of Computing and Engineering’s reputation as a world-class centre for the design and development of computer games, leading to successful careers in the massively burgeoning global industry.
Since the Game Republic competition began in 2009, the University of Huddersfield has been awarded more first and second prizes than any other institution entering the Student Showcase Awards.
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