Fast work at the UKie GameJam

Computing students from the University of Brighton pitched their skills against teams from across the UK in a marathon 30-hour student game jam this week.

Based on the theme ‘change’ five teams of first and second year students from Computer Science for Games and Digital Games Development took part in the event organised by UKie (UK Interactive Entertainment, the trade body for the UK’s games and interactive games industry).

Our teams had just 30 hours to work together to create a game based on the theme ‘change.’ Game jams are rapid development sessions which get participants thinking on their feet under severe time pressure while working together in small teams. It’s great experience and brilliant for portfolios as taking part in game jam’s is highly valued by employers in the games industry.

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Lecturers Richard Leinfellner and Panagiotis Fotaris set up a special bootcamp training session for our teams ahead of the jam. Sandy Lockie and Rebecca Richards, mentors from local company Wish Studios as well as Richard and Panagiotis were on hand to support our teams at the actual event. And UKie provided pizza to help keep the creativity flowing.

It was the first time students from Brighton have taken part in the UKie game jam and they did us proud. Each team managed to submit a completed game which is no mean feat and left Sandy and Rebecca from Wish Studios impressed.

“They’ve all got something which is amazing for a game jam. There are real diverse and interesting ways of interpreting the change brief. It’s been a lot of fun”, Rebecca Richards, Wish Studios.

“It’s been really nice seeing that even though they are separate teams and they are competing they’re also collaborating. They’re making sure all the other teams have every discipline that they need, helping out with tech issues. Everyone’s got the workstations they need and the tools and software they need so they’ve just been able to get on with making the games that they want. Every team’s got a unique idea”, Sandie Lockie, Wish Studios.

Winners from the event will be announced in early November.

If you are a Computer Science for Games or a Digital Games Development student you can now become members of UKie through our school, giving you access to a host of benefits, discounts, events, networking opportunities and resources exclusive to UKie student members.

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