24 - 27 June 2016, 00:00
Brains is back for students from around the world
Brains Eden, the UK’s largest student games festival, returns for its eighth year in 2016, and promises to be the biggest event yet. Teams of young games creators from across the UK, Europe and further afield will descend on Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus, to take part in this four-day event.
Brains Eden is produced by Creative Front Cambridgeshire, Anglia Ruskin University’s initiative to stimulate, incubate, grow and further the creative industries in the Cambridge area. The festival, is supported by some of the biggest gaming companies in the world including Guerrilla Games, PlayStation First, ARM, Unity and Jagex. Brains Eden’s mission is to match up the next generation of technical and artistic talent from national and international universities with leading games studios, providing a forum for students to showcase their talent and for employers to get to know capable individuals.
Brains Eden has become a fundamental part of the international student gaming calendar, and a unique opportunity for academics, industry representatives and students to gather together in celebration of creativity. Dr Baris Isikguner, Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Computer Games Art, said: “Brains Eden exceptionally cultivates a challenging and social platform for our students, giving them the opportunity to test their skills in competition and help develop a strong network with our leading industry partners.”
Having grown in size and influence since it began in 2008, Brains Eden today is far more than just a games jam. The festival has become a place for students to showcase their talent, and has created 35 internships and 4 full time positions in studios around Europe since its conception. A programme of seminars, workshops and career clinics during the weekend also gives students the opportunity to hear from and be inspired by members of the creative digital industry.
Mark Green, Senior Producer at Guerrilla Games Cambridge said: “Brains Eden is a great tool for us to see first-hand what students can do in a time sensitive environment, we have had a number of Brains Eden competitors become an integral part of the greater Sony team as a result. Brains Eden is a festival we look forward to each year; we are excited to see what the 2016 event will bring.”