University games jam teams battle for final spaces

Published: 30 March 2017 at 12:00

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Teams from across the world, including China, sign up for event at Anglia Ruskin

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Brains Eden, the UK’s largest games festival for university students, has almost reached its team capacity with months still to go before the festival. So far, 25 teams have signed up from universities across the world, with teams from as far as China descending on Cambridge from Friday, 30 June to Monday, 3 July.

Over the four-day event at Anglia Ruskin University, teams of games creators will take part in a 48-hour games jam, as well as mentoring sessions from gaming professionals, career clinics led by industry recruiters and listen to talks by representatives from leading studios; giving the students the opportunity to forge direct links with industry.

Disco Ninjas from NHTV in the Netherlands received the Best Game award at last year’s festival, winning an afternoon at the PlayStation First HQ in London.

Tim Baijens, team leader of Disco Ninjas, said:

“It was amazing to be part of such an outstanding event. It really is so much more than a games jam – we don’t have many opportunities to show off what we can do directly to industry and in the same breath get their advice on the game we are creating and the career we are hoping to build. Winning the afternoon at PlayStation was just the cherry on the cake!”

The event is an essential part of the international student gaming calendar, providing an unrivalled opportunity for students to showcase their skills direct to industry in an environment reflecting the workplace.

The weekend also gives games studios access to talented students, soon to graduate from universities around the world.  Since conception, Brains Eden has been directly responsible for creating 37 internships and eight full-time positions in studios across Europe.

Universities interested in taking part should email brainseden@anglia.ac.uk – before the last few places are snapped up.