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Published: 3 January 2017 at 13:00

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Anglia Ruskin will host the UK's largest student games festival this summer

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Brains Eden, the UK’s largest games festival for university students, is returning to Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for its ninth year. Teams of games creators from across the UK, Europe and further afield will descend on the university’s Cambridge campus to take part in the four-day event from 30 June to 3 July 2017.

Brains Eden combines a 48-hour games jam with mentoring opportunities with gaming professionals, career clinics, and talks by representatives from leading studios.

The event is an integral part of the international student gaming calendar as it provides a rare opportunity for students to showcase their skills directly to industry, while studios benefit by gaining access to talented individuals soon to be graduating from universities around the world.

Dr Andy Salmon, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“Anglia Ruskin is already gearing up to deliver the best Brains Eden yet.

"The event is unique, as it provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop their skills outside the standard curriculum; it allows teams to work together in a pressured environment – closer to the reality of a workplace – developing their resilience, time management and team work capabilities. On top of this they receive direct feedback from some of the biggest games companies in the UK – there is nothing else quite like it!”

Since it began, Brains Eden has been directly responsible for creating 37 internships and eight full time positions in studios across Europe. The event has been supported by some of the biggest digital and gaming companies in the world including ARM, Guerrilla Cambridge, PlayStation First, Sumo Digital, Unity and Jagex.

Luke Savage, Senior Academic Development Manager, Sony Interactive Entertainment said:

“Brains Eden is a go-to event for students who are serious about getting in front of industry players. We had the opportunity to host the winning team from Brains Eden 2016 at Sony – an incredibly talented team who are now developing their first game on PlayStation.

"I don’t know another event that gives students a platform to showcase their skills, connect with other student developers from around the world, and get hands-on-advice from leading experts, all in the space of just three days! I’m excited to see what the 2017 event will bring.”

Universities interested in taking part or companies keen to support the festival should email brainseden@anglia.ac.uk.