Return to Eden at Anglia Ruskin University

Published: 8 May 2015 at 09:00

Cambridge games festival is back for the seventh year running

Brains Eden, the UK's largest student games festival, is back for its seventh year on 26-29 June.

Anglia Ruskin University will welcome 30 teams of young games creators from across the UK and Europe to its Cambridge campus, to compete in a 48-hour games jam.

The festival, produced by Creative Front, is supported by some of the biggest gaming companies in the world, matching up the next generation of technical and artistic talent from national and international universities with gaming professionals Guerrilla Cambridge, PlayStation First, ARM, Unity and Jagex.

Brains Eden has become an integral part of one of the most important and booming sectors of the Cambridge economy. The city is a hotbed for technological advancement; home to a world leading digital creative hub, with many internationally-renowned games development companies employing over 80% of games industry professionals.

Mark Green, Senior Producer at Guerrilla Cambridge said:

"Brains Eden is a celebration of creativity; a fusion of skills, blood, sweat, and even a few tears, to turn a dream into reality in 48 hours. We love being part of that and never want to lose that passion in the games we create."

Since conception, Brains Eden has grown in size and influence to become far more than a two-day games jam. It offers students an unrivalled opportunity to come face to face with influential industry representatives, pitch their talent against peers from across the globe, be seen by scouts from top gaming studios and find future job opportunities.

The festival will culminate in an awards presentation, awarding a freelance contract to the best Brains Eden Jammer 2015 at Guerrilla Cambridge, along with prizes in the Best Game and BE Mobile categories.

Creative Front, which is part of Anglia Ruskin University, is an initiative to stimulate, incubate, grow and further the creative industries in the Cambridge area.

Clare Green, Manager of Creative Front, said:

"Brains Eden not only looks to inspire budding games developers but through the festival we also mentor, coach and showcase their skills and products to leading industry figures.

"As far as we know, it's the only gaming festival that results in real jobs in the industry. Many Brains Eden alumni have secured jobs after networking at the festival and this year we are working with PlayStation First and Guerrilla Cambridge to award one student with a freelance contract in the Cambridge studio."

Visit the Brains Eden website for more information.