London, Tuesday 18 th September: Search for a Star, a nationwide competition designed to highlight and reward the UK's most promising video games students is going into its fourth year and launches in January 2013. The competition spans the UK’s leading areas of higher education (universities, blended learning courses and colleges) and is an excellent chance to shine the spotlight on students studying video games related subjects (including computer science and computer games programming) and also highlight the UK's leading courses.
Created by Aardvark Swift the competition is contributed to by some of the UK Games Industry’s most respected video games developers. Content for the competition is produced and marked by Lizi Attwood – The Blast Furnace and Greg Booker - Headstrong Games. Included in the judging panel are representatives from Rockstar Leeds, Microsoft, Sony Evolution and many more.
The competition process is designed to get students ready to work professionally and give them the first chance to enter games development companies in the UK. All entrants get CV and Portfolio advice from Aardvark Swift, with the aim to prepare them to apply for placements and permanent roles. Up for grabs for the winners will not only be physical prizes provided by Microsoft but also internships at some of the most prestigious games developers in the UK, including: Sony Evolution, Exient and Boss Alien.
The competition takes the form of three stages and mirrors a typical recruitment process within the games industry: technical test, preparation of a demo and finally a panel interview. Entrants are given a real taste of what it takes to make it in the games industry. One of the key aims of the competition is to make sure that all who those who apply gain something from the process and all entrants are provided with feedback on the initial test stage of the competition.
The Search For A Star competition runs alongside Aardvark Swift’s Rising Star competition. The difference between the two competitions is that the entrants for Search For A Star are required to be in their final year of Study. The Rising Star competition is for students not in their final year of study and aims to give entrants industry experience as part of the competitive process and awards placements and internships.
A spokesperson for Aardvark Swift, said: “The Search for a Star competition aims to make entrants more employable, raise their profile and hopefully lead to permanent employment. As a recruitment agency specialising in gaming we are looking to bridge that gap between education and employment, which is where many people struggle to make a final step into the industry. As part of the wider games industry it’s really important to us that the UK’s video games industry goes from strength to strength and students get opportunities for employment.”
Lizi Attwood, The Blast Furnace, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for students to make their mark on the UK’s games industry and take steps towards gaining future employment. The competition spans the whole of the UK and any educational institution can put forward students to the competitive process. The competition creates a level playing field where each individual will be judged by working professionals, who know what knowledge and skills the industry is looking for.”
The competition will launch in January 2013, find out more information and apply for Search For A Star at www.aswift.com/searchforastar/