Game Republic showcases the best of the north’s university games talent to the network’s games companies

Tuesday 19th April 2011: Game Republic has announced details of the fourth annual Student Showcase 2011, which is to be held at Leeds Metropolitan University on Tuesday 24th May. The Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for final-year and postgraduate games course students from universities that are Educational Partners of the network, to display their best work to the biggest developers in the region including Sumo Digital, Just Add Water and Revolution Software, who are also sponsoring the event. Last year's Student Showcase featured more than 80 students and 22 projects.

The Game Republic Student Showcase is an essential annual event that strengthens the relationship between games companies and universities in the north,” says Managing Director of Game Republic, Jamie Sefton.“ This year, with universities including Leeds Met, Sheffield Hallam and Bradford on board as full Educational Partners, it’s going to be an even bigger event.

Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in four categories - Game Design, Game Art, Game Technology and Best Team, and previous awards have led to work placements for more than a dozen winners and full-time employment for two graduates. After the Student Showcase award presentations, there will also be a special talk from Andy Brammall, Unity Technologies.

“Leeds Metropolitan University is very proud to be hosting this event, after participating in the competition for the last three years,” commented Bal Singh, BSc (Hons) Games Design Course Leader, Leeds Metropolitan University. “We welcome our fellow universities from the north and look forward to seeing all the region’s students competing and raising the bar yet again in terms of creativity and fully functional games. The games companies have shown once again that they are keen to support this event in terms of giving their invaluable comments and judgment to all of the competing teams.”

Revolution Software is happy to be a sponsor and judge of the Game Republic Student Showcase,” added Charles Cecil, Managing Director of Revolution Software.“ The Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for the students, and as games companies, we get to see some of the best of the next generation of games development talent.”

For information and a video of last year’s Student Showcase, visit http://gamerepublic.net/networking-events/student-showcase 

If you’re a university or games company that would like to join Game Republic or find out more about the games network, please email jamie@gamerepublic.net

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Game Republic

Game Republic is an industry-led games network that supports and promotes the Yorkshire and northern games industry, with members including Rockstar Leeds, Sumo Digital, Leeds Metropolitan University, Just Add Water, Revolution Software, Four Door Lemon, and the University of Bradford. Our mission statement is simply:“More business for Game Republic members.” Game Republic is emerging from its predominantly public-funded past, and from April 2011 is expanding and offering more extensive commercial benefits to its members, developing a more effective membership structure that will include games developers, digital publishers, digital companies, support industries and academic institutions. Game Republic is evolving to become even more relevant and essential to businesses looking for support, contacts and business development in the north of the UK.

Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan University offers a range of creative undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Interactive Media including Multimedia Technology and Games Design. Leeds Metropolitan University has 30,000 students and 3,000 staff and has achieved its best ever Research Assessment Exercise results. The University’s award-winning learning environments include the iconic Rose Bowl building, awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property Awards; Broadcasting Place, winner of the 2010 Leeds Architecture Awards New Building category and the pioneering Carnegie Village student accommodation. Broadcasting Place was also voted the best tall building in the world in 2010. Leeds Metropolitan is one of only a handful of UK universities to have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.

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