Game Republic Student Showcase returns on 29th May to the University of Bradford

Tuesday 8th May 2012: Game Republic has announced details of the fifth annual Student Showcase 2012, which is to be held at the University of Bradford on Tuesday 29th May 2012 - the second time the Showcase has taken place at the university in its five-year history. The Student Showcase allows final-year and postgraduate games course students from Educational Partners of the Game Republic network, to display their best work to the biggest games developers in the region including Sumo Digital, Just Add Water and Four Door Lemon, who are also sponsoring the privately-run event.

Last year's Student Showcase featured more than 85 students and 23 projects, and in 2012 this is set to increase as the network now has five Educational Partners - the University of Bradford, Leeds Metropolitan University, the University of Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam University and the Leeds College of Art.

“The University of Bradford is proud to once again host the Game Republic Student Showcase,” says Ian Palmer, Dean of Computing, Informatics and Media at the University of Bradford. “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming our local game development communities from universities and from industry to our campus for this lively event. With the recent announcement of tax breaks for the UK games industry, this is an especially exciting time to bring the local industry and future talent together to help build a strong future for Yorkshire’s development community.”

Game Republic companies continue to sponsor and show incredible support for the Student Showcase since its inception five years ago, including Sheffield-based Sumo Digital, one of the UK’s largest independent games developers employing nearly 200 staff.

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 and full-time employment for dozens of graduates in the north. After the Student Showcase award presentations, there will also be a special industry talk session followed by an evening networking event sponsored by Four Door Lemon.

“Four Door Lemon is proud to be sponsoring the Game Republic Student Showcase awards at the University of Bradford and supporting local talent,” added Managing Director of Four Door Lemon, Simon Barratt. “The competition is a great opportunity for us to check out the best games graduates in the north, as well as give constructive industry feedback to the students and universities on their work.”

For information and a video of last year’s Student Showcase, visit

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The University has a tradition of almost 50 years as a forward-thinking, modern and student orientated university with a thriving and vibrant student community and dedicated teaching and research active staff.   The School of Computing, Informatics and Media is committed to providing innovative taught programmes in the areas of animation, VFX, computer games, computing, mathematics and media that are recognised by industry and professional bodies as well as world-leading research in areas that define the future of the digital sector in collaboration with industry and other organisations, such as Game Republic. It is proud of its student achievements and is delighted to be hosting the Student Showcase again in 2012.  

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