Student game studio steeled for success

Game development students from Sheffield Hallam University are celebrating after winning a host of awards in the North's biggest games industry-led awards.

A team from the Steel Minions development studio at Sheffield Hallam stole the show with their Bounceback game for Sony’s PlayStation minis format, winning first prize in the game design, game art and game technology categories.

Game Republic managing director Jamie Sefton said: “This year’s Student Showcase was the biggest yet, with a very high standard of entries from all our educational partners.

"For Sheffield Hallam’s Steel Minions studio to win three first prize awards against such competition was an incredible achievement.”

The fifth Game Republic Student Showcase was judged by professionals from four Yorkshire games companies, and 25 projects were entered by more than 80 students from five universities and colleges in the region.

Senior lecturer in games development at the University, Dr Jake Habgood, said: “Initiatives like Sheffield Hallam’s game studio provide a fantastic environment for nurturing new industry talent. How many students can claim to have a published console title to their name at the point of graduating?”

The award winning students have now got their sights set on exhibiting their game alongside Sheffield-based top games developers SUMO-Digital at the Games Britannia: REPLAYED expo at Magna on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July.

Nick Abbott, the game’s lead designer, said: “It’s a real privilege for us to exhibit our game at a public games expo in the same space as the incredible games produced by companies like SUMO-Digital, SEGA, Nintendo and Namco-Bandai. The team is really excited about being a part of it.”

The Bounceback game will be available to purchase on the PlayStation Network store later this summer.

Images show: The Bounceback development team, Sheffield Hallam students (l-r) Andrew Wiley, Lee Taylor, Adam Kaye, Tom Sampson and Nick Abbott.

Notes for editors:

Sheffield Hallam University's Steel Minions studio is a registered PlayStation Minis developer through the University's partnership with Sony. Sheffield Hallam is currently one of very few universities in the UK to have the ability to bring games developed in-house to market.

Game Republic prizes are awarded for first, second and third place in four categories - Game Design, Game Art, Game Technology and Best Team. Previous awards have led to work placements and full-time employment for dozens of graduates in the North.

For information and a video of this year’s Game Republic Student Showcase, visit http://gamerepublic.net/networking-events/student-showcase-2012/

More information on the Games Britannia: REPLAYED expo can be found at www.gamesbritannia.com/replayed

For press information contact: Joe Field on 0114 225 2074 or email pressoffice@shu.ac.uk

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