LIVERPOOL, England– May 5, 2011– Following its successful application to the Abertay Prototype Fund, Setgo Limited announces that it has been joined by two Graduates through the Abertay Talent Pool to work on Castaways, a social RPG where players are stranded on a mysterious island and must survive, prosper and maybe even escape. The game is currently available on Facebook and will be launched on other platforms soon.
Thomas Finlay, winner of the 2011 BAFTA“Ones To Watch” Award for his work with That Game Studio and a recent graduate of the University of Abertay Dundee, has taken up the position of Game Designer on Castaways and is contributing to the development of new game features, the ongoing improvement of the player experience and the creation of new story arcs, game activities, player goals and items to collect.
“Being part of the team that won the 2011 BAFTA Ones To Watch was a fantastic experience and joining the talented team at Setgo almost immediately afterwards to work on Castaways has broadened my horizons even more. I’m keen to break into the games industry full-time and so being part of such a closely-knit team that’s lead by 3 industry veterans is giving me some very valuable experience and insights”, said Thomas.
Simon Turner, a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, joins the team as UI Artist/Graphic Designer and is closely involved in revising the UI (User Interface), creating new game content and collaborating on defining new features that drive engagement.
“Although I wouldn’t class myself as your typical gamer, being in a position where I can bring my artistic skills to bear on a game that’s played by thousands of people on Facebook is a very rewarding experience. It allows me to learn a lot of new things about the use of art in games that I didn’t know before. My portfolio will also be expanded significantly, which is going to stand me in good stead for the future”, said Simon.
Both graduates work closely with Christian Lavoie, Creative Director, and the man responsible for setting the overall creative direction and visual style of Castaways. Christian said“Having Thomas and Simon as part of our team brings great benefits to both sides and we are very pleased that the Abertay Prototype Fund has made it possible for us to secure two such talented individuals. They are a great addition to the team and we are looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labour in the game.”
Clemens Wangerin, Managing Director, adds“Gaining support from Abertay’s Prototype Fund has been instrumental in allowing us to push Castaways further than we would have been able to otherwise. We also strongly believe in helping talented people break into the industry, especially at a time when these opportunities are becoming increasingly rare.”
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About Setgo Limited
Setgo Limited is based in Liverpool, England and was established in 2010 to build tools and digital content for open, connected and social gaming platforms. The company was co-founded by Jason Chown, Christian Lavoie and Clemens Wangerin 3 industry veterans with over 50 years’ experience and dozens of published titles between them. More information about Setgo Limited is available at www.setgogames.com
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