300 students descend on 48-hour Windows 8 development contest

UK game jam breaks world record

A game Jam taking place at the University of Bedfordshire this weekend has broken the world record for most attendees at a single location.

Organised by Microsoft and Train2Game, 299 students descended on the University to develop games for Windows 8 in just 48 hours.

More than 20 games were created during the game jam, and have been submitted for review to the Windows Store.

Team 22 were awarded as the winners of the competition, and won a VIP trip to Rare as well as a number of other Microsoft-related prizes.

The record was officially adjudicated and awarded by Guiness World Records, with a plaque presented to the students on the final day of the event as recognition for their achievement.

“Windows 8 presents a huge opportunity for developers to build great new apps for a variety of form factors,” said Microsoft UK developer and platform group senior director Anand Krishnan.

“We’re really pleased that the Train2Game students got to use Windows 8 before release this year, and it was great to see them use their creativity to build some of these incredible games."

Train2Game course director Myra Smallman added: “Congratulations to all the students, we’re incredibly proud of them. This has been a wonderful experience and now it’s over its time for us all go and get some sleep!

“As well as being great fun, working with Microsoft to set a world record shows the ambition we have for our students to participate in life changing experiences while studying with Train2Game. We hope that the students will continue this relationship with Microsoft in their future careers as games developers."

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