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Red Fox R crowned Brains Eden 2015 champions
The winning team from UWE were presented their Unity Licences from Andy Brammall
Published: 09th July 2015.
A team from the University of the West of England has scooped the top prize at Brains Eden, one of the UK’s largest student games festivals, which took place from 26-29 June at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
One of twenty two teams competing in the games jam, Red Fox R received the Best Game title with prizes of Unity Licenses for the entire team. The theme for Brains Eden 2015 was ‘Displacement’ and teams of programmers, designers, artists and sound specialists worked tirelessly for the 48 hours of the jam to bring their ideas to life.
Red Fox R also collected a second major prize at the festival, BE.Mobile 2015, for the best game developed for mobile play, with a prize of a tablet for each team member, presented by ARM.
Daniel Weston, Red Fox R team leader, said: “We are ecstatic to have won both top prizes at this year’s Brains Eden. Getting recognition for our blood, sweat and tears over the games jam makes it worth doing. Brains Eden provides an amazing opportunity for gaming students and I would recommend any students to take part.”
Games Jam Best Jammer was awarded to a student from NHTV in Holland, Timo Van Hugten, who will be the lucky recipient of a six month freelance contract at Guerrilla Games, Cambridge.
Clare Green, Creative Front Manager said: “We are very proud of the relationships the festival has with the local games community and for the first time in 2015, the biggest prize is a paid contract in one of the city’s largest games studios, Guerrilla Cambridge. The studio is working on the recently announcing RIGS Mechanized Combat League on Projet Morpheus for Playstation 4, so it will be a very exciting experience for Timo.”
Organised by Creative Front and hosted by Anglia Ruskin University, judges at Brains Eden this year included senior representatives from major gaming companies Unity, ARM, Guerrilla Games Cambridge, Frontier, Cursor, Jagex, Popleaf, Playstation First.
A team of industry mentors, including Brains Eden alumni, provided advice and guidance throughout the festival and 25 experienced industry professionals from top gaming companies staged a series of speed surgeries by discipline to give focussed advice on student’s portfolios and career aspirations, giving students the opportunity to be face to face with some of their gaming heroes whilst gaining invaluable careers advice.
Green added: “The energy and passion in our industry is infectious. It is so important for students to be immersed in this and to meet key industry figures and talk about their work, portfolio and ambitions.”
“For decades, Cambridge has led the way in technology and is a magnet for ground-breaking research, innovation and new products. As a city, we are unique in attracting highly intelligent, super creative people from all over the UK and the world, and our creative industries and games community continues to go from strength to strength as a result.”
Brains Eden 2015 was supported by Guerrilla Games Cambridge, Playstation First, ARM, Unity and Jagex.
For more information on Brains Eden or other activities with our local creative industries, please contact Clare Green, Creative Front Manager via email: firstname.lastname@example.org