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Brains Eden 2014 BAFTA Supported Symposium


The atmosphere is buzzing as the Brains Eden Gaming Festival 2014 draws closer. Not only is the festival offering a chance for students to develop their own game, but there will be Careers Clinics, Speed Surgeries and on hand advice of how to progress into the games industry.

This year's Brains Eden Symposium is kindly hosted by BAFTA, with special keynote talks delivered by industry veteran Andy Payne, and Mike Bithell, creator of the hugely successful and BAFTA Award winning indie game, ‘Thomas Was Alone’.

Andy Payne started in games in 1985 working on 8 Bit games titles such as; ‘The Way of the Exploding Fist’, ‘Marble Madness’ and ‘The Pawn’. He has since gone on to utilize his entrepreneurial prowess by founding seven games companies, including The Producers, Mastertronic, Apply Nation and Gambitious.

Andy is an active member of the BAFTA Games Committee and chair of UK Interactive Entertainment. He is also in receipt of an OBE for his services to the Games Industry, including his extensive work with industry charity, GamesAid.

When invited to speak at Brains Eden, Andy Payne responded, “I am thrilled and honoured to be asked to speak at Brains Eden 2014 to the future of our wonderful industry assembled in Cambridge. Youth is never wasted on the young, especially in the games industry”

Andy’s talk will give career starters valuable advice on the importance of innovation. He will use his extensive knowledge of his career, spanning the last 30 years to show that the ability to adapt and to collaborate are imperative skills for those who wish to be successful in the rapidly changing games industry.

Mike will give an account of his journey so far from traditional developer to making it on his own; starting his career at Blitz Games Studios and Bossa Studios, and eventually finding success with a hobby game, Thomas Was Alone. Two years on, the game has hit a million copies sold, and won several awards.

Mike is now working with a team to bring his second independent project, Volume, to completion. Mike will be providing insight into his creative process along with invaluable career advice for aspiring game designers.

If you are not a University participating in the Games Jam, never fear!  Registration for the event is now open to the public, click here to book a place!

If you are a University and you are interested in entering your team for Brains Eden 2014, there are still limited places available. Don’t delay and register your university here to reserve a place.



Event Details
Date: Friday 4th July 2014, 19:00
Venue: LAB 026, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB1 1PT
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