The Wargamer

28 January 2015

Games Education Festival Returns

Will officially launch later in the month, actual show in June.

PRESS RELEASE posted on 14 JAN 2013 9:34pm by The Wargamer

The award-winning videogames education festival known as "Games Britannia" will be making its return this year, with an official launch on the 23rd and 24th of January, by kicking off with a 24-hour marathon of game development and workshops. This incredible feat will be taking place at Sheffield Hallam University, where the main event will also be held. This event will bring together schoolchildren, students, teachers, university academics and game industry leaders to involve young students and children in the world of game creation and development. 

The event will also see the launch of a game designed by students from All Saints Catholic High School from the 2012 festival, developed by Sheffield Hallam students in the university's studio, known as Steel Minions. The game (yet to be named) will be released on IndieCity app store, with all proceeds to be donated to the charity Special Effect.

Festival director and Sheffield Hallam lecturer, Dr Jake Habgood, said: "We're very pleased to announce the launch of Games Britannia 2013. Getting children creating with computers is what the festival is all about, and I hope that having the chance of getting their own ideas made into a game will inspire lots of schools to take part."

Sean Millard, SUMO-Digital's creative director will announce SUMO's backing for Games Britannia, as well as announce the activities that will be taking place at the event at a later date.

What is going to go on during the 24-hour marathon event on January 23-24? Students will take part in a competition to create Windows 8 game in just 24 hours, with experts from Microsoft to be on hand to judge the results. The winners will possibly see their own school putting out a title in 2014. We here at Wargamer will be keeping an eye out to see if a strategy game will make the cut (as it probably should).

The actual Games Britannia will take place at Sheffield Hallam University from June 10 to 14, 2013. For more information and to register interest, visit the official site here: LINK

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