Posted: Sun 30th Oct 2022

Aspiring video game creators showcase their work at a major industry event for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Oct 30th, 2022

Aspiring video game creators at Wrexham Glyndwr University have showcased their work at a major industry event. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Seven teams exhibited their games at EGX London as part of the annual Games Talent Wales programme – five of which were from WGU – which aims to help final year students start their own companies. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Games Talent Wales, which was founded in 2018, is a Welsh Government-funded initiate run in partnership with WGU, the University of South Wales and Tranzfuser. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The grassroots development programme provides a blend of mentoring and development grant funding to give students a platform to succeed in what has become a hugely competitive field. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Glyndwr student Ryan Davies, a member of Far Away from Failure Games, said the event had been “life-changing”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It was great gaining insight into the industry we’d be a part of one day. Just to be given the opportunity by Game Talent Wales to be part of a huge event and work alongside industry leading professionals and begin to network with these developers/publishers was amazing,” he added. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As a second-year game development student the experience was a great motivator for me personally for the remainder of my studies. Forming a company and demonstrating our game in such a public way, gathering key feedback has been a crucial step forward for our company and has definitely benefited us.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rich Hebblewhite, Programme Leader for Game Development, Game Design & Enterprise and Game Art, said the event had been a great success.
He added: “It was a great showcase for the students’ work as there were more than 100,0000 people at the exhibition, including many games industry representatives.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rich added that the programme is set to expand to 12-15 teams from next year, and will also accept applications from anyone with an independent games company. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Our idea from the outset has been to create a support programme that brings together student start-ups from across the country to create a sustainable and thriving community of game developers where the focus is on developing business skills, sharing best practise and promoting a code of ethical game design. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The mission has always been to provide opportunities for graduating students across Wales and to support them in establishing creative, dynamic and sustainable games companies. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Expanding our intake to what is already an extensive programme will mean that more creators can benefit from the opportunities we offer, which can only be a good thing for the industry in Wales.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

To learn more about taking the first steps to a successful career in the video games industry, visit the university website. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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