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Top gaming competitions descend on Staffordshire University

Top video games students will battle to be named winner of Europe’s biggest gaming competitions at Staffordshire University next week.

The Search for a Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star competitions aim to uncover the most promising young video games programmers, 3D artists, VFX artists and animators in Europe and winners will walk away with a job at a top games developer.

More than 800 students from 75 universities have taken part and following two rigorous rounds of theoretical and practical gaming tests, Staffordshire University will host the Code Finals where ten finalists will compete in the interview stage, facing a panel of leading industry judges.

The event, which is free to attend, will also feature talks and informal mentoring sessions from games industry professionals, an academic round table discussion with UK games studios, and a networking lunch for students, academics and industry professionals.

Paul Roberts, Scheme Lead for Computer Games Programming, said: “It’s a real privilege to be hosting such an important competition. It is a great platform to help talented programmers break into the industry.

“But it’s not just important for those competing - this is a fantastic opportunity for students, academics and games companies from across Europe to come together, network, and share knowledge.”

“Our students have a unique chance to meet some of the best in people in the business, right here on their doorstep, and make connections that could help kick-start their careers.”

Several Staffordshire University students will help to run the event and some will have exhibition stands to showcase their work. Exhibitors from major games studios including Sumo Digital, Playground Games, Red Kite Games and D3T will also be on hand to chat to visitors about the industry and careers.

Staffordshire University is a growing hub for gaming and has recently invested in new facilities as part of a £40m transformation of its Stoke-on-Trent campus. Computer Games Programming in particular is increasing in popularity and the course has seen a 120% increase in applications this year.

Paul commented: “The gaming industry is set to be worth £90bn by 2020 and our courses are designed to provide industry ready graduates who meet the demand for skilled programmers.

“Bringing the competition onto campus is a real opportunity to show off what we do here at Staffs Uni and put us firmly on the map as a great place for gaming.”

The Search for a Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star Code Finals take place on Monday 10 April, 9am – 4:30pm at Staffordshire University’s Mellor Building, College Rd, ST4 2DE.

Find out more and register for a free place here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/search-for-a-starrising-star-code-finals-conference-day-2017-tickets-32590603372

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Staffordshire University is a connected university; connected to the need of students, academic partners, business and society. Our newly transformed City Campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent and boasts excellent learning and teaching facilities, good transport links and stimulating social spaces. We have Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education in Stafford and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and have made considerable investment in our specialist facilities.

We have a strong track record of working with employers and aim to be a leading university for digital technologies building on existing strengths in computing and computer games. With our new facilities in Creative Arts, Digital Technologies and Computing which sit alongside our recent investment in Engineering and Sciences, we're creating a strong, connected regional university.



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