Graduate Level Design Job

Mag Interactive

Alumni student Dan Bishop is looking to recruit a level designer to work for games design company – Delinquent – recently acquired by MAG Interactive. Here’s what they are after:

We have a job opening for a graduate level designer to be taken on full time. The successful applicant will be working on a game for mobile and is in the “match 3 genre” – Potion Pop!

More information about the company can be found here: http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/30/mag-interactive-acquires-u-k-mobile-game-studio-delinquent/

All we are looking for is someone who is enthusiastic and willing to learn.

If you are interested in this position – please contact david.bishop@maginteractive.com with a CV and a cover letter indicating why you are a suitable applicant.

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Student Unity Developer – Opportunity to work in games industry

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Small independent game studio, inkFish Design, based in North London area and are working on a number of exciting projects including a next-gen title called EON WAR developed in Unity.

We need a Unity developer to move the project forward and we can offer one of your prospective graduates a vital first step into the video-games industry, introductions to a high-profile games studio (whom we work in partnership with) along with a wealth of games industry experience to help kickstart their career.

If this is of interest to you and your students please can you make the necessary arrangements to put us in touch with one another.

If you are interested in the post – please talk to one of the lecturers or contact Mario Kolovos from inkFish Design.

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Pocket Gamer Connects Conference

Pocket Gamer Connects

Pocket Gamer Connects is returning to London in 13-14 January 2015 with another spectacular mobile gaming conference and indie developers are very much invited to join the fun.

Created and curated by the team behind Pocket Gamer and Pocket Gamer Biz, over 100 speakers from the leading mobile gaming companies will be coming along to share their wisdom.

And indies will be playing a big part in proceedings. Our Indie Survival Guide track, which will give practical advice on surviving in the indie mobile market, will boast the following big indie names:

  • Rami Ismail, Vlambeer
  • Mike Bithell, Mike Bithell Games
  • James Vaughan, Ndemic Creations
  • Barry Meade, Fireproof Studios
  • Ben Murch, Rodeo Games
  • Anna Marsh, Lady Shotgun
  • Jon Ingold, Inkle Studios
  • Christian West, Christian West Games
  • And more

And as if hearing from those lovely people wasn’t enough, you’ll also be able to take part in a Very Big Indie Pitch, grab a discounted display on our Indie Showcase and meet industry legends face to face throughout the show.

Want to come along? Head to the Eventbrite page and buy your mid term developer ticket now – we’d love to see you there!

IGDA members, login and get your discount code for 20% the event!

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Games Jam 2014 is underway!

Games Jam 2014

Check out the live feeds for Games Jam 2014 at the University. Tweet with #uogGamesJam

http://ct.glos.ac.uk/live/ (Quicktime)

http://ct.glos.ac.uk/live2/ (Flash Player)

http://ct.glos.ac.uk/livescreens/ (Periodic screen grab of students’ screens)

The live feed also works on mobile devices.

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Event: EGX Rezzed 2014

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Photos from EGX Rezzed 2014 exhibition at the NEC Birmingham.

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UNIversal Sport

This week UNIversal Sport has been out and about on the University of Gloucestershire’s Campuses to promote its free week of sport and physical activity that it has been delivering all week (20th-26th Jan) and we have had some great responses to our programme.

Check out: Online: www.glos.ac.uk/universalsport

Facebook: UNIversal Sport

Twitter: @UNIversalSport_

Youtube: http://youtu.be/vEg-T-4_ggk

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Job: Codemasters recruiting for lots of positions!

Codemasters

Codemasters are currently recruiting for a range of jobs! Check out all the job titles here!

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Event: EGX Rezzed 2014 Exhibition

The University is looking to fund yet another Games Exhibition opportunity for students. Any one interested in this one? If so, let us know. We’ll be in touch with students in person to find out their views. Feel free to add comments about this one

EGX Rezzed 2014 Exhibition

Attention gamers, tickets are now on sale for EGX Rezzed 2014! Next year’s event will take place between the 28th & 30th March at The NEC, Birmingham.

For those of you who haven’t experienced EGX Rezzed before, it’s an event brought to you by the team behind EGX London, formerly Eurogamer Expo. EGX Rezzed will boast many of the features that visitors to EGX London will recognise, with hundreds of next gen consoles and PCs packed onto our huge show floor. It’s a great opportunity for you, the gamers, to get hands-on with the hottest titles before they hit the shops.

In addition to playable games we’re planning a host of features including the return of the developer sessions which will see famous game designers presenting their latest projects directly to you in our dedicated auditorium. Meanwhile, the Leftfield Collection will showcase the latest and greatest from the world of indie games.

Plus, we’ll have an extensive board games area complete with demonstrators to give you a guiding hand, a Minecraft hunger games tournament stage and stands selling all manner of gaming merchandise including t-shirts, figurines, posters and more.

Tickets are available now and if you book before January you can take advantage of our 20% early bird discount. Day tickets are currently £9.60 while those of you looking to get the most for your money can pick up a three day pass for £21.60. Saturday and Sunday early entry tickets are £12.80, with afternoon tickets coming in at £7.20 each. Group discounts are also available, head over to our website for all the details.

Information on the playable games, the developer sessions and the rest of the EGX Rezzed features will be revealed over the course of the next few months. In the meantime why not head to our website where you’ll be able to check out highlights from 2013.

Follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page to keep up with all the latest EGX Rezzed developments.

Thanks for reading!

Tom Champion
Features & Community Manager, Gamer Network

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Competition: VIOPE Game Development World Championships 2013

Check out this competition running! A fantastic opportunity for Level 6’s  Interactive Games Design students who creating games in their Advanced Group Project module. The majority of the requirements of that module are the same requirements for the competition.

Click the banner below to read the official rules.

Game Development World Championships 2013

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Job: Microsoft RARE Studios – Focus Group Member – £7.45/hr

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Want to be part of the latest release from the Studio that gave us BAFTA-winning titles like Kinect Sports?

The company

Rare has been running under their current name for 25 years, and previously as Ultimate their legacy stretches back further still. Established in 1985 to focus on the expanding console market, Rare partnered with Nintendo and sealed a reputation for quality with titles ranging from Donkey Kong Country to GoldenEye.

They continue to target top-tier development at their custom-built rural HQ in Twycross, Leicestershire. The boundless opportunities afforded by Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor are Their current source of inspiration, with the multi-million selling, double BAFTA-winning duo of Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two already under their belts.

The Opportunity

We have been lucky enough to be asked to help find individuals to take part in an exclusive focus group to test the latest game from Microsoft’s Rare studio.

Each person will be asked to be part of this unique group for four days in November, December or January and will to provide honest feedback with the intention of improving the forthcoming release.

The successful candidates

All applicants are welcome! Whether you are a gamer or not, if you’ve never played a game in your life it doesn’t matter, as long as you can be available for all four days you’re welcome to apply. You will need to have good verbal and written communication skills as well as be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel.

For more information or to apply please follow the link below or contact jake@aswift.com

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Jobs: Rockstar North advertising 13 jobs!

Rockstar Games

The University of Gloucestershire Opportunities web site has collated some fantastic jobs from Rockstar North.

Follow the instructions below as quoted by them:

Rockstar North, developer of the genre-defining Grand Theft Auto series, are currently advertising 13, mainly programming, positions on our website – register with UGO (University of Gloucestershire Opportunities) at http://ugo.prospects.ac.uk for further details and to apply!

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League of Legends Stepping Ever Closer To An Accepted Sport

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For anyone unfamiliar League of Legends, it is the most popular online game with 32 million active players as of earlier this year.

League of Legends its 4th season, with the Season 3’s finale featuring tonight: Korea’s SK Telecom T1 vs China’s Royal Club. The teams will compete for the first place prize of $1,000,000 and the loser taking home a respectable $250,000. The tournament featured 14 teams from across the globe as well as a $2,000,000 prize fund. The finals are being held at The Staples Center, with a sold out crowd of approximately 17,000.

League of Legends World Finals Stage

League of Legends World Finals Stage

League of Legends currently has a “Premiere” League in Europe, America, China, Taiwan and Korea. 8+ Teams compete in a weekly League fighting for $100,000 per split (8 weeks), as well as securing a place in the world finals at the end of the season (1 year).

Before now, the only way for teams to qualify for the Premiere League in Europe and America, was in a 32 team knockout bracket with only the highest ranked teams on the ladder participating. However, today Riot Games has announced that there will be a new “Challenger” League below the Premiere League (!) with headline sponsor Coke Zero.

League of Legends is becoming more and more socially accepted as a real sport and even super star athletes, like NFL’s player Chris Kluwe who spoke to Riot Games, recently gave their opinion on how Esports is growing into a real sport. LoL and NFL.

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Pciture of The sold out Staples Centre ~15,000

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Cheltenham Fighting Games Club

Fighting Games Club

Think you’ve got what it takes to beat-em-up?! Think you’re the master at ultimate combo moves? Want to have a button-bashing-bonanza-of-a-time!?

Warren Francis, official organiser of the Cheltenham Fighting Games Club, has the official go-ahead from the Student’s Union to host a selection of fighting game tournaments, in the Student Union’s Bar.

Multiple XBOX 360 and PS3 set ups will be in place. Please bring your own arcade sticks / game pads for whichever system you wish to play on (spares will be available – but no guaranteed access if already in use).

Also, if you have any games of a similar nature, feel free to bring them along and challenge the rest of audience… Could you be the reigning champion for one of the game titles below?

  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
  • Soul Calibur 4 and 5
  • Street Fighter X Tekken

Official start date of the club is on:

Friday 27th September from 10:30AM to 4:30PM

Followed by:

every Friday from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Location:

Student Union Bar, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH

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Event: MCM – COMIC CON – London – 25th to 27th October

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The School of Computing and Technology are looking to organise a field trip event to COMIC CON 2013. The event showcases a Games Expo in particular. However, there’s a range of stalls / merchandisers from around the UK and beyond – a chance to locate hard to find items or get some great discounts. More information about what to expect can be found here (scroll to the bottom for a summary).

Here’s a video showreel of the previous years of COMIC CON (click image to play):

Comic Con Video

The event takes place on the 25th to 27th October 2013 at Excel, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL.

The University will be looking to head down for Saturday 26th October 2013 only. Tickets are £16.50 (advanced bookings only!), otherwise £20 on the day! Further details regarding ticket prices should you wish to attend more days are available here.

Transport costs can be subsidised by the University (within reason!).

Paul O’Brien, Zayd Junglee and Lewis Payne have already committed themselves to this event, and based on word of mouth so far – a range of students from all levels have also expressed a keen interest in attending.

If you are interested, please reply to this post with your name and we’ll be in touch with more information closer to the time of the event.

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Job: Creative Skillset Trainee Finder – Industry opportunities for students and alumni

This message should be highly profited upon for those interested in getting a foot in the industry!

Read on to find out how Creative Skillset can help you:

Creative Skillset Trainee Finder

Creative Skillset would like to let you know about an exciting opportunity for your students and alumni to take part in a scheme which could lead to a first step into their industry of choice.

We would like to make your students and alumni aware of Trainee Finder, our new training placement scheme for the film, TV, animation and games industries. We want them to bring their passion and talent to the industry and to give them the chance of getting excellent practical experience.

We are particularly interested in recruiting students and alumni from Ticked courses, who will be eligible to apply as long as they have had less than 12 months paid industry experience.

Please note that students must have graduated within the last 18 months or be able to provide two industry references.

If your students apply and are successfully accepted onto the scheme they will go onto a database that companies can access and they may receive an offer of a training placement in their chosen industry – a vital first foot in the door. All our placements attract a training allowance to cover the trainee’s cost of living whilst they train – and the training will be coming directly from industry so it couldn’t be more relevant.

This scheme is great news for those courses accredited with the Creative Skillset Tick and a brilliant opportunity for students to get experience of industry as soon as they graduate.  I would be grateful if you could promote this to your students and alumni and look forward to seeing this bright new talent embarking on their careers.

For more details please visit their website – www.creativeskillset.org/traineefinder

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Ruth Brooks – ruthnb@creativeskillset.org – quoting the CT web site, as the location you heard this from.

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Need some app. development guidance?

Apps. are the big thing right now, wouldn’t you say? But how do you actually design them?

Those taking on any modules related to App Development – you may be interested in the following resources to guide your users in the right direction (as well as your technical abilities!).

Check out these infamous guides to help you along the way.

One for Android:

Android Devices

 

And one for iOS (PDF version):

iOS Human Interface Guidelines

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GamesLab sharing their one million pound programme, expertise and grants for emerging and established games companies in the South West

GamesLab are offer 2 rounds of Funding, each aimed at facilitating a Project at a different point in it’s development cycle.

Round 1, The Development Fund, is available for SME’s to apply for Grants between £10,000 and £50,000 to completely develop a new Game IP for commercial release. The Development Fund is open now for applications.

Round 2, The Prototype Fund, will be available for Start-Ups to apply for a Grant upto £10,000 to develop a Prototype, ready to pitch for further outside investment. The Prototype Fund will open in Q2 2014.

Graduates – this is an excellent chance to establish your skillset and build on the many innovative ideas you have.

Read more at the following link to apply.

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Job: Warner Bros looking enthusiastic Games Demonstrators to represent Warner Bros Interactive Games at the Eurogamer Expo

Warner Bros Interactive Games

An excellent opportunity for any game enthusiast looking to showcase their knowledge about games and get paid for it!! Just in case you need to brush up your knowledge about the games they have been involved with – refer to the following list at IGN’s web site:

IGN

http://uk.ign.com/companies/warner-bros-interactive

We are looking for enthusiastic Games demonstrators to represent Warner Bros Interactive Games at the Eurogamer Expo on 26th – 29th September 2013 at Earls Court, London.

If you are interested, or if you have a friend or relative who is a competent gamer and would like to work at this exciting event we would like to hear from you or them.

Candidates will be paid for their time and should be aged 18 or above as some of the games at the Expo will have a rating of 18+.

We will be holding an assessment centre on Thursday 5th September 2013 and a training day on Monday 16th September 2013 and candidates must be available to attend both of these days as well.

Applicants should email a copy of their C.V. with contact details to warnerbros@carlislems.co.uk.

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Job: DMC looking for a Flash guru to create two Flash Games

DMC

Toby Pedder, Marketing Coordinator at DMC is recruiting a vibrant and competent individual to develop two Flash games:

1. A driving style game – 2D viewing from a side-on angle.

2. A ‘treasure hunt’ style game

This is an excellent opportunity for you to make use of those Flash skills of yours!

More information can be found in the attached PDF.

E-mail Toby if you are interested in applying for these projects.

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Got a 1st or 2(i)? Fancy doing a funded PhD in Queensland, OZ?

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3 year PhD scholarship in Interactive Media (Computer Games, Apps, Social Media and Artworks).

The PhD candidate will conduct research and develop interactive technologies such as computer games, smartphone and tablet applications, social media and artworks, where users can become involved, informed and inspired to change the world.

A great opportunity to work with Engage Research Lab www.engageresearch.org , an industry award winning team at the University of the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia.

For more information see attached flier or visit  http://www.usc.edu.au/study/scholarships/research-students#media Closing date: 2 August 2013

Prof Christian Jones: cmjones@usc.edu.au

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