Triple success for games team

The Bounceback development team, Sheffield Hallam students (l-r) Andrew Wiley, Lee Taylor, Adam Kaye, Tom Sampson and Nick Abbott.
The Bounceback development team, Sheffield Hallam students (l-r) Andrew Wiley, Lee Taylor, Adam Kaye, Tom Sampson and Nick Abbott.
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Students from Sheffield Hallam University are celebrating winning a trio of top accolades at the north’s leading competition to find the next generation of top computer games designers.

A team from the Steel Minions development studio at Sheffield Hallam stole the show at the Game Republic Student Showcase awards with Bounceback, a mini game they developed for Sony’s PlayStation

The game beat 25 other entries developed by teams made up of a total of 80 students from five universities and colleges in the region to be awarded first prize in the game design, game art and game technology categories by a judging panel made up of industry professionals from four Yorkshire games companies.

Game Republic managing director Jamie Sefton said: “This year’s Student Showcase was the biggest yet, with a very high standard of entries from all our educational partners. For Sheffield Hallam’s Steel Minions studio to win three first prize awards against such competition was an incredible achievement.”

Bounceback has been so highly rated that it is due to go on sale later this summer and will go on show alongside games produced by the industry’s top developers at the Games Britannia: REPLAYED expo, which takes place at the Magna Science Adventure Centre at the weekend.

Nick Abbott, Bounceback’s lead designer, said: “It’s a real privilege for us to exhibit our game at a public games expo in the same space as the incredible games produced by companies like SUMO-Digital, SEGA, Nintendo and Namco-Bandai.”

Games Britannia at Magna is the UK’s first ever video games festival.

It is targeting hundreds of young people, aged from five to 18, their teachers and their parents.

It aims to celebrate the strength of the UK industry and inspire the next generation of British videogame talent by encouraging young people to gain the skills the UK games industry needs.