Sheffield Hallam students game for clean sweep of trophies

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Games development students from Sheffield Hallam University are taking their careers to the next level after cleaning up at an industry awards ceremony.

Students from Sheffield Hallam won awards in all categories at the annual Game Republic Student Showcase event, held at Huddersfield University.

The event featured 26 projects, 85 students, and representatives from four games companies judging four award categories.

Hallam students Thomas Avison, Matthew Driver, Martyn Mees, Robert Whitley, Edward Willoughby, Anna Mellor-Meecham took first place in the Game Technology category.

Jonathan Stewart, Jonathan Saunders, Lisa Tran, Mitchell Mellard, Shane Ecclestone won Game Design, while Scott Simpson, Wesley Arthur, Mark Carrigan, Joe Allen, Luke Hobson, Deirdre McGrath were voted Best TEam.

Josh Pears won third place in the Game Art category, and David Ramsden came third in Game Technology.

Two of the games will now be released commercially through the university’s in-house games studio, Steel Minions.

Aspect is a collaborative puzzle game for the PlayStation 3, which will be released later this year, while Redneck Renovator is a destruction-based puzzle game for Android which will be released on Google Play later this summer.

Dr Jake Habgood, senior lecturer in games development at the university, said: “There are some fantastic opportunities in the games industry, but it’s a tough area to break into.

“Game Republic do a great job of giving students the opportunity to show off their skills, knowledge and hard work to employers, and I’m really proud of our students’ commitment to producing publishable products.”