Posted on 01 July 2019
The first ever Guildford Games Festival took place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June at G Live in Guildford...Taking place over two full days, the festival provided industry professionals with the opportunity to learn from Guildford’s best and brightest, and also showcase exceptional local talent to families and consumers, inspiring the next generation of games makers. Paul Clarke, Guildford College's Gaming tutor, was there at both the Industry Day and the Public Showcase day sharing some of his extensive knowledge. He took some of our Gaming students along with him to the Industry Day; they were demonstrating some of their skills at their stand in the expo and getting involved with the other exhibitors and speaking with industry professionals. Paul was also one of the speakers on a panel explaining more about "Learning to make Games", a talk given to other industry professionals. The panel spoke to a full room and shared their experiences on the topic.
Public Showcase day, was Saturday 29 June, with free entry to all. Aimed at secondary school age children, Sixth form and College students and University under graduates, it was well attended! There were many developers there to talk to such as EA, Media Molecule, Playsport, Arrogant Pixel, Opozo, nDreams and Supermassive games. Also available were college lectures and talks about careers in the gaming industry, which focused on how to start and grow a career in games, including CV tips for those interested in pursuing a career in this industry.
A popular part of the expo was the hands-on experience available in the esports zone with multiplayer games including FIFA, Need For Speed, Minecraft, VR games and much more! AskAboutGames.com were on hand to give advice to families and educators about playing sensibly and safely online. Workshops were also available explaining in more detail what goes into the making of games and interactive content. The festival was brought to you by the Guildford games community, supported by Guildford Borough Council, the UK games trade body Ukie, The University of Surrey, and Enterprise M3 LEP.
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