Gaming students to exhibit in Los Angeles

Computer Games students will be showcasing their skills on the biggest gaming stage in the world next week – E3 2014 in Los Angeles.

The world’s top trade show for computer and video games attracts tens of thousands of professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. And the college’s top gaming students will be there, exhibiting their games alongside the likes of Nintendo, Sega, Microsoft and Sony.

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The students have already made their games available on iTunes and Google Play, and are keeping back one special game to launch at the big event – hoping for global exposure, despite their stand being less than a twentieth of the size of these used by the major exhibitors there.

Twenty-three students will be travelling to the expo with their lecturer Michael Warburton, who says it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the young gamers.

“Our students spend a lot of time learning the practicalities of games-making and creating games from scratch, which makes them very advanced in their field. I think we are the only college or university from Europe to be exhibiting at E3,” he said.

“It is the world’s leading event in the gaming calendar with the whole industry there and we will be showcasing our students’ games alongside those of the biggest names in the industry.

“Students will be able to demonstrate their abilities and skills and create a global awareness of the games they have created from scratch.

“This is a huge global industry and exhibiting there is a big step up for our students. We have our own gaming website – Rizing Games – to showcase and sell the students’ games, but this is on a completely different level.”

The CRC students are together paying half of the £5,000 cost of a very modest stand at the event next month – the college is paying the other half – and have raised money through sponsored games-making sessions, cake stalls, car washing and even a non-stop 30-hour Nerd Rage gaming marathon.

To find out more about the students’ games, or to download them, visit www.rizinggames.co.uk

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