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Design a computer game in three days! We host the 4th gaming festival for young people across East Anglia

Students are preparing to go head to head in a regional gaming contest hosted at Cambridge Regional College this weekend.

The FXP Festival is for young people to gather in teams and design their own computer game from scratch over three days.

The event attracts hundreds of 13 to 19 year olds from across East Anglia, all with a wide range of interests and abilities.

The festival is for everyone, whether they are experienced in coding, interested in the creative concept and artistic side of game development; or have a passion for storytelling and illustration.

Sue Breeze, Head of Creative Industries, said: “FXP Festival was created in 2016 as a STEM initiative.

“It is based on a computer and mobile game design and development competition, for school and college students across East Anglia. The competition is linked to the computer science curriculum and, for three years, has successfully been providing young people with an insight into what careers in the creative digital industry might offer.

“In the first three years of FXP, there has been two competition categories – ‘Concept’ teams design and map out the creative concept of an original computer game, and those entering the ‘Development’ category programme and build an original game concept.

 “New for 2019, the competition is being expanded to include a new category to allow students to develop illustration skills.”

FXP Festival is now in its 4th year and is open to entries from schools and colleges across the region. It is designed for students aged 13-19.

This year it is  held from Saturday 6 to Monday 8 July in the Rizing Games studios at Cambridge Regional College.

 FXP is designed to give computer science, art and design students the opportunity to come together as teams to compete in an exciting multi-disciplinary challenge, which celebrates and rewards outstanding technical and creative skills. FXP comprises three key strands – computer games concept design, computer games development and, new for 2019, illustration.

The festival was developed by Cambridge Regional College and Conscious Communications with support from Jagex and the North Cambridge Academy and, thanks to its sponsors and supporters, the FXP weekend is completely free for participating teams.

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