What an incredible weekend for Yorkshire! The worlds largest annual sporting event covering the county of Yorkshire and the weather behaving itself to show off the wonderful scenery and the fabulous crowds of enthusiastic supporters. We congratulate all those involved in delivering this spectacle befitting of this fantastic county we know as home.
Alongside the cycle spectacular the Grand depart Yorkshire has of course had a 100 day Arts Festival with some fantastic original art being created and also a Business Festival showcasing the expertise and business opportunities for inward investors.
We were fortunate enough to be invited to contribute to Le Games Jam, a 48 hour challenge for teams of digital creatives to produce a computer game under the theme of ‘cycle’. Yes, just 48 hours to go from nothing to a game that could be played! Remarkably 20 teams entered for this ordeal and convened in centres in Cambridge, Leeds and Sheffield and with the grand final taking place at The Carrigeworks Theatre on Friday 4 July.
Sponsored by UKTI and organised by Jamie Sefton of Game Republic the final saw three teams competing for the accolade of Le Games Jam winner. The teams from Hull, Sheffield and Leeds had all produced incredible results within the 48 hours. An amazing panel of judges was assembled including Kish Hirani of Sony Europe, Ian Bowden former Artistic Director of Rock Star Games Leeds and Martyn Brow of Insight for Hire amongst other notable gaming industry leaders.
After much deliberation the team from Leeds Beckett University – Rhys Thompson, Connor Ogden and Thomas Leach were announced as winners with the judges suggesting the technical achievements over such a short period of time were outstanding. Naturally we are slightly biased as this is a team from one of our partners but we too felt the professional appearance of the game was a highly worthy winner. Congratulations to Rhys, Connor and Thomas and we wish you well with your future careers.