Twelve budding games developers were recently given the opportunity to get a rare glimpse into the workings of a BAFTA-winning games studio.
Coleg Llandrillo's Games Development students travelled down to south Wales to visit Wales Interactive Limited - a British independent video game developer and publisher, which was established in 2011 and is based in Bridgend.
The studio, best known for 'Soul Axiom', 'The Bunker', 'Master Reboot' and 'Late Shift', has published over 20 video game titles across 10 platforms and recently scooped the 'BAFTA Cymru Games Award 2018' for its hit game 'Late Shift'. The company also garnered a 'MCV Indie Games Label 2017' nomination. One of its games, 'Infinity Runner' was the first ever PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game to be made entirely in Wales!
Rob Griffiths, Games Development tutor at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, said:
One of the founding owners, Dai Banner, is an old friend of mine who kindly let us into his studio to see where the magic happens.
He spoke to the students, providing them with insider knowledge and tips on how to get into the gaming industry. The students got to ask him a wide range of questions as well getting the chance to speak to his team of designers and developers. Many studios do not let students in due to the legal ramifications, but fortunately for my group, Dai was happy for us to visit.
In his previous role, Rob was part of the design team that scooped the BAFTA award, 'Best Children's Game 2016', for 'Lego Dimensions'.
Wales Interactive Limited was formed in 2012 by co-founders David (Dai) Banner and Richard Prin, who had both previously co-managed GamesLab Wales. It was formed with an aim to create original games that entertain the world as well as putting Wales on the video games map. The studio began, and remains as, a tenant of the Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, Bridgend.
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