Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is the only college in Wales to have been appointed as a hub for a UK-wide talent programme for budding games designers, where teams can win up to £25,000 to fund their gaming project!
Tranzfuser, the graduate talent development competition from UK Games Talent and Finance CIC (UKGTF), and funded by the UK government, recently launched the call for applications for this year's competition.
It's aimed at higher education (degree level) students, but applicants don't need to be on a games course to take part, or even be currently enrolled at college. This is open to external people as well, as long as they meet the criteria.
Interested teams (each containing six people) apply online, and if Initially approved, will be passed on to college representatives at the Rhos-on-Sea campus, who will fully support the development of the game.
Coleg Llandrillo has the required software and dedicated computing rooms, along with in-depth tutor knowledge and experience. Project leader and tutor at Coleg Llandrillo, Rob Griffiths, said:
This is an extremely exciting enterprise project to support local talent and help grow the industry locally.
Tranzfuser aims to provide an annual shot of top talent into the UK development ecosystem with a particular focus on creative team leaders of the future.
It will give graduates the opportunity to form a team to work on their own game and develop it into a prototype. It starts in June and runs through the summer with each hub putting forward one team out of the number that apply. 10-15 teams in total will be selected from across the UK's hubs.
Successful applicants will be awarded a cash prize paid in stages to replicate the real world of games development. At the showcase event later this year, selected teams will be invited to pitch for follow-on funding of up to £25k from the UK Games Fund to commercialise their game and launch a company.
Deborah Farley, head talent and outreach at UKGTF, said:
Our cohort of local hubs for this year's competition is yet again a geographically diverse network of enthusiastic and supportive centres for our teams to work with.
Talented teams of graduate games developers are in the unique position of working with and benefiting from the wealth of expertise at each of the local hubs. Every year the bar is raised by the teams and we're anticipating Tranzfuser 2019 to be another outstanding year.
The deadline for submission of applications is Monday 22nd April. To find out more about the 2019 Tranzfuser competition, including how to apply, visit the Tranzfuser website https://tranzfuser.com/
Follow the progress of the Tranzfuser teams via the Facebook page, or follow @Tranzfuser on Twitter for the latest information about Tranzfuser.