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May 6, 2015

Video games created by university students are to be revealed at a public showcase in Wrexham alongside the latest games and apps made by eight leading developers from the industry.

Final year students from Glyndŵr University’s creative computing degree are presenting their work at an Initgame Showcase on Wednesday May 13 from 11am to 5pm.

The event will feature opportunities to live test games which students have produced, as well as speaking to them about their work as they prepare to break into the video games industry.

And in a move designed to strengthen the university’s links with industry, indie developers will be represented at the showcase for the first time.

These include Chirk-based OR3D, who will be bringing portable 3D scanners to demonstrate how easy it is to scan objects or people and make instant 3D models of them.

Also in attendance will be Bangor-based Gaia Technologies and The Game Homepage, a business specialising in free-to-play web games which is owned by Gaz Thomas, winner of a BAFTA Commendation at the BAFTA Cymru Games Awards in 2014.

Paw Print Games, of Chester, is behind the mobile games Kami RETRO, Swashbuckler and Battle Bugs and will be exhibiting, along with Quantum Soup.

Ralph Ferneyhough, co-founder of Quantam Soup, has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry working on the likes of the Lego franchise games.

Wrexham-based RareBit Interactive and Waking Alan, an independent game company founded by Glyndŵr University computer game development graduate Jack Harker complete the line-up of exhibitors.

Organiser Rich Hebblewhite, senior lecturer in computing, said: “The showcase marks the end of the students’ three years here at Glyndŵr University and a chance to show their work in public.

“As aspiring games developers, it’s important that we give them the opportunity to gather feedback from people who will, ultimately, be the end users of the products which they create in future.

“The opportunity for them to network with industry professionals is also extremely valuable for advice and networking.”

The event is free to attend and has been put together in association with Games Wales (North).

To reserve a ticket or for more information visit http://www.initgame.org/

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