GCU to support major UK games competition

31 January 2017

GCU to support major UK games competition

GCU will be one of the local hubs operating in the West of Scotland.

For the second year, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will support and participate in Tranzfuser; a major computer games competition funded by the UK Government.

The University will be one of the local hubs operating in the West of Scotland for the innovative talent development programme, which launched last year and was created by UK Games Talent and Finance CIC. Organisers are currently seeking applicants to the 2017 competition.

In 2016, 18 teams from across the UK took part in the first ever Tranzfuser competition, all working with a £5,000 prize to develop their prototype. They included Curvish – a team based at GCU who went on to showcase their project at the prestigious EGX video games festival in Birmingham, attended by over 75,000 gamers.

During the show, a team of industry judges shortlisted the best games to compete for grants from the UK Games Fund to develop commercial prototypes and, ultimately, Curvish walked away with £25,000 to do just that.

GCU Lecturer in Computer Games Software Engineering, and Tranzfuser liaison, Hamid Homatash said: “On a personal level, I love being involved in the games creation process and also helping others, too. Tranzfuser has offered me the chance to be involved in something I would have loved to take part in as a graduate. As a university, our involvement in Tranzfuser and the success of team Curvish is testament to the excellence we can achieve at GCU.

“I’m pleased that GCU will again be on hand for competitors with advice from games industry professionals and continual feedback on any part of their games and the creation process. What’s more, the teams will be able to take advantage of all of this in a dedicated studio space with access to computers ranging from mobile devices to Virtual Reality.” 

Designed to provide a platform for creative leaders of the future, Tranzfuser is aimed at graduates looking to break into the games development industry, with a strong focus on getting their game to market.

Lead applicants to Tranzfuser 2017 have an opportunity to project manage the teams that they form for the Tranzfuser journey and win funds from the UK Games Fund.

Applications for Tranzfuser close at 12pm on February 27. For more information, visit http://tranzfuser.com/