Monday, January 23, 2012

News: Games Britannia in Rotherham


Games Britannia, the videogame education festival is moving to the next level this year by taking place at the MAGNA Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.

The event, on July 2 - 8, will celebrate the strength of the UK industry and inspire the next generation of British videogame talent. The festival includes Games Britannia: REPLAYED, which opens the Games Britannia doors to the public for a weekend of games-based learning and entertainment.

Last year's event took place at Brinsworth Comprehensive School in Rotherham. It was the first week-long festival of its kind in secondary schools, bringing a fantastic collaboration of British videogame talent into the classroom and giving Rotherham students a unique insight into the skills, techniques and qualifications required for a successful career in the gaming industry.

The event won the "Best use of ICT to support learning by a Secondary School" Award at the Education and Technology Conference 2011.

It is organised by a partnership including Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield Hallam University, Brinsworth Comprehensive School Academy Trust, Replay Events and UK Interactive Entertainment, and is backed by industry companies including Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

The UK's biggest ever festival for videogame education was launched by Andy Payne OBE, the chairman of UK Interactive Entertainment.

Speaking at the Sheffield Hallam University he said: "We're thrilled to be able to announce the launch of Games Britannia hot on the heels of the games industry's recent success in lobbying for a new computer science curriculum to replace ICT in schools.

"It's vital to our future economy that the next generation become creators of technology and software, not just consumers of it. And it is exciting events like Games Britannia that will help to lead the way in redressing this imbalance.

"UKIE is proud to be able to back an event like this and we will ensure we help to rally the games and interactive entertainment industry to support Games Britannia and together we can make it the roaring success it deserves to be."

Games Britannia website

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