TIGA is the
non-profit trade association representing the UK's games industry. Its annual
awards focus on the best games and companies in the industry over the last 12
months, highlighting best practice in gaming, and rewarding contribution to
LSBU was shortlisted
firstly in the category of best educational institution and secondly in the
category of best education initiative & talent development. The latter
nomination is for LSBU’s collaboration with specialist-technology charity Lifelites, which provides games and game
hardware designed by LSBU students to terminally-ill children in hospices.
considering the finalists for the awards, judges praised LSBU’s strong track
record in research and innovation, its links with industry and other partners, and
the high proportion of students entering graduate level jobs in gaming on
completion of their studies.
The BA (Hons)
Game Design and Development degree at LSBU was one of the UK’s first undergraduate
courses to offer creative and critical skills in video game design, development
and analysis, rooted in a cultural and media studies perspective. Students are
taught by professionals working in the games industry, which enables them to
gain skills right at the cutting edge of industry trends.
Thomas, BA (Hons) Game Design and Development Course Director, commented: “I’m
so pleased that the hard work of our staff, students and industry partners has
been reflected with two nominations at the TIGA awards this year. The ethos of
our course is all about providing highly applied teaching with plenty of input from
the games industry. Students also benefit from the fact that our course also sits
within a broader School of Arts and Creative Industries, right at the forefront
of creative thinking and multimedia practice. This means our students leave us exceptionally
well-prepared for a career in the games industry, and I have no doubt that our
graduates will be stars of the future.”
Several games projects to which LSBU's teaching staff and graduates have contributed over the past year have also been shortlisted for TIGA game awards.
Andy Lemon, Lecturer in Games Design, was responsible for the sound design for Confused Pelican
Games’ shortlisted Iron Fisticle game. Graduates Roberta
Saliani (CEO, Just a Pixel), Charles Ali (Programmer, Bossa
Studios) and Anton
Korubov (3D Artist, Payload Studios) were also shortlisted as finalists respectively for their work on the following games: Light,
Sneak, Hack, Steal, I
am Bread and Terratech.
winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 12 November.