Students Achieve Success In The Rising Star Competition

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Two students from the Department of Computer Science have won, and come runner up, in a prestigious competition for students interested in entering the field of computer game development.

Alfred Norton, a third year student on the Masters in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence (MEng CS/AI), beat off stiff competition from around Europe to win the Rising Star code competition. Huw Talliss, a third year student on the Masters in Computer Science course, was a runner up in the same field for a game he produced entitled “Intersect”.

The competition is run annually by Grads in Games, a national initiative to improve the links between academia and the UK games industry. The initiative was launched in 2014 by Aardvark Swift, a games industry recruitment consultant who visited the University of York to give a talk about the scheme and how to get into the games design industry more generally.

The competition consists of three stages: a code test, a three week game creation phase and then an interview of five shortlisted entrants. The final interview stage was with top industry professionals and gave entrants the opportunity to network with representatives from several games design studios.

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