A day at PLAY Expo Manchester

Our Games Studies students experienced PLAY Expo Manchester at first hand when it took over EventCity earlier this month.

Dr Ying-Ying Law, our resident esports specialist, took her class to ‘the north’s biggest video game expo’ as part of their module on Esports and Competitive Gaming.

Dr Law’s lucky students had a tour from the director of the event, as well as getting to talk to the tournament organisers. They also had the chance to compete in the Smash Tournament, allowing the class to get a glimpse of how a tournament is run and to think about the mini-esports event they will be running themselves in Week 9 of this semester. It’s clear they’ve already learned a lot!

“During the tournament, they spotted a mistake made by the TO,” Dr Law said. “They spotted an incorrect match where a player from the winners’ bracket was playing against someone in the losers’ bracket in a double elimination tournament. I went through tournament rules with them last week – I felt so proud!”

Next stop for the Esports and Competitive Gaming class: Insomnia Gaming Festival!

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Congratulations to all of our students who graduated on Friday!

It was great to see the School of Computing and Digital Technologies out in force for the grand finale of Awards Week 2017. Despite the day starting off a little on the dark side, the sun came out to see lots of our students and staff enjoying the day with family and friends on the beautiful Trentham Estate.

Our Computing graduands were up first in the morning ceremony, where Carol and Kevin Shanahan received the joint award of Honorary Doctor to recognise their work and the thriving local business they set up together – Synectics Solutions.

“Change always equals opportunity for someone,” Kevin told our new graduates. “Major change equals major opportunities, and it’s up to you guys to go and seize them.”

The company employs over 350 people – including two Staffordshire University alumni on the senior leadership team – and has taken many students on placement over the years.

“We’re absolutely delighted that the Class of 2017 are coming to Synectics,” added Carol, explaining that three of this year’s graduates will be joining the company.

staffordshire university awards 2017

Then our Film and Media, Journalism, Games and Visual Effects students took to the stage in the afternoon for what Vice-Chancellor Liz Barnes described as “probably the liveliest ceremony of the week”! Staffordshire-born explorer, photographer and writer Major Levison Wood received his honorary doctorate, and he too had some inspirational words for our graduates:

“This isn’t the end; it’s only the beginning of a new great adventure, which you should be very excited about.”

If you want to relive the moment you crossed the stage, you can view the live streams now on the Awards Ceremonies Facebook page.

Find all the best photos of the day on the Staffordshire University Facebook page.

Now we’re looking forward to doing it all again next year!

staffordshire university graduation 2017

eSports Course Coverage!

Check out some of the coverage about eSports course launching in 2018!

Find out more about what our head of games Bobbie Fletcher had to say in articles from PC Gamer, Shoryuken, The Sun and Games Industry, as well as Rachel Gowers in an article over at eSports Insider.

Riot’s ‘League Of Legends’, currently one of eSport’s biggest titles

With the ever increasing popularity of eSports title’s such as DOTA2, LoL and Overwatch, and a multimillion pound industry behind it, there’s never been a better time!

GradEx 2017

We recently held our annual graduate exhibition GradEx right here at Staffs, taking over huge areas of the university to bring you the most up-to-date and exciting innovations created by our third year students.

Click Here to find out what The Sentinel had to say about this great day!

Vivian Murray, exhibiting her Games Software Design

 

 

Staffs Uni eSports Varsity

On Sunday May 7th Staffs Uni went head-to-head against Keele in a number of eSports titles to determine who would be crowned winner.

With a rise in eSports over the past few years thanks to streaming services such as Twitch & big deal sponsorship, there’s never been a better time to get involved.

Games included competative staples such as Overwatch, CS:GO, League of Legends and Smash 4 amongst others over the whole day, with other events for spectators including a Halo 4 tournament, free to play gaming stations, and a VR demo area run by Overclockers UK.

While Keele may have taken the win for this event, Staffs will be hungry for a comeback in the near future.

For more information about studying eSports and games design, why not come to one of our Open Days?

Games Design @ Staffs Uni

Check out some of the great international coverage our games courses have had in Indian press recently!

“a unique chance of gaining in-depth insight into the industry”

Click the images to read what our head of Games & Visual Effects Bobbie Fletcher has to say about the exciting games courses on offer here at Staffs University.

“Staffordshire University’s Epic Games Centre is an industry sponsored fully-equipped space comprising the best gaming equipment, resources and the University’s world-class facilities”

What Happens When A Reporter Tries Our Latest Games Design Technology?

You may have seen our Games and Visual Effects department in the news a lot recently, with courses like BSc Games Design hitting the headlines.

The Tamworth Herald recently visited Staffordshire University to try out our £110,000 motion capture studio. You can read what reporter Sam Jones thought about his visit here.

Speaking to the Tamworth Herald, Dr. Bobbie Fletcher, Head of Department for Games and Visual Effects, said that the studio “has eight cameras on a purpose-built rig, and we’ve also invested in a Cara facial motioncapture system too.

“This means that we now have the capability of motion capturing more than one individual, like fight scenes for example, and also capture the person/people’s faces.”

As reporter Sam Jones said of the studio facilities in his own words, he was “rather jealous of current and soon-to-be students who use this for their university projects”.

Search for a Star!

Staffordshire University was recently host to games design competitions Search for a Star and Rising Star, with games design students from up and down the country attending the event which included informal mentoring sessions, round table discussions, a networking lunch and talks by established industry professionals.

uinque networking oppurtunites for students with many big names in the games industry

This years speakers included Philip & Andrew Oliver, creators of the ‘Dizzy’ series of games and current founders of independent developer Radiant Worlds giving a history of games and their own personal experiences in the industry, as well as Tim Furnish of Sumo Digital Nottingham, and Liz Mercuri of popular game-engine Unity.

The event was not to be missed by those with a passion for games, giving a unique networking oppurtunity and first hand insight from games developers.

Find out more about Search for a Star by clicking here