Twenty Computer Games Development BSc students attended and volunteered at the Pocket Gamer Connects event in London on 16 and 17 January 2017, exploring the newest trends in the industry and gaining an insight into the work of a wide range of industry figures.   

Westminster Games students, as well as their lecturers Markos Mentzelopoulos and Drew Cattanach, were invited to attend the annual Pocket Gamer Connects event which primarly focused on showcasing the year’s trends in mobile and device gaming along with providing a space for investor pitches and indie showcases.

The event also offered high profile speakers such as Dr Dave Ranyard, former director of Sony’s London studio and currently CEO of an independent virtual reality studio Dream Reality Interactive.

Westminster Games students got the opportunity to sample all that was on offer at the boutique technology event. A number of them also volunteered to support the show as marshals, further establishing the course and their commitment to the UK’s vibrant game development industry.

Jackie Watsons, a first year Games Development Westminster student, described her first time at the event as "incredible and inspiring to be around so many people involved in the industry”. She added: “I learnt a lot from the talks, as the people were speaking from raw experience and it cemented my aspiration to work in games."

A second year Games Development Westminster student, Blake Montaque, who volunteered at the event, also shared his enthusiasm: "The experience was great, I was able to meet and chat with professional game developers. I spoke with one developer about the future of VR, and also the current issues it faces, our discussion has completely changed my project ideas of what I want to build."

Attending students like Jackie and Blake were offered an excellent opportunity to meet and learn from industry professionals, gain valuable insight into the year’s trends and explore new concepts and software solutions to inspire and augment into their university projects. Most importantly, they took away a greater understanding of the industry they will soon join, following their graduation.

Find out more about the Computer Games Development BSc course at the University of Westminster.



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