Moray student crowned winner of gaming contest

Corrie Green, winner of the Moray Game Jam with judge Brian Baglow

A Moray student has been crowned the winner of national contest to create a new computer game.

Corrie Green, who is studying at Moray College UHI, was hailed for his work at the Moray Game Jam, which took place over the weekend.

Gaming creatives from across Scotland gathered on Friday, March 20 and were tasked with designing, developing and creating a new game from scratch with the hope of turning it into a commercial success in just 48 hours.

Mr Green, the only solo entrant of 14 teams, was given top honours and offered the chance to develop his product with the Hunted Cow Studio in Elgin.

The HND student said: “I am delighted to have won the 2015 Game Jam and I look forward to working with the studio to develop it.”

The runners up were a team from Abertay University who created a game called Nightwatch.

Jacqui Wilson, head of marketing and external relations, said the games had to be made under the theme of “now you see it, now you don’t” in honour of Friday’s solar eclipse.

The option to create a traditional board game was also available.

Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts – including one who travelled from California for the contest.

Alan Emrich, of Victory Point Games, landed in Aberdeen on Thursday night to join Brian Baglow, founder of the Scottish Games Network, games industry adviser Phil Harris and Andrew Mulholland, co-director of Hunted Cow Studios in Elgin.

Mr Mulholland said: “With the addition of the master-classes from industry veterans and the board game category, the event had a broad appeal for anyone with an interest in physical and digital game design and development.”

The occasion also served Elgin businesses well with high street shops providing vouchers for the teams to buy food and toiletries.

Ms Wilson added: “It’s also a great thing for Moray as it’s the only of its kind north of Dundee.

“Hopefully we can develop it and make it bigger in the future.”