CCI Games courses wins top TIGA Award

The University of Portsmouth has won Best Educational Institution Award from the leading games industry body.

Games development courses at the University were shortlisted for two awards by The Independent Games Developer Association (TIGA) awards which recognise and honour advances made across the industry.

Mark Eyles, course leader for BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology, submitted the bid for the best institution award, and Simon Brookes, course leader for BSc (Hons) Computer Games Enterprise, submitted the bid for the best educational initiative award.

Before the winners were announced, Mark said: “Being shortlisted in these two categories means the work we are doing is seen as valuable and relevant and it confirms we are giving our students the skills they need to work in this thriving and important industry at all levels.”

The computer games industry is estimated to be worth £1.7bn annually to the UK economy.

The University of Portsmouth has been teaching computer games courses for a decade and many graduates now work in the industry, with some setting up their own development companies, enabling students to establish their own businesses is part of the computer games enterprise course.

Simon said: “We pay a lot of attention to developing entrepreneurs and managers for the games industry and all our students have the chance to start up and run their own games studios.”

Both courses also have strong links with the industry and with developers locally, nationally and internationally.

Mark said: “Gaming is thriving at Portsmouth. Our students work with industry and take part in international game jams organised by the University, we have lecturers who have spent many years working in the industry and our researchers are allowing us to push forward the boundaries of gaming.”

Facilities used by the courses include a motion capture studio, virtual reality lab, console development labs and industry standard software.

Dean of the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty, Professor Catherine Harper said: “It’s very impressive to receive such significant industry recognition for our courses and the innovative work of our staff.”

Courtesy of the University of Portsmouth Press Office

Since this event Mark and Simon have been interviewed by www.wired.co.uk and the University has been mentioned in an article by www.develop-online.net

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