Norwich University of the Arts student ‘jammer of the year’

Becca Marshall won the games jam festival’s prize for her ‘can-do’ attitude

A student from Norwich University of the Arts won the jammer of the year award at this year’s Brains Eden.

The international four-day gaming festival, which is now in its 12th year, pitted 28 teams against each other in a 48-hour games jam at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

The jammer of the year award was one of nine handed out at this year’s festival. Becca Marshall scooped the accolade for her “can-do attitude to take on a technical role in an artist-heavy team”.

Members of the Dangerous Men team from South Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK) took home the best PC game award and a £300-bundle of prizes each.

The best mobile game award was won by Toasted Works from University of Northampton. The judges’ choice award was awarded to New Folder (5), also from Northampton University.

The games sector is really important in the economy; it is enormous and booming and Brains Eden gives students access to that.
– Dr Apburba Kundu, Anglia Ruskin University

This year’s festival included new awards for best game artwork, best game concept and best storytelling.

The inaugural winners of the storytelling award were Howest University College for their game, Dodo’s Against Extinction, which was commended for its unique narrative and plot progression.

Dr Apurba Kundu, acting dean of faculty of arts, humanities and social sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “Brains Eden is truly an international event with university and industry representatives Holland, Belgium, Finland, France and the UK attending. The games sector is really important in the economy; it is enormous and booming and Brains Eden gives students access to that.”

Find out how to apply for Brains Eden 2020 here.

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