FXP Festival winners get gaming industry behind-the-scenes

The students from East Anglia have had an all-access pass to local gaming company Jagex, to see what working in gaming is really like

Students from Parkside Community College in Cambridge, winners of FXP Festival 2017, a games concept and development competition for school and college students in East Anglia, have gone behind the scenes at gaming industry titan, Jagex. 

Receiving first prize in the Level 1 Development category at last year’s FXP, Parkside’s team ‘No Spoon’ was granted unparalleled access behind the scenes at Jagex, to meet with games designers and developers, and learn more about everything that goes into creating some of the world’s biggest games.  

As well as a full tour of the Jagex campus, including the areas usually ‘off-limits’ to visitors, the students experienced exclusive mentoring sessions with members of the Jagex team, as well as user-testing some of Jagex’s top secret new developments. 

Hosted annually by Cambridge Regional College, FXP delivers an exciting hands-on game development experience, involving students with a wide range of abilities, from those experienced in coding, to individuals more interested in the creative concept and artistry of game design. 

Over the course of the Festival weekend (7 – 9 July 2018), teams of students, aged 13-19 (Year 8 – 13, and FE), are tasked with designing an original computer game concept, based on a surprise theme. FXP Festival is supported by major companies in the region’s technology and creative digital sectors, which provide expertise, mentoring and coaching to students and their teachers. 2017 supporters included: Amazon, Anglia Ruskin University, Jagex, Microsoft, ARM, Hacklab, Rizing Games, Cambridge Regional College.

Mark Ogilvie, Design Director at Jagex, has been fundamental to the Festival’s success since inception. He commented: “Supporting FXP is enormously important for us at Jagex, as part of our community work, but also from a recruitment perspective. As well as helping out with mentoring and judging during the Festival weekend, we are always pleased to offer ‘an afternoon at Jagex’ as the first-place prize for each of the four competition categories. It is fantastic to be able to inspire creative minds as young as just 13 or 14, and to give them an insight into careers in the games development industry. We look forward to welcoming the winners of FXP Festival 2018 this July.” 

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