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ExPlay Global Game Jam 2013

06 January

Will you be representing the South West at Global Game Jam this year?

Now into our second year running the regions largest Global Game Jam, ExPlay represents the independent games industry across the South West of England and is the bond between academia and industry, helping students and graduates connect with industry. ExPlay will be promoting all the games created, as part of our on-going mission to raise the profile of the South West games industry.
This year we are also pleased to have support from Creative England and Microsoft, who will be running 2 sub-themes to add a twist to the global theme and give teams the chance to take their prototypes onward into full development!

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Visit Microsoft HQ

04 January

ExPlay is coordinating a unique opportunity to visit Microsoft’s HQ this January.
This exclusive site visit will give you the lowdown on Windows 8 game app development and the commercial opportunities that go along with that! Included will be a tour of the Microsoft Technology Centre and a chance to meet Dr David Brown to experience a demo of NuiVerse! If we can get enough people to make it along, Microsoft will also invite a huge keynote speaker to talk through game development and the games industry.

Click here for more details – Microsoft HQ signup

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Win a brand new Kindle Fire HD!

07 December

We didn’t ask for formal feedback during the event but we would love to hear your comments and thoughts. We have some great ideas for next year’s event (watch this space!), but we want to hear yours as well so therefore we are asking you to complete a simple 3 question survey making a competition out of it! Whoever gives us the best idea for next year’s event will win a Kindle Fire HD that will arrive in time for Christmas!

1) What did you like best?
2) What did you like least/what would you change?
3) Give us an idea for next year’s event?

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Thank you!

01 December 2012

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Bath and made Explay 2012 such a great event! We hope you all enjoyed the conference sessions, the expo, the JS Joust tournament and the parties…

We would like to thank all our amazing speakers, the very hard working volunteers from Plymouth College of Art and Bath Spa University, Pyramid AV for all the technical, and all the Bootcamp companies and game jam teams for exhibiting. The glider from Plymouth University was a highlight in the Expo area seeing many make it to the top of the mountain unscathed, whilst students from the University of West of England were on hand to help take delegates through the maze of games on display. A special mention also goes to our extremely supportive sponsors who without their ongoing support our festival would not be possible, and last and most certainly not least, a huge thank you to all the attendees who made the event what it was. We are thrilled to have also raised £400 for SpecialEffect charity, through our JS Joust tournament after a generous topup from sponsor PEER 1, for which Unity Technologies awesome Unity Pro code prizes were a big draw amongst all of the other prizes that so many companies gave us! Thank you all so very much!!

We hope you will all help us to spread the word about Explay Festival and bring even more people back for next year’s event.
Please follow us on Twitter and on Facebook, and dont forget to keep an eye on the website for our ongoing programme of meetups, training and gamejams

We look forward to seeing you all again next year for Explay 2013!

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