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Brunel to support major UK games competition


For the second year running, Brunel University London will act as a host hub for Tranzfuser, a major video games competition funded by the UK government.

Brunel will be the London hub for the innovative talent development programme which launched last year and was created by UK Games Talent and Finance CIC. Organisers are currently seeking applicants to the 2017 competition.

Designed to provide a platform for creative leaders of the future, Tranzfuser is aimed at graduates looking to break into the video games development industry, with a strong focus on getting their game to market.

In 2016, eighteen teams from across the UK took part in the first ever Tranzfuser competition, all working with a £5,000 prize to develop their prototype. They included Shiny Happy People: a team from Brunel who went on to showcase their project at the prestigious EGX video games festival in Birmingham, attended by over 75,000 gamers.

During the show, a team of industry judges shortlisted the best games to compete for grants from the UK Games Fund to develop commercial prototypes.

Mario Michaelides, lecturer in Games Design and Tranzfuser Brunel Hub Co-ordinator, said:

“Tranzfuser is a great opportunity for our graduates to receive funding and exposure to help kick-start their careers in the game industry, and we know it works. In 2016, we were so pleased when Shiny Happy People went to EGX and won a UK Games Fund grant with the game Orchid Nebula.

“Again this year, Tranzfuser will give us the chance to nurture creative ideas and help passionate individuals like the Shiny Happy People team break through into the industry. And, just like last year, we will have a computer lab set up to be used exclusively by Tranzfuser teams, with our academics on hand to provide advice and support where required.”

Lead applicants to Tranzfuser 2017 have an opportunity to project-manage the teams that they form for the Tranzfuser journey and win funds from the UK Games Fund.

Applications for Tranzfuser close on 27 February 2017 at 12 noon. For more information, see

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