Nottingham’s world-renowned video game festival – GameCity – returned to The National Videogame Arcade on the 26th – 29th October for its 11th edition and it didn’t disappoint! Guest speakers from world-renowned games companies provided an insight into the industry and leading developers showcased their work across the Creative Quarter.
The festival not only provided entertainment and knowledge, but also opportunities – from volunteering to networking and we heard directly from our students what they got up to. Callum Hancock, an FdSc Games Technology student had been to the festival before, but this year set out to make a real effort to speak to the developers:
“I spent a lot of time at the Open Arcade venues throughout Nottingham. I found it interesting speaking to some of the independent developers who were ex-students, finding out how they had found their own ways into their positions in the industry. This year it’s made me realise that making contacts isn’t just about talking to random developers and telling them your name, but it’s about having meaningful interactions with people who are passionate about games, just like you are.”
Volunteering at the festival gave our students a lot of great opportunities, but it wasn’t just about networking. BSc Games Production (top up) student Eden Batchelor was able to develop key skills from his role at the NVA;
“This was my first time volunteering for GameCity Festival and I was made to feel very welcome from the start. I helped people set up for talks and greeted members of the public to promote the events happening around Nottingham. Despite being new to this role I felt like I managed to contribute to the success of the festival, helping my confidence, communication and problem solving skills along the way.”
The festival allowed Eden the chance to assist members of the industry which gave him a different perspective, learning how the events are set up and what is needed for them.
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FdSc Games Tech student Magdalena Mojsiejuk also volunteered at the festival, helping developers present their own work and she found it a good opportunity to meet and interact with other people with similar goals. She spent the day with them and was tasked with encouraging people to come and experience their games.
Seeing the work of developers who’d been studying only a few years ago showed our students what you can achieve after completing a course here. If you’re interested in studying at Confetti, check out our college & degree Games Tech courses and book an open day.