Published: 30/01/2014 11:10 - Updated: 30/01/2014 11:30

Game Jam comes to Moray

THE creative gaming juices are set to flow for 48 hours in Moray.

GTA V was one of many Scottish-influenced games produced.
GTA V was one of many Scottish-influenced games produced.

The result will be a new video game which will be developed for the market.

The top gaming talent will come together at Moray College UHI for the Moray Game Jam.

It will start at midday on Friday March 14 and end at midday on Sunday March 16.

Applications to the Moray Game Jam open on Friday February 14 online at www.moraygamejam.com and close on Wednesday March 5.

Teams with skills in programming, game designing and art will battle it out to create a new video game.

The winning team will be mentored by Elgin-based games publisher, Hunted Cow Studios, to refine and develop their game idea with the aim of taking it to the market.’

This is the first event in a new collaboration between Moray College UHI, creative industries support body screenHI and Hunted Cow Studios.

Anne Lindsay, acting principal of Moray College UHI said: "This is an exciting and innovative idea and Moray College UHI is delighted to be hosting this first event Moray Game Jam.

The Hunted Cow team will mentor the winners.
The Hunted Cow team will mentor the winners.

Amanda Millen, director of screenHI, said Scottish developers released nearly 100 games across a range of platforms, including the worldwide success Grand Theft Auto series which saw multi million pound sales of its GTA V last year. Elgin man Leslie Benzies is a key member of the Rockstar North team which developed the popular game.

Added Amanda: "Scotland has been a pioneer in the video games world for the last two decades."

Andrew Mulholland, co-director of Hunted Cow Studios, said: "As a successful creative business firmly rooted in Moray, Hunted Cow Studios is really pleased to be taking part in this event, the first of its kind in this part of Scotland."

Teams of up to five people can enter and all members have to be 18 or over.

The teams’ efforts will be judged by a panel of experts, including Brain Baglow, Director of the Scottish Games Network, Phil James, a games industry advisor and writer, Andrew Mulholland and David Cook, deputy editor of games website, VG247.com.

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