Institute of Technology Carlow crowned champions at Games Fleadh 2018


Two students from Institute of Technology Carlow were crowned champions at Games Fleadh 2018. Rafael Plugge Girao and Sebastian Kruzel were declared Game Studio College Champions with their entry Bullit Shooter.

In total, students from Institute of Technology Carlow scooped four of the top prizes on the day. In addition to the top Game Studio College Champions prize, the college was awarded: Best of Original Audio and Music for Bullit Shooter; Best Original Innovation in Gaming for Hoppin’ and Droppin’ and Best in Visual Engineering for Celestial Ascension.

More than 300 people, including secondary school students and their teachers, attended the all-island games design and development competition for third-level students. In its 15th year, Games Fleadh is renowned for recognising the brightest and best among the country’s student game developers, while also bringing together the collective knowledge of some of the leading names in the gaming industry.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games, First Data, Game Sparks, Smyths Toys Superstores and the Irish Computer Society, the 15th annual Games Fleadh took place on LIT’s Thurles Campus.

In all 26 teams took part in various game design and development competitions. The entries were viewed, played and tested by the public including the significant number of second level students and teachers who attended the event to learn more about how coding games will help them master the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science module.

Judges from EA Games, Romero Games and First Data reviewed all Game Studio entries and scored the students on their Shoot ‘Em Up inspired creations.

Speaking about Games Fleadh 2018, event organiser Dr. Liam Noonan said, “We had a fantastic line up of speakers from Romero Games, LIT, Microsoft Ireland, Entertainment Arts and First Data who offered valuable perspectives for students who are considering roles in the games industry. We were delighted and very proud with the achievements of all our Games Design and Development students.

“Games Fleadh also continues to be a fantastic networking opportunity for the Irish game development sector and in many ways it is the Game Development Oscars for our undergraduate students on the Island of Ireland. We believe that it also offers a fantastic networking opportunity for teachers to engage with third level institutions and explore best practice in teaching Computer Science concepts”, said Dr. Noonan.

CAPTION: 2018 Games Fleadh champions, Rafael Plugge Girao, IT Carlow and Sebastian Kruzel, IT Carlow are pictured with Colm Drennan, IADT at the presentation of prizes for their entry game Bullit Shooter. Picture: Alan Place

For further information: Alma Feeley, Comms Office, Institute of Technology Carlow
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