Suffolk based Miracle Tea fought off fierce competition from both multiplayer party games and VR experiences to be crowned ‘Game of the Show’ at Game Anglia last weekend.
The all-new one day conference was held at the University of Suffolk and welcomed hundreds of visitors and game developers from all over the UK. The event included an array of high profile speakers and a multitude of games from local and international independent games studios.
The award was voted for by the visitors of the event and included all the games on show. The games varied from hand-controlled magic dragon-cats in MaoMao Castle, to castle balancing action in Balance of Kingdoms. However, it was the tranquil mobile game Ruya that won over the crowds.
Ruya is inspired by games like Tetris, Connect Four and Two Dots and sees players matching characters in Ruya’s world of dreams.
Game Anglia was the first event of it’s kind in the region and enjoyed talks from renowned video game writer Rhianna Pratchett, BAFTA award-winning game designer Brenda Romero, Ubisoft game director Gareth Glover, award-winning composer David Housden and the genre defining John Romero.
Liz Mercuri of Unity Technologies said “The event was great fun and I can’t wait to watch it grow and grow! The organisation was faultless, with enthusiastic and informative volunteers, clearly sign posted and a smooth running schedule.”
Ubisoft game director Gareth Glover added “The passion and enthusiasm was palpable – it really recharged my batteries and reminded me why we do what we do”.
Game Anglia was made possible with the help of Rob Kurta, the senior lecturer for the Computer Games Design course at the University of Suffolk. The aim was to create a space where game development students, indie game developers and industry professionals can meet, mingle and most importantly learn. “Ipswich is fast becoming a hotbed of gaming talent and is definitely one to watch in the coming years” said Ian Garstang, video game blogger and head of marketing for Game Anglia.
After the huge success of this first event, the preparations for Game Anglia 2018 have already begun.