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IGDA Scotland at GDC

IGDA Scotland was well represented at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Current Abertay undergraduates Jess Hider and 2014 graduate Zoe Sams were both selected as winners of the new IGDA Foundation Intel Scholarships, which gave just thirty women a once in a lifetime experience to attend the conference, offering invaluable networking and mentoring. The initiative with Intel was launched this year in association with the IGDA Foundation to help promote and support diversity in the industry.

Jess Hider

Jess Hider is an undergraduate Computer Arts student at Abertay University specialising in animation. Her recent project, Seek – created with Team Five Pixels – not only won the Artistic Achievement Award at last year’s Dare to be Digital, but went on to win the TIGA’s Best Student Game award in 2014 and BAFTA Scotland’s New Talent Award in Games. Seek is available in beta on Android and soon to be fully released on iOS.


Zoë Sams is an aspiring programmer and technical artist, currently studying for an MSc in Computer Animation and Visual Effects at Bournemouth University. She graduated from Abertay University with an honours degree in Computer Games Technology in 2014. Currently, Zoë is volunteering with the Bournemouth University Games Development Society, organising workshops and talks.

Congratulations to Jess, Zoë and all the other 2015 scholars. For more information about upcoming IGDA Scholarships, please check here.

Brian McDonald

Jess and Zoë weren’t the only ones touching shoulders with the gaming elite in San Francisco this year. Our very own board member, Brian McDonald, was awarded a full access pass to GDC as a Global Game Jam VIP. Brian has been regional organiser for UK & Ireland for the last 2 years, before that he was one of the organisers for the Glasgow site.

IGDA Scotland Supports the Scottish Game Jam!

IGDA Scotland loves Game Developers; It’s in our blood! We’re fascinated by all the stories and amazing works that come out of Scotland’s bubbling hub of technological and artistic marvel.

That’s why we’re really excited to announce that IGDA Scotland are backing this years Scottish Game Jam, part of the wider known Global Game Jam, where thousands of programmers, artists, and everyone in between get together to learn, create, and have fun!

Building up to the event at Glasgow Caledonian University – which is now out of free spaces, we’ll be posting some blogs and tidbits on our media streams to get participants up and running, whether this be their first game jam, or their hundredth!

During the weekend of the jam, the chapter committee will be on hand covering all the developments. Committee Kraig Walker & Brian McDonald are confirmed to be taking the plunge by joining the jammers to create a game in under 48 hours, while games AI guru Luke Dicken will be rallying the troops prior to the onslaught!

Didn’t get a place in the jam? That’s okay, it’s been the most successful uptake they’ve ever had. Another official jam site is taking place at Edinburgh Napier University too if you’re up that way, and you can still take part over the interwebs! If you’re streaming or blogging your rapid game creation experiences in Scotland why not get in touch? We’d love to hear from you!