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Boyd Multerer Masterclass at GCU

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Join us for a masterclass with Boyd Multerer (@BoydMulterer), the man responsible for Xbox Live, the gaming and entertainment service now used by more than 46 million people worldwide on 12th May 2015 from 6pm at Glasgow Caledonian University. He will share with us lessons learned from Xbox and his predictions for the future of gaming. He will focus on the importance of anticipating changes in technology and culture, and forecasting how they will change in future years.

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While working at Microsoft, he was also behind the XNA C# game development framework, which allows independent developers and creators to produce games for the Xbox 360 console for the first time. Since then, he founded and led the team that worked on the Xbox One’s operating system, which went on to win a Technical Emmy and a Microsoft Technical Achievement Award. After almost 20 years at Microsoft, Boyd left in December 2014 and is now working on an as yet unannounced project.

The masterclass is free and open to the public, but IGDA members can book reserved tickets for themselves by contacting us at info@igdascotland.org (while stocks last). Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the Garden Café in the Govan Mbeki Building.

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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!