KDU’S School of Computing and Creative Media’s striking achievements for 2015
SHAH ALAM: 2015 has proven to be a great year for the School of Computing and Creative Media’s (SCCM) Game Development programme, also known for its moniker; Glenmarie Games.
From overwhelming responses throughout SCCM’s annual events to ground-breaking student achievements in winning over RM165,000 worth of grants and cash prizes, it is inevitable that KDU’s Glenmarie Games will end the year with a bang.
Most recently, four students from Glenmarie Games brought the KDU name to international level at the Independent Games Festival (IGF) held in Shanghai, China.
The students; Edison New, Joel Wong, Jack Ho and Lee Pei Ling from the Bachelor of Game Development (Hons) programme, developed a game called ‘Bunny Rush’ that was shortlisted as one of the finalists (Best in Student Games) for the IGF. This is a proud moment for the students as it is possibly the first time a team from Malaysia has been selected as the 6 finalists.
Over in the local scene, three final year students, also from the same programme, Lai Ze Ren, Benny Chan and Tan Weng Hong secured an astounding amount of RM100,000 the Ejen Ali Hackathon Game Jam 2015 under the Student Category.
This 36-hour Game Jam 2015 is a gathering of game developers to create a mobile game prototype that would be launched with the season premiere of this locally-produced animated television series under Media Prima. This event was jointly organised by Media Prima Digital, together with Primeworks Studios, Wau Animation and Multimedia Development Corporation.
KDU’s Glenmarie Games academic team was not resting on their laurels either.
The School embarked on an initiative to create and commercialise digital content via its internal studios Daikaiju Studios (literally translated as ‘BIG MONSTER’). The studio was dubbed with the ferocious name representing the major impact they want to have in the industry.
KDU’s Glenmarie Games academic team is the proud recipient of a RM60,000 grant under the Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC) by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), whose goal is to foster the growth of more locally-grown intellectual property developers.
And to top it all off with an even bigger bang for the end of the year – two academic staff from KDU’s Glenmarie Games collaborated and two students from the Bachelor of Game Development (Hons) programme also collaborated together and clinched the Grand Prize for PWRUPKL (or known as Power-Up) Game Jam 2015, the first ever ASEAN-level “game-hackathon”.
This 48-hour non-stop Game Jam was open to all content start-ups, digital publishers and game developers. The team walked away with a cash prize of RM5,000 and three Playstation 4 consoles.
PWRUPKL 2015 is the competition arm for Level UP KL 2015, organised by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), in conjunction with the annual ASEAN Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 (1AES 2015), and is considered as Southeast Asia’s regional premier convention for the game community.
The achievements have definitely made KDU proud, especially being accomplished during the short fourth quarter. Entry to international level competitions, awards and festivals are a testament to how KDU encourages learning beyond of the classroom. Holistic education remains as one of KDU’s main focus through its efforts to provide continuous means of support in ensuring that both its staff and students are able to fully utilise every opportunity that comes their way.
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