Derry game developers at CultureTECH

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The Culture Tech Festival will host a special 24 hour Nintendo game jam, Game Craft, during which 100 leading developers will develop a

new platform based on a specially commissioned, yet-to-be-announced, theme.

The game will be developed specifically for the Wii U console. Participating developers will have the opportunity to work on the new Nintendo Web Framework with additional hands on support provided for by Nintendo’s technical support experts and internal game evaluation will be conducted by a jury comprising of company experts.

Martin Buchholz, Manager of Nintendo’s developer relations and support in Europe said: “Nintendo Web Framework makes Wii U more accessible for developers, as you can create Wii U software only using HTML5 and JavaScript. I believe it is a rather interesting environment for a 24-hour game jam.”

Martin added: “CultureTECH is going to be an amazing festival and we are proud to take part in this special event.”

CultureTECH Festival Director, Mark Nagurski said: “Not only are we thrilled to welcome GameCraft to Derry for the first time, but having Nintendo involved is a real coup for the festival.

“We have a really strong games programme at this year’s CultureTECH with workshops, tournaments and free-to-play arcades throughout the city but this announcement really puts it over the top. We also need to say a special thank you to Invest Northern Ireland for making the initial introductions which have led directly to this collaboration.”

GameCraft, will be held on September 13 and 14 as part of this year’s CultureTECH Festival. Anyone interested in participating should register online at www.globalgamecraft.com/events/derry-gamecraft/