27 May 2014
For immediate Release


Games Britannia Live! today announces that applications for its game development workshops featuring development tools GameMaker:Studio, Unity3D and Sumo Digital’s exclusive Moshi Monster Platform Engine are now open. For Minecraft fans, GlowInTheDark’s Printcraft workshops are also available to book.

Tom Kenyon, Programme Director of Education at NESTA, and a key sponsor said “Games Britannia Live! is an inspirational event that offers young people the chance not just to play games, but to make their own alongside some of Britain’s best games talent. It’s a unique way to learn about the UK games industry and pick up new skills.”

If you’ve ever fancied creating your own computer game, then one of our workshops, suitable for all ages from 5 upwards are for you.

Katsuma Unleashed – designed and delivered by Sumo Digital, this workshop will allow younger children to learn the secrets of level design and create their own side-scrolling platform adventure based upon the hit Nintendo title developed by the Sheffield studio. Ages 5 upwards.

GameMaker: Studio – an introduction to creating games for mobile and desktop platforms lead by ambassadors from Sheffield Hallam University. Ages 10 upwards.

Unity 3D – led by industry veteran and indie developer Byron Atkinson-Jones, learn how to utilise the Unity fully integrated game development engine and create your own game. Ages 15 upwards.

PrintCraft – the world’s first 3D printing server for Minecraft. A Use the game to create 3D objects and then make them real with a 3D printer. Ages 5 upwards.

Workshops will run the entire weekend of 28-29 June 2014, between 10am and 4pm in the iconic Millennium Galleries in Sheffield. All places are free, but tickets are very limited and early booking in advance is strongly advised.

Alongside the workshop, tickets are still available for a very special screening of the eagerly anticipated From Bedrooms to Billions film-documentary, and the dramatic chiptune and 8-bit music micro “Gig in the Garden” with headline acts The Curious Machine, Harley Likes Music and more.

To book tickets for all events, and to find out more about the festival visit the Games Britannia Live! website

If you have any queries, please contact the organiser:

Mark Hardisty –

About Games Britannia Live!

Games Britannia Live! is a public extension to the multi-award winning videogame education festival running over the weekend of 28 – 29 June 2014 in Sheffield, Great Britain.

Games Britannia Live! is proud to be part of Sheffield’s Children’s Festival and is backed by a partnership of Sheffield City Council, NESTA, Replay Events and Sheffieldr with kind sponsorship and support from Pimoroni, YoYo Games, Showroom Workstation Sheffield, Ukie, Aardvark Swift, Raspberry Pi, SUMO Digital, Game Republic, Autodesk, and an extra special thanks to Sheffield Hallam University.

Paul Billington, Director of Culture and the Environment from Sheffield City Council said: “We are delighted to support Games Britannia here in Sheffield and to see this two-day event form part of the line-up of this year’s Sheffield Children’s Festival – the city’s showcase for the tremendous creativity amongst children and young people in Sheffield.  There’s over a month of events and activities to enjoy, everything from theatre tasters, story-telling, picnics, dancing and sculpture!  It is also a great opportunity for families, parents and carers to have a great time too.  It’s all about getting involved in arts – whether that’s playing games, making things, seeing your work exhibited or performing on stage in shows, musicals and plays – and enjoying yourself at the same time.”

About Games Britannia

Games Britannia is a multi-award winning festival bringing creativity and technology together, providing the public, schools and colleges with workshops and activities led by games industry experts and academics.

Started in 2011 by Brinsworth Comprehensive School, the Academia, Industry and Schools festival is run by the computing department at Sheffield Hallam University as part of a range of initiatives which attempt to engage schools and teachers in computer science.

About Sheffield

Located at the centre of Britain, Sheffield is England’s fourth largest city, and easily accessible from M1, A1, M18 or M62. It is England’s greenest city and home to one of the wealthiest areas in England and Wales outside of London and the South Eat.

About the Venues

At the heart of Sheffield’s cultural quarter sits Tudor Square, the Winter Gardens and Millennium Galleries. The Winter Garden is the largest temperate glasshouse in Europe and houses a superb display of more than 2,500 exotic plants from around the globe. The Garden sits on the “gold route” from Sheffield Railway Station and Sheffield Hallam University to the City Centre and venue links the Millennium Galleries, 4* Mercure Hotel, Millennium Square and Peace Gardens.








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