Search For A Star

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Graduate games programming, development & publishing competition, showcasing exceptional & talented students. Comprised of three stages; a C++ programming challenge, a Unity3D games development & publishing project, and a final interview at the Microsoft UK campus with a panel of industry peers.

Judges & mentors include representatives from Microsoft, Unity3D, NaturalMotion, Exient & more.

Current Search For A Star News


The Winners 2014

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After 3 challenging rounds including over 230 entrants from 52 universities, the winners of the 2014 Search For A Star & Rising Star competitions have been decided.

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Born Ready Games : Our Industry Partners

We’d like to thank Born Ready Games for working with us to make Search For A Star a success. Principal Engineer Greg Booker and CEO James Brooksby are kindly giving their time to act as judge and mentor respectively. Greg is also part of the team responsible for designing and assessing the first two stages of the competition.

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Marmalade : Our Industry Partners

We’d like to thank Marmalade for working with us to make Search For A Star a success. As well as providing the Marmalade SDK framework for all entrants to use in the second stage of the competition, Marmalade are also generously providing extended SDK licenses to all finalists and full Indie licenses to the winners.

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Exient : Our Industry Partners

We’d like to thank Exient for working with us to make Search For A Star a success. As part of their involvement with the graduate programming competition, Exient CTO Jason Fielder and Lead Programmer Neil Holmes are kindly giving their time to act as judge and mentor respectively.

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Boss Alien : Our Industry Partners

We’d like to thank Boss Alien for working with us to make Search For A Star a success. As part of their involvement with the graduate programming competition, Lead Programmer & Co-Founder Richard Bangs is kindly giving his time to act as judge for the competition and Senior Programmer Ryan Sullivan will be available as a mentor for the finalists. Boss Alien are also generously providing a selection of awesome prizes for all finalists.

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Microsoft UK : Our Industry Partners

We’d like to thank Microsoft for working with us to make Search For A Star a success. As part of their involvement with the graduate programming competition, Microsoft Technical Evangelist Lee Stott is kindly giving his time to act as judge for the competition. Microsoft are also generously providing the Microsoft Campus as the venue for the Finals day, a selection of awesome prizes for all finalists, and free publication to the Windows 8 Phone Store for all second stage games development projects.

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Search For A Star – The Finalists 2014

With the final of the 2014 Search For A Star competition taking place at the Microsoft Campus next Monday, let’s take a closer look at this year’s finalists.
These five graduates and masters students have excelled through both the C++ test in round 1 and the game development & publishing project in round 2 to reach the final.

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Rising Star 2014 – The Finalists

With the final round taking place at the Microsoft Campus on Monday, let’s take a closer look at our three Rising Star finalists for 2014; Milcho Milchev, Sam Parras and Sammy Hosny.
Out of over 90 initial entrants, these three second-year students have excelled through the first two stages of the competition to earn their place in the final.

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