Rob Farthing, University of Portsmouth, BSc Computer Games Technology

Partner Spotlight: Furious Bee

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Furious Bee are passionate about making games, and helping others make them too.

Although the team is made up of just two people, Technical Director Lizi Attwood and Creative Director Ross Mansfield have over 30 years’ industry experience between them, and have worked on top games titles like Call of Duty: Strike Team and CSR Racing.

The Sheffield-based studio offer a range services for their clients, including:

  • Code support – for all stages of a project, from planning and production to bug fixing and optimisation
  • Art outsourcing, which provides clients with high quality models and textures for projects on any platform.
  • Consultancy – expert advice and recommendations on all aspects of digital entertainment development
  • Full project development, helping clients port existing projects to new platforms or to create an entirely new interactive experience.

“The competition is highly valuable to students who are trying to get a programming job within the games industry and want to differentiate themselves”

As well as being a talented programmer and expert consultant in her field, Lizi plays a leading role in our Search For A Star & Rising Star code competitions, and has been a core part of the process since the very start. She helps with all stages of the competition, from question setting and designing the code project, to judging the final round at Microsoft.

Lizi says “The competition is highly valuable to students who are trying to get a programming job within the games industry and want to differentiate themselves to increase their chance of finding that first opportunity in a competitive graduate job market. So far, every year finalists are finding work within the industry, often walking away from the finals day with several job offers to choose from. I feel that the competition helps to highlight their potential and the good work that some universities are doing to prepare students for work.”

Her extensive knowledge of programming and the games industry makes her an invaluable partner to Grads in Games and Search For A Star. We’re grateful to the Furious Bee team for their enthusiasm and support for the competitions.

Genie Todd | 19 May 2016

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