Josh Dunlop, Teeside University, MA Concept Art for Game & Animation

Partner Spotlight: Exient

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Exient Games are a leading independent video game developer, who have worked with the likes of EA Games, Sony and Activision, and contributed to big titles like Need For Speed, Angry Birds Transformers and Angry Birds Go!

Founded in 2010 and based in Oxford, Leamington Spa and Malta, Exient specialise in both original and contract titles for consoles, handheld devices and mobile platforms.

Their most recent title Bake Escape is a fun, puzzle game that involves you helping Victoria Sponge and her friends use cake based power-ups to make their way through the levels. So far, the game has been soft launched in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Exient have already picked up two TIGA awards in 2013 and 2014 for the Best Casual Game for Diggs Nightcrawler and Angry Birds Go!

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“We’re always eager to support the Search for a Star competition and we’re always impressed by the enthusiasm and talent of the students”.[/pullquote]

As well as making their own games, Exient also provide games and development services, including offering detailed free-to-play consultancy for publishers on their console IP. They also provide huge support to our Grads in Games initiative and Search for a Star competition. This year, their Principle Artist Adam Chilton joined our panel of judges on art finals day in Staffordshire, where he helped to assess the finalists’ work and interview performance.

For code finals day, Technical Director Tim Page joined us at Microsoft to deliver a talk and act as a mentor to the students who attended. In his talk ‘Gold Jet Skis: Live Ops and Online Services for Mobile Games’, Tim discussed developing for mobile platforms and outlined the characteristics Exient value in mobile developers, such as creativity and curiosity. The talk finished with a Q&A session, in which students and industry colleagues were able to ask Tim about Exient’s games and hiring processes.

Tim told us “We’re always eager to support the Search for a Star competition and we’re always impressed by the enthusiasm and talent of the students”.

We’re just as eager to have Exient’s ongoing support and enthusiasm for our students and graduates!

Genie Todd | 16 May 2016

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