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Enthusiasts flock to first ever Haverhill Games Jam

Dylan Morgan-Owen, 11 and (right) Stefan Roche, 11 from Haverhill won 1st prize in the Games Jam competition.
With them is Steve Huckle, from the Shark Infested Custard games development studio

Dylan Morgan-Owen, 11 and (right) Stefan Roche, 11 from Haverhill won 1st prize in the Games Jam competition. With them is Steve Huckle, from the Shark Infested Custard games development studio

 

The first ever Games Jam held in Haverhill attracted more than 140 gaming enthusiasts.

Held on Monday and Tuesday at Haverhill Arts Centre, the free event invited eight to 18-year-olds to take part in a games tournament and meet gaming industry insiders.

Castle Manor Academy also put forward a number of teams from their Games Design Department to take up the challenge of building a game in two days.

The event was supported by Haverhill Town Council, Havebury Housing and ONE Haverhill.

Ellie Darling, communities and tenant advisor at Havebury Housing said: “We’re thrilled with how many young people visited the first ever Haverhill Games Jam.

“To have over 140 game players and game makers over two days is extremely encouraging.

“It’s been a real team effort and without the input of Castle Manor School, the Haverhill Arts Centre, the Centre for Computing History, Steve Huckle at Shark Infested Custard and Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s for donating the prizes, the event wouldn’t have been possible.

“We hope to hold another event very soon so visit www.hubgamesjam.co.uk for details.”

Prize winners at the event were:

Games Jam: First prize; Dylan Morgan-Owen and Stefan Roche, both 11. Each received a £25 Tesco voucher

Games Jam: Runner up; Callum Pym-Hember, 12, John Christopher Dejesus, 13, Jaime Thomas-Jackson, 13, £25 Tesco voucher to share.

FIFA Tournament Winner (Monday); Jack Grenville, 11. £25 Sainsbury’s voucher

FIFA Tournament Runner-Up (Tuesday); Aidan McErlain, 11. £25 Sainsbury’s voucher

FIFA Tournament Winner (Tuesday) Jordan Hopkins,14. £25 Sainsbury’s voucher

Gran Turismo Fastest Lap (Tuesday); Reece Bacchus, 13. £25 Sainsbury’s voucher

Guitar Hero, Most points (Tuesday); Zac Bott, 12. £25 Tesco voucher

 

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