Games Fleadh 2018 hosts epic Robocode battle before record crowds in Tipperary

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Thurles students scoop four awards at Games Fleadh 2018.

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Four teams from LIT Thurles won major awards at Games Fleadh 2018, with 11 from the college’s B.Sc in Computing in Games Design and Development course recognised for their achievements in game design and development.

More than 300 people, including secondary school students and their teachers, attended the all-island games design and development competition for third-level students.

The 15th annual Games Fleadh was supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games, First Data, Game Sparks, Smyths Toys Superstores and the Irish Computer Society.

While Storm Emma forced a change of date for this year’s event, it couldn’t stop it reaching the next level of success with the most nail biting Robocode final in its 15 year history. Dundalk Institute of Technology eventually won out with its entry 'Robo Panda', which was developed by James Farrell and Caoilainn Hughes.

In all, 26 teams took part in various game design and development competitions. The entries were viewed, played and tested by the public including the significant number of second level students and teachers who attended the event to learn more about how coding games will help them master the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science module.

At the end of the day long event, IT Carlow students Rafael Plugge Girao and Sebastian Kruzel were declared Game Studio college champions with their entry 'Bullit'. Judges from EA Games, Romero Games and First Data reviewed all Game Studio entries and scored the students on their Shoot ‘Em Up inspired creations.

The 'Best in Original Digital Art' award was won by fourth year Game Development student from LIT Thurles, Daniel Gadd, with his entry ‘Space Rat’.

‘Best In Team Performance’ was won by LIT Thurles third year Game Development students Nathan Dunne, Luke O’Brien, Alexander McAllister and Eoghain McGrath with their entry ‘I Wanna Be A Shoot ‘Em Up’.

‘Best Multiplayer Game’ was awarded to the third year LIT Thurles Game Development team of Tom Ferris and Steven Dineen for their game ‘Strike the Abyss’.

'Best in Original Story' was won by LIT Thurles second year student Shauna Leahy for her game ‘Saucy Shoot ‘Em Up'.

LIT’s Robocode team consisting of first years Jamie Renehan and Cian Flanagan came fourth in the national Robocode competition, which involved programming software tanks using the programming language Java.

“We had a fantastic line-up of speakers from Romero Games, LIT, Microsoft Ireland, Entertainment Arts and First Data who offered valuable perspectives for students who are considering roles in the games industry. We were delighted and very proud with the achievements of all our Games Design and Development students,” event organiser and lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles, Dr. Liam Noonan, added.

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