Games Fleadh 2020 – Griffith College Limerick’s Jocimara Melo, Alex Porfirio and Caoilinn Waldron 3rd place in the Robocode series. Picture: Alan Place
Games Fleadh 2020 sees LIT win 4 categories
Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) won four categories at the hotly contested Irish Games Fleadh 2020, which was held at the LIT, Thurles Campus.
The number of competitors taking part this year at Games Fleadh 2020 was at a record high, with a total of 27 entries from nine colleges vying for one of the coveted titles or hoping to come out victorious in the Robocode series.
Hundreds of software developers and game enthusiasts attended the daylong event that showcased the best of the third level game development community.
Games Fleadh 2020 also allowed second and third-level students to explore possible careers in an industry worth €148.8 billion, and learn more about the social conscience of the gaming world.
Teams from LIT won Best in Game Mechanics; Best Multiplayer Game; Best in Use of Physics Algorithms; and Best Video Game Trailer.
Griffith College Limerick’s Jocimara Melo, Alex Porfirio and Caoilinn Waldron came third in the Robocode series.
Congratulating all competitors and winners, President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “Games Fleadh continues to lead the way in recognising the brightest and best among the country’s student game developers, while also bringing together the collective knowledge of some of the leading names in the gaming industry. Now in its 17th year, I am pleased that Games Fleadh, here at LIT, Thurles Campus, continues to go from strength to strength.”
Games Fleadh 2019 Organiser and Game Design & Development Degree Lecturer at LIT Dr Liam Noonan paid tribute to the international companies that continue to support the event year on year. “Without sponsors such as Microsoft and the support of companies such as Havok and EA, Ireland’s Games Fleadh would not be the success that it is every year. I would also like to acknowledge the support of Irish charity Trocaire this year, who’s representatives discussed with students the powerful impact games can make in the areas of climate justice, human rights and sustainable development goals.”
Dr Janice O’Connell Head of Department of Information Technology at LIT paid tribute to the organisers.
“I am very proud of the Department of IT members today, and their passion, enthusiasm, and determination to drive and organise this year’s Games Fleadh. The 2020 theme addressed social conscience and positive world change, which was evident through the variety of extremely high calibre games on display. This was once again a super day thanks to a wonderful event that highlighted the skill and abilities here at LIT. Congratulations to all involved, and particular thanks to Dr Liam Noonan for his extraordinary efforts in making the event a huge success.”
List of Winners, Games Fleadh 2020:
Competition Teams College
Best in Game Mechanics Amaze-Mint. LIT
Best Multiplayer Game Snake and Dragons LIT
Best in Use of Physics Algorithms Mini Golf Dungeon LIT
Best Video Game Trailer Amaze-Mint LIT
Best in Original Audio Music Displacement WIT
Best in Original Digital Art 2D Get to the Sun TU Dublin
Best in Team Performance Zeph TU Dublin
Best in Social Impact Ourea TU Dublin
Best in Use of OO Evil Castle TU Dublin
Best game Built using a Game Engine Ourea TU Dublin
Best in User Interface Design Build A Maze IT Carlow
Best Original Innovation in Gaming Build A Maze IT Carlow
Best in Use of AI Algorithms The Swarm! IT Carlow
Best game built using Software Libraries The Swarm! IT Carlow
Best in Original Story Midnight Mass GMIT
Best in use of 3D Rupture GMIT
1. Eoin Galavan, Carlow IT.
2. Kate Rice, Samuel Olajide and Jessica Savage, Dundalk IT.
3. Jocimara Melo, Alex Porfirio and Caoilinn Waldron, Griffith College Limerick.
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