A group of University of Suffolk graduates have been shortlisted for an international gaming award.
The Games Design graduates, who formed Miracle Tea Studios while at University, are in Singapore for the Indie Prize Awards, an international scholarship programme created by Casual Games Association (CGA) for independent game developers.
Miracle Tea Studios’ game Ruya has been shortlisted as one of 100 games to be considered for the prize and one of just 3 in the UK.
Tom Andrews of the group said "It’s so exciting! We’ve all been working super hard these past couple of months as we get closer to release. Being recognised by Casual Connect and being awarded a scholarship to attend the Indie Prize Awards feels very rewarding."
"Ruya is both a meditative puzzle game and a sleep aid for insomnia. The player visits dreamlike worlds to awaken everything they touch. Decorate yourself in flowers and unfold Ruya’s deepest memories. Each world is designed to tickle your senses and to calm your mind. It’s a deeply spiritual game that encourages introspective thought."
Rob Kurta, Director of Computer Games and Creative Technologies at the University of Suffolk, said “The Computer Games Team at the University has seen the development of this project from a final year student dissertation project to UK Games Fund Transfuzer funding, now to this Indie Prize Award. Throughout it all the graduates have shown that they have the commitment and talent to succeed and we are delighted for them.”
Tom Andrews is the first University of Suffolk Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate and has recently returned to the University to speak to current Computer Games Design students about Transfuzer funding and how the University has supported Miracle Tea Studios.
Bradley Smith, Enrico and Gav Amante, who are all based in Ipswich, complete the studio team.
Yuliya Moshkaryova, Indie Prize Director at CGA, said “Indie Prize is a place where you can meet indie developers from all over the globe, level up your knowledge by attending lectures from featured speakers at Casual Connect, and network with game industry professionals at Casual Connect’s famous parties. It is a combination of work, education and fun!”
To find out more about Ruya visit http://www.miracleteastudios.com/
To find out more about Computer Games Design at the University of Suffolk visit www.uos.ac.uk/computergamesdesign
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