Budding student game developers win big at Pan-Pacific awards

Void team members and graduates of DigiPen-Ubisoft Campus (standing), and 2nd year DigiPen degree programme undergraduates (seated) from the Pixi team with their awards. -- PHOTO: DigiPen Institute of Technology-Singapore

A six-member team named Minus 5 from the DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore (DigiPen) took home two awards at the 3rd Annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) China which ended last Monday. They were one of three student teams from Singapore that together managed a clean sweep of awards in the student category of the competition, which recognises the best in independent video game development in the Pan-Pacific region. Their product, Void, also clinched the Excellence in Technology award in the main competition besides winning Best Student Game. The other winners are Pixi, a psychedelic 2-D action game that is also from DigiPen, and Robotany a garden-building sandbox game from the GAMBIT Game Lab. It is also noted that both DigiPen and the Singapore-MIT Game Lab are collaborations between government agencies here and the respective foreign institutions: the first with the Singapore Institute of Technology, and the second with the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

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