Two Games Design and Animation students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London beat off stiff competition at the World Skills UK Games Development Competition Finals earlier this month where they competed against students from five other colleges.

Earlier in the year, the competition allowed colleges to submit two entries from their most talented students for the chance to compete in the national finals held at World Skills UK Show at the Birmingham NEC.

The College was chosen as one of five finalists after work from Dominic Esprit and Michael Elesheku impressed judges.

At the finals, Dominic and Michael were given a brief to recreate the ancient City of Ur for the chance to win a gold, silver or bronze medal or to be highly commended for their work.

Dominic and Michael worked on their design for two and half days at the NEC, watched by industry expert judges who eventually awarded Dominic with the bronze medal and highly commended fellow student Michael for his design.

The event was attended by over 100,000 people and provided an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their skills and educate people on the intricacies of games development.

Dominic, who wants to specialise in 3D modelling, said: “The competition provided the perfect opportunity to see what it is like working as a 3D modeller,” while Michael added: “it was a great event and I’m really proud with my result.”

An industry judge from Codemasters (global games developer and publisher) who works with some of the best 3D environment artists in the world was highly impressed with the standard of work and comparing it to the level of university students.

Tutor, Garfield Gordon, said: "A fantastic outcome for Dominic and Michael. They enjoyed the competition and applied themselves to a very high standard. It was a great showcase for the games development industry."

Vice Principal of Curriculum and Learner Experience, Jane O’Neill, said: “It’s important that we get our students involved in these types of competitions. They reward real talent and provide students with the confidence to compete confidently in the industry, which is ultimately what they will have to do once they finish their studies. I am very proud of our students’ accomplishments and congratulate them on their achievements.”

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