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26 Apr 2016

JAMK students are invited to pitch their game at the Nordic Game Conference

Game development team Astral Hit has been invited to pitch its computer game at the international Nordic Game Conference in Malmö, Sweden, on 18–20 May 2016. The team includes three students from JAMK’s degree programme in Business Information Systems.

Jyväskylä-based game development team Astral Hit has been invited to pitch its computer game at the international Nordic Game Conference in Malmö on 18–20 May 2016.  Nordic Game has been called one of the most important events in the game industry.

 Nordic Game provides game developers with a great chance to get feedback and visibility for their games, with the teams pitching their games to sponsors and game publishers. The event receives a very large number of applications, and of all the applicants, about 30 game developers are invited to participate.

 “I knew that the idea was original and might stand out, but I was still baffled by the invitation,” says the man behind the idea, Miika Lindén, a game developer and student of Business Information Technology at JAMK University of Applied Sciences. The game team also includes two other Business Information Systems students from JAMK.

The game is called The World I See, and its main character is a blind boy whose grandparents disappear mysteriously. The boy sets out on an adventure in a fantasy world to look for them.

 “I have a three-year-old son who is blind. With the game, we want to get people thinking about what the world is like for blind people,” Miika says.

 Miika Lindén, who lives in Jyväskylä, used to work as a practical nurse. He started studying Business Information Systems because he has always been technically oriented and wanted to experience something else in his career besides nursing. His interest in the game industry was sparked by his studies.

 “Last year, we went on a field trip to Nordic Game. It was there that I realised that games are what I want to do.”

 “We started designing The World I See in the Game Lab in autumn 2015. The visuals and sounds are close to completion now, but we are still working on the contents and technology,” Miika says.

 JAMK’s students may specialise in game design in their Bachelor of Business Administration degree. www.jamk.fi/pelialalle

JKL Game Lab is a joint game development venture between the University of Jyväskylä and JAMK. www.jklgamelab.fi