Town student wins game design prize

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AN ILKESTON student is celebrating after being handed a contract to design and market a video game.

Tom Constable, 23, was part of a team called Commando Kiwi whose game was chosen as the winning design at Gadget Show Live.

His team were tasked with designing a game based on the book The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

Tom, who studied game development at South East Derbyshire College, said: “We designed another game at the end of last year and were chosen to take part in the Gadget Show Live competition.

“It was great fun and it’s brilliant that we’ve won and the experience is invaluable.

“We’ve basically been given a licence to sell the game and a contract to design more.”

The winning game will be put up for sale on the App Store, an online shop that sells games and applications for iPads and iPhones.

Commando Kiwi’s game was chosen by industry leaders and judges as the winner after the team presented their design throughout the Gadget Show Live event.

Tom, now studying game play and production at Staffordshire University, added: “Because we won the competition we become a game design studio and we can create and market more games.

“It’s a great opportunity for us and we’re excited to carry on creating new games.”

Tom’s mum, Wendy Wallis, said: “I know Tom and all the team are really excited about winning the project.

“They worked really hard on the game and they are really happy it all paid off.

“Winning the contract is a really big deal and will hopefully mean the they can design more games.”

A portion of the profits made on the sale of the team’s game will go to the Prince’s Trust.