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FXP 2023: Cambridge’s FREE student game-design festival returns for 7th year

Here’s how to register your team’s interest for FXP Festival 2023!

On your marks, get set, GAME! Registrations are now open for FXP Festival 2023.

Now in its 7th year, the free Cambridgeshire-based education initiative is focused on making computer and mobile game design and development accessible for young people (aged 12-19) across the region. 

FXP Festival is a great opportunity for young adults to develop a range of skills from teamwork and communication within coding, design, art, creative writing, and project management. It focusses on three core strands of game development – game design, game creation and game storytelling – to open the world of video game design to youngsters from all backgrounds.

This year, FXP Festival will take place under two guises, online and in-person. Both tracks are completely free and will have their own theme – so teams can take part in either, or both!
Now open for schools to register, the virtual festival will run over a 16-week period, launching on 6th March 2023, while the live event will take place across three days in July.

Alison Taylor, FXP Festival co-founder and trustee, and Managing Director of Conscious Communications said: “I’m very excited to announce that FXP Festival is returning for 2023 – and registrations are now open. We can’t wait to see what amazing and innovative ideas the teams come up with this year. The event is always such a delight to host and be a part of and I’m so pleased that we can extend it online too – and for free! This means whatever their background, young adults from across East Anglia can develop new and impressive skills, which could open doors, they had never thought about, down the line.” 

FXP Festival was created in 2016 as an initiative to get more young adults interested in STEM. In 2020, FXP became an official registered charity and from there it has gained traction as a must-not-miss event for schools across the county.

The free event attracts teams with a wide variety of abilities and interests. From those who are skilled at coding to those who are more interested in the artistry of game design and storytelling.
FXP Festival 2023 will have three core modules that will be directed by experts in the gaming industry, including Mark Ogilvie, Creative Director at Jagex, who will lead the Game Concept & Design module

The Game Narrative and Game Production modules will also return for 2023, providing students with the opportunity to focus on both the technical and creative elements of game design.

Mark Ogilvie, FXP Festival co-founder and trustee, and expert lead for the Game Concept & Design module, said: “FXP is a fantastic way for young designers to embrace the craft of making digital games in all its different forms. It’s important to point out that this isn’t just about the writing of code – in fact, you can skip that entirely if you want. Designing gameplay, coming up with characters, writing the stories those characters act out and finally pitching the game are all things you can do within the FXP competition… just pick the parts you want to do and blow our socks off with your creativity!”

FXP Festival is open to entries from all schools and colleges in Cambridgeshire. Each team can include up to five people aged between 12 and 19, however, projects will be judged in two age categories: Years 8 – 11 and further education (FE).

To find out about sponsorship opportunities, or to register your school’s interest, visit fxpfestival.com.

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