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Game development students from Sheffield Hallam University are celebrating after winning a host of awards in the North's biggest games industry-led awards.

A team from the Steel Minions development studio at Sheffield Hallam stole the show with their Bounceback game for Sony's PlayStation minis format, winning first prize in the game design, game technology and best team categories.

Game Republic managing director Jamie Sefton said: "This year's Student Showcase was the biggest yet, with a very high standard of entries from all our educational partners.

"For Sheffield Hallam's Steel Minions studio to win three first prize awards against such competition was an incredible achievement."

The fifth Game Republic Student Showcase was judged by professionals from four Yorkshire games companies, and 25 projects were entered by more than 80 students from five universities and colleges in the region.

Senior lecturer in games development at the University, Dr Jake Habgood, said: "Initiatives like Sheffield Hallam's game studio provide a fantastic environment for nurturing new industry talent. How many students can claim to have a published console title to their name at the point of graduating?"

The award winning students have now got their sights set on exhibiting their game alongside Sheffield-based top games developers SUMO-Digital at the Games Britannia: REPLAYED expo at Magna on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July.

Bounceback team

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Nick Abbott, the game's lead designer, said: "It's a real privilege for us to exhibit our game at a public games expo in the same space as the incredible games produced by companies like SUMO-Digital, SEGA, Nintendo and Namco-Bandai. The team is really excited about being a part of it."

The Bounceback game will be available to purchase on the PlayStation Network store later this summer.

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