Make Something Unreal mentors discuss how to get started, gaming’s future

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 13 April 2012 21:38 GMT

Epic and Train2Game are at Gadget Show Live 2012, which is going on in Birmingham, UK until April 15, where four start-up studios are creating iOS games based on Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson’s Fighting Fantasy series of role-playing books. Below the break, is a video of the panel Train2Game held yesterday.

The panel featured discussions on how to get started and how to win in the gaming industry, as well as what the future hold for the medium.

Panel members consisted of: Tony Bickley, COO, Deep Red Studios; Mike Gamble, European licensing manager, Epic Games; Rik Alexander, founder, AppCrowd; and Pete Hickman, head of production at Mediatonic.

Each member of the panel are also present at the Make Something Unreal Event in order to mentor the teams creating the Fighting Fantasy titles and make sure “intellectual property guidelines,” are adhered to.

Fighting Fantasy projects to be revealed publicly during the event are: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters, The Citadel of Chaos: Dire Consequences, Deathtrap Dungeon and Armies of Death: Rise of Agglax.”

Those judging the project include a veritable who’s who of the gaming industry such as Peter Molyneux, Dr. Jo Twist, Can Baverstock, Ian Livingstone, and Cliff Bleszinski.

On the final day, April 15, Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone will select the winning team, who will walk away with a full commercial Unreal Engine 3 license for iOS. A portion of the proceeds from the winning game’s sales will also be donated to The Prince’s Trust.

Enjoy the video below.

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