Six students and alumni from the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi’s Game Design program won awards during the Brazil Game Jam, a competition held during the Brazil Game Show earlier this month in Sao Paulo. After a marathon to develop a game that lasted 48 hours, third-year students Artur Vidal, José Roberto Fostes and Guilherme Ramalho won the contest with the game Mad Pix.
The game topped four other competitors in a popular vote. It is a platform game, whose roots are similar to Super Mario World, according to Vidal. "We were very pleased with the references we used for both the mechanics and for the visuals. We breathed in the elements of older games and applied the elements in our game," he said. In another competition during the same event, alumni Allan Michael Smith, Fernando Colombo de Almeida and Danilo Franco Alcantara Paiva won the Independent Games Competition.
From its roots as a pastime for children and adults, the gaming market is very lucrative and has exploded in recent years in Brazil, which is currently the fourth largest market for games in the world. According to a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the gaming sector in Brazil earned 840 million Reais last year and could reach 4 billion Reais by 2016, growing on average by 7.1% per year. According to IBOPE, one in five Brazilians, or 45.2 million people, are frequent or occasional players.
Anhembi Morumbi, seeking to meet this growing demand through helping to develop highly trained and specialized employees, was the first in Brazil to launch a program in Games Design. The undergraduate degree, lasting four years, provides a solid foundation in design, 3D modeling and animation, and integrates laboratories activities that are designed with the most advanced technologies to maximize learning.
"The Universidade Anhembi Morumbi Games Design program encourages creative production, which results in significant awards and recognitions, like our students and alumni who performed so well in the BRGames, a program from the Ministry of Culture that seeks to stimulate the development of the Brazilian gaming industry," said Delmar Galisi, coordinator of Anhembi Morumbi’s Games Design program.
This article was originally written in Portuguese and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.