It is now August and time to get back to work and/or school! As you might remember from earlier, Bo Hallqvist has stepped down as Head of Educations of Futuregames, but we are pleased to announce that our new Head of Education is Mattias Escudero Liljeqvist! And while they say that a picture tells more than a thousand words, we decided it was best to introduce him properly.
Hello Mattias! Tell us a little bit about what you did before you came to Futuregames.
For the past 7 years, I have worked as a project manager for the organization Kista Science City AB. My overall mission was to promote the location and the ICT-cluster Kista Science City. My focus and responsibilities was talent transfer and regional excellence. To put it in other words: I worked a lot with projects, events and networks to get the city, industry and different schools and universities to cooperate more and better together.
Where does the game industry fit into all of this?
A big part of my previous assignment was to keep up to date with various areas that were relevant for my region and business partners. I started mapping the game development industry quite early and since 2010 I’ve kept up to date to benefit my networks, especially on what has been going on in Stockholm and within IT-development. I also have a personal interest in our gamer culture (mostly within e-sports and cosplay) and I have been creating several non-profit youth organizations and networks. I strongly believe in the potential of our young and tech-savvy generations.
What will you bring to Futuregame?
I believe that I will bring a lot of ambition and a playful energy to Futuregames. I will be working a lot with both the school and the individual students profiles, I believe there is a lot to show. I hope to bring a strong feeling of pride to the school and boost our Swedish games industry with world class developers.
Enough business talk! Let’s talk about games! What kind of games do you like?
I have to admit that I’m mostly drawn to anything new and innovative, I love games in all shapes and sizes. I enjoy looking at, reading about and talking about games, but I rarely stay with one game for long before moving on to something new. I am, however, a old Blizzard -fan and I’m very fond of MOBA type games, right now I play a lot of HotS. I also have a weakness for dystopian RPGs like Metro 2033 and adventures like Final Fantasy. But what I love the most, is to gather a bunch of friends for some fine whiskey, great BBQ and some tactical game of Rainbow Six or Battlefield. :)
Thank you for your time, Mattias, and welcome to Futuregames!
And now for a bit of news. Bo Hallqvist will step down from his post as Head of Educations at Futuregames on June 30. He would like to thank you all for these three, lovely years at Futuregames and wishes all the best in the future for both past and present students, as well as a terrific summer for everyone!
Bo himself will be moving forward working with social and enviromental sustainability, and intends to build a low-energy house that should be finished by spring 2016.
Thank you, Bo, for these years, and best of luck to you on all your future projects!
June 26th is just around the corner, and we have so many cool games to show you! There’s still a few days left before the event so there might be some additions to the list before friday, but we have a rather impressive collection so far!
Adventure on Clover Island
The Solus Project
A story about my uncle
In addition to these games, we will of course show you some of the latest creations from the students of Futuregames. All of these games will shown at the event, and most of them WILL be playable.
Hooray! Let’s celebrate! Why? Well, because one of our student projects won two awards at the Swedish Game Awards! It is with great pleasure that we say CONGRATULATIONS to Right Nice Productions and their game:
Adventure on Clover Island
Adventure on Clover Island is an homage to the classic platformer giants like Ratchet & Clank and Jak & Daxter. It revolves around the genderless hero who tries to stop the evil C.R.T. (Cranky Robot Television) from using Clover Islands natural resources in order to get rich.
Discover the hidden gadgets located around the island and use them to suit your playstyle as you progress throughout the game. With gadgets like the Crushing Ball, the Speed Sphere, The Jump Pad and the Hover Wing there is something for every platform enthusiast.
Kalle Nyström, Jacob Lundgren and Eric Sjösten
Ida Tengs Sviggum, Johan Åberg, Evelina Kolovou, Jakob Gavelli and Erik Rading.
Adventure on Clover Island is nominated for: Best Execution in Art Game of the Year
And guess what? They won in both categories! Hip hip, hooray! I bet you’re all curious about that game now, huh?
On June 26’th, we’re holding a super awesome indie game event at the school premises, and you are all invited! This is an excellent opportunity to mingle with the Stockholm indie scene and see some of their great games. Adventure on Clover Island is one of the games that will be playable at the event, so come check it out!
June 26 from 14.00 until the evening in central Södermalm you are all very welcome to a full day, casual indie game event along with an Unreal Engine 4 presentation and meetup to start off summer. Futuregames will host Future Summer at the school’s premises during the day, and at 17.30 the day will morph into an official Unreal Engine 4 presentation and meeting.
There will be a number of indie developers from the Stockholm region showing their games, but above all this is meant to give people the chance to catch up with each other and just have a chat.
It is completely free for anyone to attend or who wants to show their games at the event. If you want to show your game please get in touch with Sjoerd by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to join in as a regular guest, just come over! Everyone is welcome. :)
After the main event, Epic games is hosting a Unreal Engine Evening , followed by an after party with free drinks and and snacks.