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Butler of Andover Hosts Summer 17 ICT Game Jam

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Published: Friday, September 22nd, 2017

This Year’s Large Turnout Leads Butler to Host Future Summer Competitions.

Butler of Andover hosted ICT Game Jam, a three-day community game development competition. This year’s turnout was the competition’s largest in its three-year history, with more than 45 people (16 teams) being a part of the weekend-long competition. The turnout, which included more than 150 spectators, along with positive feedback from DevICT, has encouraged Butler of Andover’s Interactive, Digital, and 3D Technology Department to host the competition every summer.

ICT Game Jam kicked off on Friday, July 28. That evening, participants chose teams, were told the theme for the competition and began developing their games. The next day, teams gathered to spend the day working on their games. On the last day, competitors added finishing touches, games were judged, and cash prizes were awarded for the Judges' Choice, as well as Community Choice. The prizes ranged from $400 - $1,200. The Judges’ Choice team was led by Kyle Toom, a 2016 graduate from Butler’s Early College 3D Academy (EC3DA). His team’s game was Brave New Work. The Community Choice game was Mr. PixelWizard’s Ultimate Demise.

Jim Rice started ICT Game Jam at MakeICT/DEVict three years ago. Butler’s Interactive, Digital and 3D Technology Department has continued as sponsors since the Jam’s premier and look forward to becoming an annual host.

“Butler is extremely proud to have a winner that is a Game Design graduate from the Early College 3D Academy,” said Department Chair of Interactive, Digital and 3D Technology, Darryl Runyan. “We are excited to host future ICT Game Jam. It’s been a great three years working with Jim and DevICT to make this happen.”