Epic announces finalists for Gadget Show game jam

Epic Games has revealed the three teams it has chosen to take part in its game jam at The Gadget Show Live in April.

The company held a game jam at the University Of Bedford two weeks ago, and the three winning teams – plus a fourth made up of the brightest talent in teams that didn't make the cut – will now start work on iOS games using the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) with support from staff at Epic Games, Train2Game, Deep Red Studios and other industry veterans. The ultimate winner of the Gadget Show contest, Make Something Unreal Live, will receive a commercial Unreal Engine 3 iOS license.

The Train2Game And Epic Game Jam tasked entrants with developing an iOS game from scratch in 48 hours under the theme of Guy Fawkes. The winner was The A-Team, which made a side-scrolling action game set in a 17th century provincial town. Second and third place went to Nova Eye and Team Gandalf respectively.

Epic's Mike Gamble said: "All the game jam participants can wear their battle scars with pride, and for the winners, it's just the start of the biggest opportunity of their careers so far. More surprises for this competition are in store.

"We are on track to bring new games to the App Store through this effort, and it's great history in the making."

Jonny Robinson of The A-Team added: "Our game actually broke an hour before it was going to be shown to the judges, and the team bundled together and managed to build it again, which is amazing.

"The pressure of going to The Gadget Show Live is amazing, it’s a real win and I’m glad not for me, but the team, they’ve really earned it."

The Gadget Show Live 2012 runs from April 11 to 15 at the NEC in Birmingham.