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Silicon Spa games developers plug in for inaugral festival

Editorial Correspondent 5th Feb, 2019 Updated: 5th Feb, 2019

THE GAMING industry came together in Silicon Spa to celebrate its success and look to the future.

Leamington – which is home to a cluster of over 40 gaming companies which has earned it the nickname Silicon Spa – played host to the inaugural Interactive Futures Games Festival which saw developers and gamers plug in at the Spa Centre.

Household names from ‘Codemasters’ – which set up its studio some 30 years ago in nearby Southam – to ‘Ubisoft’ and ‘Sega Hardlight’ were at the three day event to inspire and hook up with gamers and tech students alike.

Established and aspiring developers showcased their creations from retro gaming to virtual reality and video games consoles.

Southam-based Reality in Virtual Reality (RiVR) invited gamers to experience its virtual worlds used by the fire service and the UK home office for training purposes.

Managing director Alex Harvey said: “Our historical preservation technology allows us to scan a real world space or object world into virtual reality and keeping it forever.

“We are built from the ground up for virtual reality. But now there’s a call for companies to use it to give a more of an immersive feel to playing inside console games.

“Companies like Codemasters has started including virtual reality in its ‘Dirt’ games series which is amazing.”

RiVR currently employs ten staff and is among the many Warwickshire companies looking to expand.

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