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Gotland Game Awards offers €300,000 prize

Lionhead, Crytek and Starbreeze to judge Swedish student competition entries

The University of Gotland in Sweden has announced plans for the 2010 Gotland Game Awards (GGA), which will include a student competition prize pool of €300,000 (£251,000/$368,000).

Due to take place on June 7-8, the GGA will see 500 students demonstrating games they have been working on for the past year. Thanks to donations from sponsors, winners in the 18 separate categories will be competing for prizes ranging from retail games and software to invitations to other international student events.

A number of prominent developers will also be in attendance to comment on the students' games, including Microsoft, Lionhead Studios, Crytek; and Swedish companies Paradox Interactive, Avalanche Studios and Starbreeze Studios.

Also under consideration at the awards are computer-animated movies, with animators John Klepper and Steven Ilous from The Matrix Trilogy providing feedback to entrants.

"The award ceremony is highly motivating for us students. The school gives us an opportunity to take the theory we've learned and put it into practice and getting to show off our games to the public is incredibly exciting," said student Sara Pauni.

Further information on the event can be found at the official website.

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