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Andy Serkis launches Game Eden

Andy Serkis launches Game Eden

Andy Serkis may be a nice guy, but he gets nasty very fast if members don't pay their fees...

Digital man Andy Serkis has just launched a new initiative called Game Eden which is aimed at encouraging and promoting the growth of game developers based in the UK.

According to Gamasutra, Serkis will act as the groups leader of sorts and is starting off the idea in the east of England, but hopes to expand it soon. Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies and also had a role in Heavenly Sword, hopes to use the initiative to grow the game development industry in the UK.

Game Eden will use a website alongside various networking events (read: parties) to get locally based developers in touch with each other.

The whole idea is being financed by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), East of England International (EEI), Screen East and FDMX. The project will then be lead by a committee of representatives from the likes of Sony, Zoonami and Ninja Theory who will direct the operations of Game Eden.

The launch of Game Eden comes at a time when many UK-based developers are complaining about the lack of government support when compared to other artistic media, such as film. The UK has also fallen on the games development rankings this year, evidencing the declining state of UK developers.

Should game developers get government support or should Parliament be focusing its efforts elsewhere? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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outlawaol 5th December 2007, 08:31 Quote
They had better be careful. The power may consume and overcome him. One must never have a ringleader position...

And, to stay on subject, that is interesting that he got involved with something like this. I mean, he dosnt have to spend his hundreds of millions to help anyone.

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Woodstock 5th December 2007, 10:07 Quote
my precioussss, i find it interesting that hes willing to help uk based developers. off topic i found it fascinating how they used all those sensors on him for gollum in lotr (but then again i find most things that weka studios do fascinating) one of few times ive actually looked at the special features on a dvd
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