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Finnruns is promoting Speedrunning hobby and orginizing Speedrunning events to the people around Finland. If you want to learn more about the speedrunning techniques in different games, you have come to the right place!

First, what is Speedrunning? Some people might stumble acrosss this term and do not understand what it means. Basically, speedrunning is running through the game as fast as possible with different Categories, for example Glitchless and Any%. In different categories you are either allowed or not to use glitches to make your run even faster.

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Games Factory Talents is a Helsinki-based Talent Attraction Agency dedicated to the Games & Creative Industry. They encourage resourceful sourcing techniques so that the clients may employ people from all around the world. Based on the studio's needs, the team of qualified specialists searches for and assists in the employment of suitable team members.

What is Games Jobs Fair? Games Jobs Fair is an Online event dedicated to Recruitment and Career-building in the Games Undustry. Its goal is empowering participants to be part of a bigger community and motivating them to explore new paths in achieving their career goals. Organizing Virtual Job Fairs, where they remove the barrier of distance and link Finnish Studios with Worldwide Talent, is one of their services.

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The Game Development World Championship (GDWC) is shocked and appalled by the actions of the Russian government in Ukraine.

The values of community and co-operation have always been at the heart of the GDWC. In accordance with these values and together with the global community, the GDWC condemns this attack and extends its support to Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and the developers and studios affected by this savage and inhumane attack.

Standing together in support of those impacted by this attack is crucial. The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has collected a great and updating list of resources and ways to support Ukraine. Find it here.

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BusinessOulu invites people from around the world to Game Team Seminar on the GDWC 2021 Awards, everyone is welcome to join! Their goal is to build a network of people interested in games and the Gaming Industry and get to know the field from a Business Perspective.

You can join either as an individual, in which case they will help you find a team, or as an existing team. Participation is free of charge. Don't worry, nobody will be single, you will find yourself a friend. ;)

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Fan Favorite Winner is Majorariatto with pureya. Majorariatto is an indie game studio from Spain which makes games focused on interactive narratives. Congratulations!

Pureya is a collection of arcade minigames that play with just 2 buttons and switch randomly from one to the next every 10 seconds. Avoid obstacles and collect as many marbles as you can then use them in the pachinko machine to unlock new minigames, music, and skins.

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Who is the Fans' Favorite of them all? Gamers have been voting for their favorite games through GDWC 2021 in the Fan Favorite Category weekly votes, and a total of 41 games have been nominated.

Now, they face off in the Final Fan Favorite vote for the win. The Vote is already open, starting on January 17 and lasting till January 31. Vote for you favorite from GDWC website!



OONA, THE DRUID´S PATH by Astro Pup Games
BEYOND MANKIND: THE AWAKENING by Brytenwalda Studios
SWORD OF THE NECROMANCER by Grimorio of Games
BLUE FIRE by Robi Studios

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Majorariatto, a team from Spain wins Fan Favorite Vote 41 with pureya, a collection of 30+ minigames.

"pureya is a collection of arcade minigames that play with just 2 buttons and switch randomly from one to the next every 10 seconds. Avoid obstacles and collect as many marbles as you can, then use them in the pachinko machine to unlock new minigames, music and skins."



In second place is Aveliana by TheFrenchDev (France)

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Today we are joined by JJ Shaw to discuss his win at the GDWC Mascot Design Competition, and the winning design titled Jooy. The Mascot Design Competition goal was to find GDWC a mascot that's friendly and funny and represents the fun and creativity of gaming and game development.

According to JJ, his creation, Jooy, was "inspired by the shape of the joystick of the game, and a cool head is designed according to the shape of the joystick." He also used the human figure for expressing competitiveness and the simple blue lines to represent technology.

Can you tell us a little bit about who you are?
"My name is JJ Shaw, and I am 24 years old. I am a designer/artist. I'm from Johor in Malaysia."

How long have you been an artist?
"I have been an artist for 3 years."

Was it always your dream to do art professionally?
"My dream was always to become a game concept artist. After I graduate, I will continue to stick to my passion as a graphic designer."

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ASTREIA'S GIFT by ASTREIA'S GIFT, a 14-member student team from France is the winner of the Fan Favorite Vote 40. Congrats!

"The people of the lunar planet have disappeared! Embody Astreia, a being of light from the solar planet, and try to find them. By opening portals between these two worlds, explore the abandoned living city, but be aware, it will not let you pass so easily..."

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Orc Chop Games, a studio from Philippines wins Fan Favorite Vote 39 with Goblin Stone. Congratulations!

"Goblin Stone is a turn-based RPG told from a goblin's perspective. Adventurers have pushed goblins and orcs to near extinction: it's now time to fight back. Gather a ragtag group of goblins and journey through an epic procedurally generated world, as you change their fate in this narrated adventure."

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GDWC 2021 Mascot Design Competition winner is JJ Shaw with lovely cat controller JOOY. Congratulations!



"The mascot is inspired by the shape of the joystick of the game, and a cool head is designed according to the shape of the joystick. Use human figures to express competition and simple lines with blue borders to present a sense of technology."


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Fan Favorite vote 38 winner is Innominate Games from Poland with CountryBalls Heroes!



"CountryBalls Heroes is a game where you get to play as your favorite Countryball. Become a legend by leading massive Countryball armies. Create your forces, build master-planned cities, gather powerful artifacts, and prove that your Countryball is the most powerful."

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Fan Favorite vote 37 winner is Team Kity from Spain with Kity builder!



"Kity Builder is a relaxing and cute city building and exploration game about searching for lost blueprints around a desert archipelago to decorate its islands. You'll get creative designing dreamlike cities for other kitties to live in, while you calmly explore the peaceful ocean."

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Fan Favorite Vote 36 winner is Martial Law by FIXER, a team from Poland!



"Martial Law is a game about difficulties that came with Communism in Poland. Game is meant to visualize the realities of Polish families back then, their ways of thinking and understanding the world. The story is shown from the perspective of a man who is abandoned because of his low social status. He tries his best to be there for his daughter despite the difficulties. Game is also meant to be educational. There are many places you can stop to learn more about Polish culture from the communist era."

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Today we're joined by Kelly Ng Wan and Hagen Deloss from Autodesk to discuss the Student Game Award which is a new category in this year's Game Development World Championship launched with the help and support of Autodesk.







Hi Kelly and Hagen, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do at Autodesk?

Hagen: I have been making games for about 12 years now, in various capacities. I joined Autodesk almost 4 years ago to help with 3ds Max community support, and eventually found myself in the Media & Entertainment Community Engagement role. I currently help manage Autodesk social media accounts for Maya, 3ds Max, and ShotGrid, as well as run our influencer program and various activities on our community website, AREA. I've been an active mentor in my local Portland game dev scene, as well as Jurying roles for Indiecade. I love to help creators obtain their goals!

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Fan Favorite Vote 34 winner is A Township Tale by Alta, an independent VR game development studio from Australia!



"Band together with your friends and explore a long-forgotten world filled with adventure, danger, and ancient secrets. Tame the wilderness as a group and build your own town. A sanctuary in this wild land, your town is where you'll craft gear for your next expedition. It takes all kinds of heroes to make a successful town. Will you be a warrior? A miner? A blacksmith? Choose your destiny, and unlock new abilities for your town and your party."

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Fan Favorite Vote 33 winner is Avian by Royale Monkey, a team of students from France!



"Avian is an adventure musical experience, where you play as the last guardian tasked to save his world with his ancestral flute! Save your fallen brothers in this refreshing game, where you play as a guardian of a long lost civilization. You are the last hope of your world as your brothers have fallen in battle... Will you step up to the adventure?"

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The Red Dead Redemption series in undoubtedly the best-known representation of Western genre in video games. John Marston and Arthur Morgan have cemented their positions as well-loved protagonists and the themes of redemption, change and survival echo strong in the minds of those who have experienced the tragic and nuanced story of the Van der Linde gang. Set in the end of the mythical Old West era of the United States, Red Dead Redemption (2010) and its acclaimed prequel Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) perfectly encapsulate the thematic journey of the Western and the fading frontier spirit which gave way to the industrialization of the 20th century.

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Fan Favorite Vote 32 winner is Project Haven by Code Three Fifty One from Portugal! Congrats to the winners.



"Project Haven brings a gritty dystopian story, along with the intricate mechanics of the classics, to the Tactical Turn-Based genre. Alone or in co-op up to 4 players, the player commands the Steel Dragons, a mercenary outfit fighting for survival in the harsh streets of Haven City, the last city of Earth."

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31st Fan Favorite vote has come to an end and we have a winner! Ephesus by The Pack Studios from Turkey! Congrats to the Winning team!



"Ephesus is an exploration and survival game adorned with a unique story. Write your own destiny through the West Aegean Coast of the glorious Roman Empire. While you're on the path, don't forget to stay alive!"

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