Canalside Studios is an award-winning development studio within the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. It is supported by a team made up of postgraduate and undergraduate students and overseen by academic staff who specialise in the areas of Computer Games Design and Computer Games Programming.
Established in 2006, the Studio was one of the first of its kind in the UK.
The hard work, skill and dedication of the staff in the studio enables them to build strong relationships with local and national games development communities.
Alumni of Canalside Studios have gone on to work with some of the most famous and respected names in game development, including Rockstar, Rebellion Studios and Team 17.
Canalside Studios was founded by the University of Huddersfield in 2006 and takes its name from the building where the Studio is based.
The Studio enjoyed massive early success when, in 2007, students were awarded second place in Microsoft's inaugural Dream Build Play with their game, "Yo-Ho Kablammo". Seeing off competition from over 3,600 entrants, the Team took home a game development contract with Microsoft. Once "Yo-Ho Kablammo" was completed, it was released on Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Arcade marketplace to give gamers a first taste of the Canalside Studios experience.
Barely a year later, a member of the Studio picked up the prestigious Imagine Cup award in Games Design at Microsoft UK for their game "Drizzle"; this unique environmental game is available on PC and Xbox 360. The Studio has built on its early success and has gone on to win multiple competitions including prizes at Microsoft's X48 event and most recently in the Game Republic Showcase competition. The Studio has also worked in partnership with the Royal Armouries in Leeds to create educational games for use at the museum.
The most recent Xbox game released is "Hover Havoc", a action-packed pickup ‘n’ play party brawler, for up to four players that is available on Steam.