Worthing students £50,000 richer after winning Independent Propeller Award

Marco Marino and Matt Woolven
Marco Marino and Matt Woolven
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TWO Worthing students are $50,000 richer after winning an American award for the computer game they created.

Marco Marino, 19, and Matt Woolven, 20, who studied at Northbrook College, have also been offered a contract with a publisher in the USA.

They won the Independent Propeller Award at SXSW Screenburn in Texas, but are still deciding whether to sign with the American publisher or set up their own company.

They also won the Student Showcase award at the Independent Games Festival.

Their winning game, GLiD, is a single-player game which features a gentle insect-type creature, tasked with exploring and restoring an abandoned world.

Matt said: “It’s been pretty crazy and we’ve had people like Sony approach us.

“The picture has been changing very fast and we are hoping that GLiD will be available across all platforms including: xbox, PS3, iPhone and iPad.”

Matt, who is dyslexic, has been receiving extra support during his studies.

He said he is keen to encourage other students with dyslexia to follow their dreams.

Matt took the BA degree in communication design, while Marco was a former student on the BTEC Art and Design course, both at Northbrook.