A team of USW Games students who won £25,000 as part of a national competition for talented young games developers have now set up their own video game studio following graduation, pitching to Playstation in their first year of business!
Laura Wells, Thomas Woodward, Liam Jones and Kevin Ho founded Mochi Mode in 2017 after wowing the judges and public with 'Moo Moo Move', an arcade game with bright visuals and simple gameplay that sees players controlling a herd of cows.
Since graduating, Mochi Mode have gone from strength to strength, and further developed both 'Moo Moo Move' and their business.
"Since the competition, we've had an amazing time. We developed a second game 'Hustle Heroes', which we pitched to Playstation in their London offices, which was very surreal. The game wasn't quite what they were looking for but it was still an incredible experience.
We were also chosen to be part of the NatWest Entrepreneurial programme, which gave us free office space, business guidance and legal advice, which has been invaluable.
We're now developing our original game 'Moo Moo Move' further with the plan to release on STEAM and Nintendo Switch early next year.
The whole company is also planning to return to University of South Wales to study MA Games Enterprise. It's a great opportunity to develop our skills - and we'll be able to submit a lot of work we want to do on the game, as part of our assignments also. It's a good way to gain an additional qualification whilst still developing and learning from the Games academics at USW, all of whom have been such great mentors to us."