Birmingham City Council

Library of Birmingham seeks game developer for ground-breaking new project

Birmingham City Council has announced this morning that it is seeking pitches from talented and creative game developers to produce an innovative new gaming experience for the Library of Birmingham. The announcement was made by Jason Hall, Head of Network and Partnerships of Games Central, at LAUNCH, the leading games industry focused conference in the Midlands. The Library aims to develop the chosen concept ready for the opening of the new £188.8 million building in 2013.

The selected company will be required to will be required to work with the Library's technology partner, Service Birmingham, to create a gaming experience which will allow members of the public to enjoy the content and services of the Library of Birmingham using the latest mobile and tablet hardware. It should aim to attract new audiences to the Library and will be just one of a range of online services allowing users to discover and learn from the Library's collections. The new Library's 24/7 online presence with increased access to the Library's collections and services will be as important as the landmark cultural building on Birmingham's Centenary Square. By harnessing new technology, everyone from Birmingham to Beijing, Bangalore and beyond will be able to access the Library of Birmingham's world-class resources.

Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "When the new Library of Birmingham opens in 2013 it will provide people with much greater access to both our world-class collections and services - both online and via the magnificent new building on Centenary Square as well.

"This gaming experience is an exciting opportunity for us to embrace state-of-the-art technologies and attract new audiences to the internationally important collections and extensive content of the new Library. We are looking for a company who will work creatively with us to create an exciting gaming experience which will be as ground-breaking as the new Library."

The successful developer will receive a prototype fund to further develop their concept with an option of further funding if the project is then approved for full development. The final gaming experience would be launched to coincide with the Library opening.

The deadline for submissions is 30 November. For further information please contact Rebecca Cadwallader, Library of Birmingham, Innovation Project Lead, at rebecca.cadwallader@servicebirmingham.co.uk or on 07966 913562


Timetable for submissions:

30 November Submission deadline

5 December Shortlist announced

6 - 15 December Period of pitch support/ due diligence

16 December Final concept pitch


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