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E3 student game contest finalists announced

Budding game developers from five schools will be honored at the annual E3 College Game Competition, due to take place in two weeks time.

E3 organizer and game publisher trade body, the Entertainment Software Association today announced the five finalists of its contest, who were chosen by a panel of game creators and industry professionals, (including Polygon's news editor Brian Crecente.) 400 U.S. colleges and universities were originally invited to join the contest and submit game projects. Winners will be announced at E3.

The finalists are Lawrence Technology University; Savannah College of Art and Design; University of Denver; University of Texas at Austin and University of Utah.

"Young developers are the lifeblood of our industry. Their creativity, vision, and spirit of innovation are essential to the continued growth and evolution of this dynamic industry," said Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications and industry affairs at ESA. "We are incredibly proud to work with so many outstanding universities in fostering the next generation of industry talent."