We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the IEEE Trophy are our very own Digital Arts, and Computer Science majors!

Recently, I wrote about the Intercollegiate Computer Game Showcase hosted here at Dodge College.  The multi-institutional e-sport event had some very skilled contestants, but none moreso than our very own interdisciplinary team of graduating Digital Arts seniors Lauren Gragg, Liz Fiacco, and Jessica Kiernan, and Computer Science majors Alex Solano and Bryson Thill, with their inventive, endearing title “AXLE.”

AXLE took first place over 36 entries from Southern California colleges and universities in the inaugural Intercollegiate Computer Game Showcase sponsored by the Orange County Computer Society GameSIG. Entries were judged by professionals from Blizzard Entertainment, InExile Entertainment, Gaikai, among others.

Visit the team’s blog here to read more about the process!

While the game isn’t quite finished, the first level presented to the judges was enough to secure the team the victory.  The AXLE team has extensive plans to develop and market the game throughout the summer, and expect it to be available for the Android platform before Fall 2012.  This trailer demonstrates the story, characters, gameplay and mechanics:

Update: Read more about the first-place win on Chapman’s Happenings blog.

Take a look at some content from the award-winning game, including concept art, 2D/3D rendered character designs, stills from the game’s opening sequence, and screenshots from within the game:

You can see additional photos from the event on our Flickr photostream.

Congratulations to the soon-to-be-graduated seniors, Digital Arts and Computer Science departments, and Chapman game fans everywhere.  Make sure to sign up for the game’s mailing list to be notified when the completed game is ready to play!