Launch of the Kodu Kup–Guest post by Nicki Maddams

It has now been over a week since the Kodu Kup was launched in the UK! Just to recap, The Kodu Kup is open to any child enrolled at a UK school and who is aged between seven to fourteen years of age at the date of entry. Children are entered by their appropriate school teacher and may be entered for the competition as individuals or as part of a team of up to three people. We have three different themes children can chose from:



   à Retro Arcade Game

Recreate an arcade game from the past with a Kodu twist! If you need some inspiration you could try taking a look at for some examples.


   à Water Awareness

Create a game that tackles the environmental issue of water. This could be a local or school-based scenario or something more global.


   à Mars Exploration

Use the Mars Rover character in Kodu Game Lab to create a game centred around the exploration of Mars.

The deadline is 31st May 2013. You can read the full details in the Teachers Pack here:

Kodu Kup Launch 1The launch at BETT was a huge success. Lots of educators gathered around the NAACE stand to watch the live demonstration by myself following an introduction by Stuart Ball and Anthony Salcito. We even featured one of our celebrity judges at the launch, Gary Carr, who is responsible for the development of hit videogame, Fable – The Journey. Further demonstrations in the Microsoft theatre really highlighted the popularity of the competition and many teachers that I met couldn’t wait to get started.

So the question is, have you made a start in launching the Kodu Kup in your school? If so we’d love to hear how you are getting on. Post a comment below or keep in touch using Facebook: or Twitter: @KoduKup.


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Comments (1)

  1. James Abela says:

    I am going to launch the cup after half term. I'll make it open to anybody, but focus on it in Coding Club…

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