'An introduction to BItsy- a small tool for creating video games'

In this session Claire Morwood will be looking at the free web-based tool Bitsy, learning how to create small, simple games within it. Bitsy is great for making small narrative adventures with a tile-based pixel-art aesthetic, and no knowledge of coding required. It's designed to be accessible for any skill level within game development, including absolute beginners, and for making a short game within a few hours. Claire will introduce the tool, give a run-through of the features and how to make a small game, and then showcase some examples of games made in Bitsy over the years which have made great use of its features and limitations.  


Claire is a self-taught programmer, artist and game designer. She is the co-founder of the game development studio 3-Fold Games, who are shortly releasing their first game 'Before I Forget'. In her personal work, she is an advocate of 'small tools' for game development, and has been using Bitsy since 2017. After taking part in 2 of the early Bitsy Game Jams, she wrote a new game called 'Tutorial' and a blog-post to go with it which has now become one of the most widely used Bitsy tutorials. She has since run several workshops on Bitsy and is passionate about its potential for experimentation and accessibility to new game creators.

PlayUK 2020 is series of live digital events and everyone is invited to learn about the UK scene and connect with professionals from the games industry.