23 OCT 12 LEAMINGTON SPA, UK For the eighth year running, Blitz Games Studios will be hosting a range of Open Days for students interested in making their dream of getting a job in the videogames industry a reality. There will be three separate Open Day events on Friday 22 nd February, Friday 1 st March and Friday 8 th March 2013.
The days will offer short talks covering all aspects of game development, with a special focus on the skills needed, followed by a studio tour and the opportunity to talk with, and get firsthand feedback from, experienced development staff.
The registration forms are now available on the Open Day website ( www.BlitzGamesStudios.com/OpenDays). Once registration is complete a brief will be sent out to applicants, who are asked to submit a sample of their work which will be assessed by Blitz’s development staff before invitations are made to those who the team feel would most benefit from attending.
The first Open Day on 22 nd February is aimed at first year degree students only, while the second and third days held on 1 st March and 8 th March respectively are for those in the second and final years of their degree courses.
“I love this time of year,” says Kim Blake, Senior Events and Education Co-ordinator. “Being able to provide an insight into the games industry, and help and advise the game developers of tomorrow is something we are incredibly passionate about, and only highlights the importance of next gen skills in the creative technology industry.”
Students interested in a career in any of the main development disciplines are invited to apply (2D Art, 3D Art, Animation, Audio, Game Design and Programming), regardless of whether their degree course is games-related or not, as long as each application is followed by a completed discipline-specific work sample.
The Open Days are part of Blitz Games Studios’ commitment to the continuing need of the UK’s creative technology sector to recruit the best creative talent of the next generation, and reinforces the studio’s ongoing commitment to supporting UKIE’s Next Gen Skills campaign. In recognition of that support, UKIE has again generously agreed to provide a travel fund for students who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend.
“The Blitz Games Studios Open Days provide the chance for game development students to gain valuable insight into the industry” says Jo Twist, CEO of UKIE, “and the opportunity to speak with both industry veterans and newcomers is a fantastic thing to offer. UKIE is committed to supporting the UK creative technology industry and we are incredibly pleased to once again support Blitz’s Open Day and enable as many students as possible to benefit from attending them.”
The closing date for Open Day submissions is Monday 7 th January 2013. A live web chat will soon be held to provide further information to students wanting to apply for a place.
Find out more about the Open Days and review the discipline work sample briefs, please visit: www.BlitzGamesStudios.com/OpenDays
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About Blitz Games Studios:
Blitz Games Studios ( www.BlitzGamesStudios.com) is a highly respected, award-winning independent games developer founded in 1990 by industry veterans Philip & Andrew Oliver. Based in the UK (in Leamington Spa), it now employs over 220 dedicated and talented staff, and maintains a diverse portfolio that showcases its industry-leading, licensable development technology BlitzTech. Recent releases include the studio’s first exclusive iOS title Kumo Lumo (published by Chillingo), the upcoming Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney Interactive), and last year’s Puss In Boots: The Video Game (THQ/Dreamworks) and SpongeBob Squarepants Surf & Skate Roadtrip (THQ/Nickelodeon).
The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or Ukie (pronounced YOU-KEY) is a trade body that aims to support, grow and promote the whole of the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 2010 (although formerly known as ELSPA), Ukie’s membership includes all the major UK and global games publishers and the best of UK development talent - from promising start-ups to some of the biggest, most successful studios operating in the UK today. http://ukie.info/