Distance blended learning service Train2Game is to partner with BizSpark. The Microsoft program (which provides Software, Support and Visibility for Software Start-ups), will work with Train2Game to provide on-going support to students, graduates and indie studios, associated with Train2Game.
By operating as a representative of its students within the BizSpark network, Train2Game can fastrack students and studios through signing up for the service. It will also be in a position to give expert advice of the benefits of using BizSpark. Train2Game will be able to form relationships with organisations in the BizSpark community - including high profile technology organisations based both in the UK and across the globe. The benefits of these relationships will then be passed on to the students and studios.
Train2Game student studios will be able to sign up to use the latest Microsoft technology, with access to BizSpark learning materials including: Virtual Labs, Webcasts, videos and e learning materials. Students will also have access to Microsoft Office, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Cloud and a Window’s 8 developer licence. These programs and more Microsoft software are provided to support start-up businesses through the BizSpark partnership network.
Dr Jan Telensky, Train2Game, said: “Train2Game are always looking for new and exciting initiatives that will encourage our students to take steps towards becoming games developers. Working with BizSpark will create networking and professional partnerships that are vital to helping the students take those essential steps from leaving the academic area of the games industry and moving towards professional employment.”
Created in 2008, Train2Game offers accredited courses in Games Design, Development, Art and Animation, certified by leading industry body TIGA. Train2Game is a blended-learning organisation designed to fast track the best, most ambitious and motivated students into the games industry through comprehensive, expert-supervised courses. A big part of this is coordinating with the best developers in the country and providing top tier talented graduates for placements in the workplace. This year will see its first graduates enter the workplace after years of training.