5 AUGUST 2011, LEAMINGTON SPA, UK – Blitz Games Studios is pleased to announce that Kim Blake, Senior Events and Education Co-ordinator and leading light of the company’s education outreach initiatives, has been named as Deputy Chair of the Computer Games Skills Council.
The Council, drawn from several of the UK’s most famous development studios and chaired by industry legend and Eidos’ Life President Ian Livingstone, meets quarterly to share information and to support the UK Computer Games industry by improving skills development in the games sector.
Originally a Designer with Gremlin Interactive, Kim worked for several independent studios as a Project Manager before coming to Blitz five years ago. Since then she has played a major role in Blitz's various educational activities, particularly the organisation of the Blitz Academy Open Days, which have been a huge success with both students and lecturers. She contributes to a number of university Advisory Boards as well as taking an active role in Skillset. She became a Fellow of the RSA in 2010.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with Skillset and other dedicated developers,” Kim says. “It’s especially important right now, in the wake of the Livingstone-Hope Next Gen report and changes to the Higher Education structure, to keep attention focused on improving skills across the games industry and in HE. Students and developers alike need to enhance and hone their skills to keep up with the constantly-rising creative standards in games.”
Skillset’s head of development, Saint John Walker, said: “Throughout the years the advice and guidance Blitz Games Studios’ have given to young talent has immeasurably improved many courses and through it, the industry at large. They know that by investing in talent in this way both they and the whole games ecosystem wins, and Kim has been instrumental in that. She’s been a great ambassador and member of our council. Having her as Deputy Chair to Ian Livingstone makes for an impressive wealth of experience for Skillset.”
FOR PRESS ONLY: for further information on Skillset, please contact Nick Sheridan on Nicholass@skillset.org. For further information on Blitz Academy, please contact Kim Blake, Senior Events and Education Co-ordinator, on KBlake@BlitzGamesStudios.com.
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About Blitz Academy:
Originally the brand name for Blitz’s unique, innovative and award-winning internal training programme, the key aims of the Academy are to share knowledge, develop employees as trainers and encourage all staff to participate in structured training programmes designed to improve skills (creative, technical and interpersonal), morale and productivity. Blitz Academy now also incorporates the company’s education outreach initiatives, including a detailed careers advice website intended to assist educators as well as those seeking a career in games. www.BlitzAcademy.com
About Blitz Games Studios:
Blitz Games Studios is based in Leamington Spa and was founded by industry veterans Philip and Andrew Oliver. It now has more than 220 staff and its six divisions encompass mature titles (Volatile Games), serious games (TruSim), family titles (Blitz Games), licensable middleware (BlitzTech), downloadable games (Blitz Arcade) and its education division (Blitz Academy). www.BlitzGamesStudios.com
Skillset is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the Creative Industries. SSCs are licensed by the UK Government and by Ministers in the devolved administrations to tackle the skills and productivity challenges by sector. They are independent, UK-wide organisations, are employer-led, and actively involve trade unions, professional bodies and other stakeholders in the industry. www.skillset.org