26 th January, 2012 - London, United Kingdom – Games and interactive entertainment trade body, UKIE is delighted to be providing a student travel fund to help successful student applicants attend the Blitz Games Studios 2012 Student Open Days.
UKIE has taken the lead in delivering the recommendations from the Livingstone Hope review of the skills needed by the video games industry – leading the cross-industry Next Gen Skills campaign that has successfully had government agreement to have computer science introduced on to the national curriculum. Supporting the Blitz Games Studios Open Days is part of UKIE’s on-going commitment to making sure that the UK’s games industry has the flow of high quality graduates that it needs to grow.
The Open Days, which are free to attend and attract 90 students across three dates in March, start with an introductory session by Philip and Andrew Oliver, who founded Blitz in 1990. Following that are overview presentations from the main games disciplines – 2D Art, 3D Art, Animation, Audio, Game Design, Programming, Project Management and Quality Assurance – all given by members of the Blitz game teams.
Attendees are taken on a studio tour, to show the range of games that Blitz is currently working on and during the afternoon get a chance to sit down for at least an hour with someone who is doing the job they want to do and ask them questions about what it’s like to work in the industry, what they do day-to-day and other useful insights.
All students invited to an Open Day will be able to apply for a contribution from the fund towards their travel expenses for attending. It will be administered on an honour basis to ensure that those in the most need of support will be able to receive funding and that the money is shared out in as fair a way as possible. More details will be shared with attendees once invites have been issued.
UKIE CEO, Jo Twist said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Blitz Games Studios Open Days as part of our commitment to the Livingstone Hope Skills review recommendations to help the UK’s games industry access the high quality graduates it needs to grow and innovate.”
“We are long-standing admirers of Blitz’s policy of supporting games education and aspiring developers, and it’s a pleasure to be able to add our support in this way. We hope that this fund enables even more students to benefit from attending a Blitz Open Day”
“We’ve always had fantastic feedback from the students who attend our Open Days but increasingly over the last few years it’s become apparent that some have either had to spend a large amount of money getting here or, even worse, were simply not able to take up the place they were offered because they couldn’t afford to get here,” explains Senior Events & Education Coordinator Kim Blake. “So we’re delighted that UKIE have stepped in this time to enable us to ensure everyone who deserves a place is able to take it up. UKIE have played a driving role in getting the Next Gen Skills campaign up and running, and this is yet another example of their support for future generations of game developers. We’re really grateful for their help and I know the students will be too.”
Find out more about the Open Days at: www.BlitzGamesStudios.com/open-days.
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The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or UKIE is a trade body that represents the whole of the UK’s video games and wider interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 (and formerly known as ELSPA), UKIE’s membership includes games publishers, developers and the academic institutions that support the industry.
UKIE works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, tax incentives and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.
One of UKIE’s key roles is to support its members by providing them with key market information, promoting careers and offering the business support services, training and best-practice knowledge to enable them to operate most effectively.
In addition, UKIE works with GfK Chart-Track to compile weekly, monthly and annual retail charts and sales reports for the UK market.
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 five divisions encompass mature titles (Volatile Games), serious games (TruSim), family titles (Blitz Games), licensable middleware (BlitzTech) and its education division (Blitz Academy). www.BlitzGamesStudios.com