UKIE sponsors student travel fund for Blitz Games Studios’ 2012 Open Days

Blitz Games Studios announces generous student travel fund for their 2012 Student Open Days, courtesy of the interactive entertainment industry trade body UKIE

5 DECEMBER 2011 LEAMINGTON SPA, UK Blitz Games Studios is delighted to announce that interactive entertainment trade body UKIE is providing a generous travel fund to help successful student applicants who might otherwise not be able to attend their Student Open Days.

“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.”

Adds Andy Payne, chairman of UKIE and The Mastertronic Group, “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. ”

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.

Open Day registration forms are now live on Blitz’s website ( Applicants are asked to submit a sample of their work in order for Blitz to choose the most deserving attendees. A brief is sent out once registration is complete.

The first two Open Days are for 2 nd and final year students interested in a career in any of the main development disciplines (2D Art, 3D Art, Animation, Audio, Game Design, Programming). Students from any course are welcome to apply, as long as a work sample answering the brief is submitted.

Friday 30 th March will be devoted to game design and programming students from any year (again, students are welcome from any course, aslong as a work sample is submitted). This reflects the lack of skills in this area that the industry desperately needs.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 9 th January 2012.

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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).

About UKIE

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, service suppliers 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.

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