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Hello Everyone 👋

Welcome to another Into Games Newsletter!

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and to celebrate, we wanted to bring some more focus on mental health in this newsletter. 

We’ll be providing some useful resources, alongside our usual content! 👇



📧 In an effort to make this newsletter better than ever, we’re rescheduling to deliver it to your mailbox once a month! If you’re missing us in your inbox in the meantime, come and say hi on our Discord

👋 Games Industry Networking: The Introvert’s Guide - Our latest blog post is the perfect guide for anyone who is nervous about networking.

❤️ This Mental Health Month, why not train to become a Mental Health First Aider? For more details keep reading.


🤩 Exciting opportunity for 3rd/4th Year University Students: Paid Game Studio Internship, Gram Games in London!


Game Development Program - Code Coven and Facebook Gaming 
Applications close May 9th 

Facebook Gaming has partnered with Code Coven for a second year to empower novice game developers!

The program:

  • Empowers and supports four teams to build mobile games that they are proud of.

  • Enables cohorts to learn meaningful skills and strategies for game development with a focus on empathetic, ethical, and cooperative perspectives.

  • Develop a toolbox of resources, community, and professional network.

  • Develop know-how for navigating job applications, demoing, and speaking at conferences, starting their studios, or seeking funding for projects.


The course runs from 13th June to 26th August 2022 and is open to under-represented groups within the industry who want to learn to code and aims to enable these early-stage game developers by providing the support they need to create and develop their games from end to end.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Facebook Gaming for the second time. The course enables those from marginalised communities to enter and be embraced within the gaming industry. The continued commitment from Facebook Gaming is invaluable to ensuring greater impact and change. We look forward to supporting our new set of cohorts to learn from some of the best and brightest in the industry.” - Tara Mustapha, Founder, and CEO at Code Coven


❤️ Mental Health First Aid England Mental Health First Aid Online Course May 2022
16-26th May, 10:00-12:20PM

This Mental Health Month, why not train to become a Mental Health First Aider?

The course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:
  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing.

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening.

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix.



🏃‍♀️ Bringing Game Characters To Life - What You Need to Know
9th May, 15:00-16:00PM BST

Join Creative Assembly animators Simon Payne, Lead Technical Animator, Helen Cranston, Principal Animator, and Denes Nagymathe, Lead Animation Programmer, for this Livestream Q&A as they share their experiences as Animators and give you insights into working in the industry.


🤗 Into Games Discord Social
10th May, 16:00-17:00PM BST

 It’s Mental Health Awareness Week from the 9-15th of May, with a focus on loneliness and its effects.
Help us tackle loneliness and encourage your students to join us on our Discord for an informal social meet! Build new connections, discuss your favourite games and ongoing projects, and chat with members of our community, as well as the Into Games team. 
Let’s connect!

👋 Ukie Hub Crawl: Next Level Indies - Guildford
11th May, 16:30-19:00PM BST

Encourage your students to join UKIE's free session 'Next Level Indies' which aims to provide knowledge, discussion, and insight for indie developers and their studios who are looking towards future growth. After each session, there’ll be a chance to network, and share ideas with your peers.

Key Resources

💻 How and Why to Humanize Your Online Class - Check out this infographic and learn about how best to humanize your online classes, and avoid issues such as feelings of social isolation among students.

✔️ Basic Rules For Managing Your Team’s Backlog - This article discusses how to best create a backlog that is readable, makes your scope understandable, and incorporates a hierarchy and milestones. A great resource for student teams!

🕹️ Playful Computing Activities - Check out these resources from Digital Schoolhouse and engage your pupils through play. 

🎓 One Minute Mentor - Want to learn more about the games industry? Check out this playlist from Digital Schoolhouse full of videos made by professionals within the sector to educate aspiring pupils on career pathways they might not have otherwise considered.

Design Workouts 


Make sure to encourage your students to join our Discord NOW to take part in the current design workout: 


☄️ Star Wars ☄️


To celebrate May 4th, we’ve challenged our Discord community to some industry standard briefs based on the franchise! We highly encourage all disciplines to get involved in creating some Star Wars inspired content, even if there isn’t a brief specifically for them, we’d still love to see what your students can do!


Not to mention, the winners of the challenges have the chance to win a 1-2-1 career advice session with an industry professional.


For inspiration, check out the winners of our previous design workouts: 


🔫 Sci-Fi Shoot-Em-Up! 🔫


🐰 Easter 🐰

From The Community 

🏎️ Stephen Drain from our Discord Community is looking for some level designers and graphic designers to help out with his driving game! If you’re interested in collaboration and building up those team working skills, make sure to check out the link!


Andrew Melfi - Sword Shrine


🎸 Gordon Bicker from our Discord Community posted this great article he wrote: Final Fantasy XIV's Bard Performances Exemplify Everything Great About the Game's Community

Highlighted Media 

▶️ Missed out on our Dundee Careers Advisors Event? Re-cap with the live recording and slideshows linked in the description!

That’s all from us, see you next month! 👋

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