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This Week @ Into Games - May #1

Hello everyone 👋

 

Happy Pride Month everyone! With Games Careers Week incoming, this month is going to be a busy, busy one!

Let’s waste no time and get straight into it 👇

Highlights 


🔓 Internships at NaturalMotion are now open! Perfect opportunities for recent graduates in the UK.

 

🏳️‍🌈 Read our Pride Twitter Thread and learn from our own community members about their experiences and aspirations. 

 

💼 We have tons of job listings in this mailout, make sure to keep reading to take a look! 👇

Events

 

🤗 Wholesome Direct
11 June,17:30PM BST, YouTube & Twitch. 

Wholesome Direct is an independent showcase organized by Wholesome Games. Each year the showcase features a selection of indie games that demonstrate the incredible range of themes, styles, and perspectives that games have to offer. 
 

 

🧡 Future of Play Direct
11th June, 18:30 BST, Online. 

On June 11th, Future of Play Direct will showcase games from your favourite studios and publishers from across the galaxy. Gear up for cosmic bangers from Kitfox Games, Fellow Traveller, Humble Games, Achimostawinan Games, and more!

 

🌈 LGBTQIA+ Journey into the Games Industry
14th June, 16:00 BST, Online. 

Join members of the Into Games team and some special guests as they discuss their journey into the Games Industry and the representation of LGBTQIA+ people inside of it. 
 

📅 Games Careers Week
17th June – 26th June 2022

The games industry has once again come together to provide a free online festival to inspire people from every background to discover careers in the UK’s fastest-growing creative industry – video games.


 

🎪 Into Games Career Festival
22-25th June 2022, 10:00 –17:00 BST

Join us for a totally free 4-day online careers festival to help you get hired in video games! 

At this festival you will:
  • Connect to the Video Game Industry and network with fellow jobseekers!

  • Discover current job opportunities from UK Games Studios!

  • Receive the relevant advice to up-skill and boost your confidence!

  • Have the opportunity to get your questions answered by Industry Professionals.


🏖️ Develop: Brighton Conference 2022
12 - 14 July 2022,  Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton BN1 2FU
 

Develop: Brighton is a conference, expo and networking event for absolutely everyone involved in developing games. 

  • However big or small you are - 14% of our 2021 attendees were people working alone, 23% had over 250 employees and the rest were in-between!

 
  • Whatever your job function - whether you're a programmer, an artist, a designer or the boss there is a track in the conference focussing on your specific needs or interests. View conference tracks

  • Wherever you come from - we're based in the UK but we have game devs attending and speaking from all over the world.

 
  • Whatever your organisation does in games - you don't have to develop games to benefit from attending, if you want to meet developers then this is the place to come!

     

🏳️‍⚧️ OMG @ Trans Pride Brighton Tickets
16th July, 11:00 - 16:00PM BST, Jubilee Square, Brighton. 

Out Making Games are attending Trans Pride Brighton & Hove to celebrate and support their trans community. They'd love you to come and join, and maybe make some friends along the way!

Job Listings


Graduate Data Analyst
Trailmix Games // London (Hybrid)

Junior Unity Developer 
Virtual Speech // Leamington Spa, UK (Hybrid)

Junior Environment and Props Concept Artist
Warner Media Careers // London (Hybrid)

Junior Video Editor & Motion Designer 
Kwalee // Leamington Spa, UK

Junior Animator 
Supermassive Games // Guildford, UK

Junior Operations Assistant 
Turtle Beach Corporation // Basingstoke, UK

Junior Programmer
Rebellion // Wakefield, UK

Junior/Mid-Level UI/UX Designer
Sports Interactive // Remote, UK

Influencer Manager
Fundamentally Games // Remote

Key Resources Of The Week 

 

 

🧠 A Thousand Little Playtests in Your Head - This article from Josh Hills discusses how you can begin designing a game, and how to iron the kinks out early on. 

 

📚 Writing for Games - Hannah Nicklin’s book ‘Writing for Games: Theory & Practice’ is an approachable and entry-level text for anyone interested in the craft of writing for videogames.

 

🔨 How to get a job as a game level designer - The GamesIndustry.biz Academy looks into the various skills required to score a role in level design, a central position in game development.

 

How (not) to create Textures for VFX - A super informative thread full of resources about the dos and donts of VFX textures. 


🎮 Free Stylised 3D Game Assets - Kay Lousberg, freelance 3D artist, has some beautiful free to use, public domain 3D assets on itch - if you’re looking to create a game, but aren’t the best at art, definitely check out this resource!

Opportunity! 

 

 

Are you a student on a games-related course who is over 18? We’re looking for students to volunteer at the Festival of Play, taking place on Friday 8 July at the Guildford Pavilion and Wednesday 13 July at HOST Salford. Festival of Play is a brand-new creative careers and Computing conference for school pupils aged 8-15, showcasing the breadth and depth of roles available in the UK games industry.

Volunteers will play a valuable role in advocating for the study of STEAM subjects. It will be a fun event packed with workshops, talks, activities, live music and games, and a brilliant opportunity to network with the games studios and companies involved. 

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Help attendees navigate the event 

  • Answer simple questions about the event (where things are and when) 

  • Talk to the attendees about your studies and career ambitions! 
     

This is an amazing opportunity to get involved with as your first volunteering event and will look brilliant on your CV! Plus, your travel expenses and lunch will be provided - so why not get involved? 

If you'd like to volunteer at the festival, please sign up here!

If you have any questions about the event or volunteering at all, please don't hesitate to get in contact sian@ukie.org.uk!

Courses 

 

💖 Code Coven Create: The Solstice Program - This is an incubator-style initiative that supports multiple small teams of developers as they create a prototype focused on social impact. Over the course of 12 weeks, teams will take their prototype from concept to completion. Code Coven staff will be offering scope advice and roadmap guidance at each milestone check-in. 

By the end of the program, teams can look forward to publishing a small and polished prototype to use as a portfolio piece, to approach funding initiatives for future opportunities, or as the beginning of a longer development timeline.

Career Advice

💡 8 tips for an indie dev making a game, from producer Carl Leducq

Design Workouts

Make sure to join our Discord NOW to participate in our ongoing design workout challenge:  

 

🔥 Renegade Recruitment 🔥
 

Picture this: The world is in chaos, everyone is bored out of their minds as the decline of video game developers RAVAGES the world. It’s up to you, budding dev, to restore peace and entertainment to the land! Your challenge is to recruit the next generation of your specialist discipline.

 The results of this brief will be used (with credit) to encourage people into respective careers on our social channels in the lead-up to the event, giving your work as much press coverage as possible! 

Also, all submissions to this brief will be featured in our upcoming Career Festival as a part of a virtual exhibition!

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


 

Time Travel

From The Community 
 

Take a look at some of the amazing talent in our Discord server! 

 
Here are some highlights: 
 

 

🤖 Bot Breakout - is an adorable game created by dev duo Michael Slape and Onuralp Sahin for their Masters' degrees! In Bot Breakout you can customise your character, play online with friends, and even use character emotes! Make sure to give it a go and leave your feedback in the comments section of their itch page! 



 

😍 Take a look at these awesome isometric farming sim NPCs created by Shrineheart! Which one is your favourite? 



 

⛰️ We adore the brushstrokes in this golem piece by Daria for #kaijune2022 on Twitter!

Highlighted Post ⭐ 

 

❤️ Finally, take a look at this great graphic from Creative Assembly which highlights all the amazing organisations in the games industry who actively support and empower the LGBTQIA+ community! There is space for everyone in the industry. 
 

That’s all from us, see you in a fortnight! 👋

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