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Hello Everyone 👋

Aghast it's August! 🤯 We're glad you're back again to learn more about the industry and discover new resources to help your students.

And, if it's your first time then get ready to dive in! 🤿👇

Highlights 

 

🌟 We’re partnering with WASD Careers!

We’re going to be helping curate WASD’s upcoming event on the 17th-18th of November, ensuring that we utilise our studio partners and connections to provide relevant, educational content for career seekers looking to work in games.

From our booth on the show floor, we'll also help those interested in working in the industry with personal meetings. Keep reading this newsletter, or the blog linked above to learn more about this event and partnership!

 

😟 The Games Industry is Failing the Working Class

With life becoming more and more expensive in the UK, it’s important to reflect on how this affects the games industry and all those looking to join it. In this video, People Make Games is joined by Chriss Bratt, Samantha Breer, and Anni Sayers to discuss why so few working-class people are being employed by the games industry. 

 

▶️ Careers Fest Playlist

We’re busy making sure all our content from our recent Careers Festival 2022 is uploaded to our YouTube and so far we have five whole videos ready for you and your students to enjoy! From topics such as VR to demystifying Virtual Production, make sure to take a look and keep checking back for more content!

 

🏆 Nominate a VGA! Have you previously worked with our amazing Video Game Ambassador network? We’d love for you to nominate the VGA that worked with you for an award to thank them for their help during this year's EGX London event! 

If you haven’t checked out how the VGAs can support your students, take a look at the statistics! 👇

 

To date, the Video Games Ambassadors scheme has:

  • Supported over 350 educational establishments across the UK

  • Helped 30,000 young people annually to learn more about careers in games

  • Built a network of over 600 games industry volunteers

  • Volunteered over 2000 hours on educational projects that support young people in learning more about the games industry and game-making

  • Benefitted from a cohort of 42% women, non-binary, and trans Ambassadors, with 21% of all Ambassadors representing minority ethnic groups.

 

If you want an industry professional to share their knowledge with your students, make sure to register your opportunity on our network now!

Opportunities

 

💡 GDLedu

Game Dev London have a bunch of new courses starting in September, and sessions are only £10 each! Course topics include: 

  • Unreal Blueprints and Levels

  • Experimentation in Games

  • Music Fundamentals 101

  • Game Sound Toolkit

  • Intro to Business and Marketing

  • Games Theatre 

  • Adapting Your Workflow for Unreal Engine 5

Events

26-29th August 2022, NEX Birmingham

Insomnia is a diverse show for gamers of all backgrounds, identities and ethnicities to come together and celebrate everything that we love about video games and popular culture. 

From brand new and upcoming releases, Cosplay, Indie games, Tabletop games, gaming content creators and much more, Insomnia Gaming Festival isn’t just a gaming expo, it’s a celebration of all things gaming.

 

🎮 EGX London
22nd-25th September 2022, 10:00AM - 18:00PM BST, ExCeL London

During this massive 4-day celebration of games, attendees will listen in on invaluable stages and panels featuring industry experts, try out a variety of playable games, revisit classics in the retro section, and network with fellow game developers and career seekers. 

At EGX we’ll also have a presence with the wonderful UKIE to announce the winners of the VGA Awards!
 

💼 W.A.S.D Careers 
17th-18th November 2022, 10:00 AM - 18:00 PM BST, Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, GU14 6FD

W.A.S.D Careers is the only in-person video games-focused careers fair in the UK.

It’s a chance for students to showcase their favourite projects and work to an array of leading industry talent. They can also network with future employers, meet friends with similar interests and learn about the behind-the-scenes business that makes the gaming world run.

And, as we previously mentioned, we’ll be working with WASD to help curate this event into something that provides relevant, educational content for career seekers looking to work in games.

Tickets are now available for purchase here, and those organising a trip for a school, college or university can get in touch for discounted tickets.

Key Resources


😲 What makes juniors stand out and what common mistakes occur in applications? This thread by indie game dev studio Creasant Games goes through tips for CVs, email etiquette, and more! This is particularly useful for your recently graduated students, or even your next cohort. 
 

💚 How to Create a Hulk Jump Animation in Maya

This four-hour-long video goes through the entire process of creating a Hulk jump animation in Maya from start to finish, covering the entire process from blocking to the final polish, with a focus on body mechanics. For students interested in facial animation, this is touched on nearer the end of the video! 

 

📃 Examples of Game Design Documents!

In this Twitter thread, Nicola Dau shares his game design documents from university with the aim to provide new students with some inspiration!

 

🤔 Finding the Right Role in Game Dev for You

Dan Dudley from Grads in Games takes an in-depth look into why it can be hard for beginners to find their first job in games and what they can do about it by looking into the wide variety of roles that they probably hadn't considered before.

 

✍️ Game Dev Game Job List 

This incredible resource will equip both you and your students with all the resources you may need to inform games industry job searches; from job hunt guides to salary breakdowns and more, this is definitely something to take a look at!

Design Workouts 

Make sure to encourage your students to join our Discord NOW to take part in our next Design Workout challenge starting very soon!

We're hoping to be joined by some special industry professionals who will be helping out and reviewing each participant's piece... We can't reveal who these individuals are at this moment but here's a hint: 🛹


If you want to see the work of past Design Workout winners, here's the winners of one of our recent themes: 

🧜‍♀️ Underwater Kingdom 🧜‍♀️

From The Community 

Let's take a look at the amazing talent in our community! 

Becky Clifford - Krystal from Dinosaur Planet 64 Remodelling



 


Heather Elroy - Female Viking WIP



 

Justin Anduiza - Gateway To The Unknown VFX



 

🧟 Indie Studio Head Tilt Games also shared with us their game Slap-It Together their first fully-fledged multiplayer project! 
 

“Set in a game show that only cares for the fame; you and up to 3 online friends slap, throw and whack your way through hordes of enemies and hand-painted environments in this comedic zombie wave-based fighter.”


Your students can check it out on steam, and also meet the team at the Insomnia Gaming Festival.

Highlighted Media 

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

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