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This Week @ Into Games - Apr #1

Hello everyone 👋

A huge thanks to everyone who filled in our questionnaire last week on how to improve this newsletter! If you haven't already had your say, you can fill it in here

Let's see your suggestions in action! 👇

Highlights 

 

📊 Take a look at the Games & Interactive Salary & Satisfaction 2022 Survey by Skillshare to get an idea of figures such as average UK salary, and attitudes towards remote working. 

 

🔨 For our entrepreneur readers, check out this presentation on Building an AA Studio: From Start-up to Fully Funded

 

💬 Our video How to Get a Job in Games Marketing and Community Building interviews five industry marketing professionals on their experiences and key titbits of advice to help you land a role in marketing. 


🤩 We have a new section! Make sure to check out the Career Advice section further down! 👇

Events

🏕️ Fireside chat with Iron Gate Studio
22nd April, 9:30-10:30AM BST

Speakers Lisa and Robin from Iron Gate Studio will be discussing what it’s like to work in a small team with a game that blows up?


🎉 
Games Job Fair 2022 - Games Factory Talents
27-29th April, 7:30-14:00PM BST
An online event dedicated to recruitment and career-building. There will be career talks, competitions, networking, and job opportunities from actively hiring studios!
 

🎮 Ukie Games Demo Day
28th April, 11:00-13:00PM BST

The Ukie Games Demo Day event takes place online, and attendees will be able to watch the showcase of the games of 8 chosen finalist participants to a panel of industry experts and see their feedback. This event will be followed by a virtual networking period, where attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the participating studios!
 

💻 The*gameHERs Professional Bootcamp
29th April - 1st May, 17:00-23:30PM BST

An immersive, three-day virtual event that brings top industry leaders together to share their insights and advice for the next generation of content creators, industry professionals and gamers.

Job Listings

 
Associate AI Programmer
Splash Damage // Bromley, UK


Associate Engine Programmer
Splash Damage // Bromley, UK


Associate UI Programmer
Splash Damage // Bromley, UK

Junior Games Programmer
Climax Studios // Portsmouth, UK
 
Junior Technical Artist
Climax Studios // Portsmouth, UK 

Junior Technical Artist (Fully Remote)
Climax Studios // Remote

Junior UX/UI Designer
The Virtual Forge // Bath, UK

Key Resources Of The Week 

 

🚗 Researching your Relocation in Games - A great resource for those who are thinking of relocating; this blog post goes into the many considerations you should make before deciding on that big move. 


📃 Video Game Resume Breakdown: Watch Me Review 3 Actual Resumes (CVs)  - This video goes through CVs from game designers, testers, programmers, and artists. Worth checking out, as the advice given is transferable to other disciplines. 

💪 How to Ace Your Next Job Interview - Got a big interview on the horizon? This Hitmarker blog post will make sure you’re as prepared as can be!

💡 Take Two: Returning to Unfinished Projects - Struggling to return to some of your old unfinished projects? Read all about game designer Jacquelynne Heiman's own journey in resurrecting her old projects.

Courses 

FastTrackers Community Management Training - our newly launched completely FREE programme exclusive to ages 18+, and those based in South London. No prior experience is needed! 
 

💖 Limit Break Mentorship
Applications are now open! 

Limit Break is a mentorship program aimed at underrepresented people working in the UK games industry. Participants are paired with a mentor who is an established professional in their field. Applications are open to mentees who are postgraduate, or graduating in 2022 and can commit to 6 months of mentorship

 

✍️ The Orwell Youth Prize 2022 - Send Us Your Game Designs!

 

 

Using the writings of George Orwell as a starting point, the Orwell Youth Prize aims to inspire entrants in school years 8-13 to think and write about the world they live in and issues that matter today.

This year's theme is COMING UP FOR AIR: WRITING THE CLIMATE CRISIS - and they are particularly encouraging entries in the form of video game design. Check out the resource we helped create all about how to write in the form of games
 

“As we all know, combating the climate crisis and ensuring the safe future of our planet involves making some difficult decisions. Many of the best games are also based around challenging decision-making, where each choice you make has an impact on what your options are going forward. We believe that gaming is fertile ground for thinking about politics and society.” - Orwell Youth Prize. 


The deadline for submissions is 22nd April 2022.

Career Advice

Welcome to our new section! In this section, we'll be featuring advice from industry professionals each week from a variety of different roles!

This week, we have advice from a Connor White who got his job as a Junior QA Analyst through the now-ended Kickstart scheme! 

What's a key piece of advice for career seekers looking to get into your role? 

"This one is more for anyone looking to get into the industry in general and may have just graduated or is looking to transfer over into the industry. Never ever give up, even if you feel like giving up and are at rock bottom. Taking those next steps after that is vital as you can only go up from there. Just stay calm and enjoy the ride in the meantime."

Do you have any resources you'd like to share for career seekers looking to get into your job role? 

"For QA Testing, I'd recommend doing stuff like taking part in closed/open betas. Taking part in playtesting sessions from companies and also taking time to research different testing methodologies used in gaming (Agile, Smoke, and Compliance testing as key examples) and applying them to doing mocks of the ISTQB Certification exam."

Design Workouts

 

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

 

🐰 Easter 🐰 

 
There's still time to hop into some EGGxtra special Easter-themed briefs! The briefs range from creating the Easter Bunny’s apprentice, writing all about an expert chocolatier, to playtesting some Easter-themed games! 

 
Winners of these challenges have the chance to win a 1-2-1 career advice session with an industry professional.

From The Community 
 

Take a look at the amazing creatives in our Discord! We pick out a few people each week who have shared their work in our community to shout out about!


Here are some highlights: 

🎧 Listen to Alastair McNamara’s incredible track ‘Seeds of Life’
 

 

🃏 Support Luca Zedda’s board game: Dreamscapes

 

Tyler Oliver - UE4 Environment - Oasis Temple

 
 
✍️ Check out Max Tittle’s Narrative Design and Game Writing Portfolio!
 

Highlighted Post ⭐ 

😇 
Habitat for Humanity: How a Classic MMO Got a Second Life

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

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