With two decades of experience across numerous roles and companies, Epic Games European Territory Manager Mike Gamble was already a well-known figure in video games before joining Epic in early 2011.
His visiting professorship at Staffordshire University will allow him to share his personal insights and professional experiences in video games to inspire and guide students as they move into the first stages of their careers or even begin studios of their own.
"I am really thrilled at being honoured as a visiting professor at Staffordshire given the quality of their courses and the students who graduate from them,” says Gamble.
"Mike’s skills and knowledge will be invaluable in enriching the experience of Staffordshire University games students and graduates."
James Butcher, Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies
"I am particularly looking forward to sharing my industry and Epic Games experience to help build the students' knowledge, and prepare them for what to expect and how to succeed in what is a fast-changing and ultra-competitive environment."
It was a chance meeting between Mike Gamble and Staffordshire University's Lecturer in Games Design, James Butcher, which first formed the foundations of the collaboration.
Make Something Unreal Live
Staffordshire University impressed Gamble with its adoption of Unreal Engine technology, and was invited to be the academic partner for Epic’s Make Something Unreal Live 2013 competition.
Staffordshire's own student team, Kairos Games, went on to win second place with its game, 'Polymorph' at the Gadget Show Live 2013 at Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC).
Enriching the experience of students
Butcher added: "It is great for us to be working alongside someone with such a wealth of experience. Mike’s skills and knowledge will be invaluable in enriching the experience of Staffordshire University games students and graduates.
"It has been a great pleasure to lead the link between the university and Epic, and with our continued use of the industry-leading Unreal Engine technology, it is a great fit for our awards and students."