Leading games companies to take stage at student conference

“This conference will benefit all of our students. We want the first years to start thinking ahead so that they can choose the right modules and those in their final year have a fantastic opportunity to network with potential employers.”

David Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Games Design/Technology

Some of the biggest names from the computer games industry are visiting Staffordshire University this week to help students get a head start with their careers.

Epic Games, PlayStationFirst and Flix Interactive are sponsoring the UKie Student Conference, and will present exclusive talks and workshops on Wednesday 21 October alongside experts from more than 20 other top UK games businesses.

This is the second year that the free conference, which is open to the public as well as students, has been hosted by the University in partnership with the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment.

Senior Lecturer in Games Design/Technology David Edwards helped to plan the event. He said: “A couple of years ago I was having a conversation with Jo Twist CEO of Ukie about how there wasn't a conference that specifically targeted students and careers in the games industry, so we decided to do something about it.”

“This conference will benefit all of our students. We want the first years to start thinking ahead so that they can choose the right modules and those in their final year have a fantastic opportunity to network with potential employers.”
 
The conference includes more content this year, with the University using its Epic Games Centre for one-to-one career and CV advice in addition to two lecture theatre talk spaces and a networking drinks reception following the day’s activity.

All of the talks will be filmed by the University's student television society StaffsTV and made available on the Computer Games Design Technology YouTube page.

“We want to make as big a noise as possible and for people all over the world to benefit from the advice and guidance on offer at the conference.” explained David.

“By making the talks available online, anyone interested in a computer games career can make the most of the programme we've put together.”

The UKie conference will take place from 9:45am in The Ruxton Technology Centre at the University's Beaconside site in Stafford. To see the full list of speakers and book a place visit the UKie website.

Find out more about studying a specialist Computer Games course at Staffordshire University here.

 

* About the sponsors

Epic Games makes Fortnite, Unreal Tournament, Infinity Blade, and other games whilst providing its Unreal Engine technology to developers everywhere. Unreal Engine empowers users to build high-fidelity experiences for PC, console, VR, mobile, and the Web.

PlayStationFirst's Academic Development Programme offers Universities and technical colleges interested in creating videogames and digital entertainment platform specific licences to its development tools (Dev Kits). The Dev Kit programme is unique as it provides access to the full PlayStation software (SDK) and development hardware for teaching purposes in computer engineering, programming and software development and game design.

Flix Interactive is a successful independent games studio based in Birmingham. Since being formed in 2012, Flix have established multiple clients across the creative industries and recently released Eden Star, a first-person survival creation game.

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