We're delighted to announce that we're working in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire to bring real-world expertise to their games design and development courses.
Neon Play CEO, Oli Christie and CTO, Mark Allen recently visited the University to see the new facilities at the School of Computing and Technology. The visit is the latest in a collaboration which is aiming to create the highest quality games courses to attract and develop the next generation of game makers.
The Neon Play team meet regularly with members of the School of Computing and Technology, advising on course content, giving presentations to students, providing mentoring and facilitating visits to the Neon Play studio in Cirencester.
A few words from Oli: “We’re delighted to be supporting the University of Gloucestershire’s games courses. As one of the UK’s leading games studios, it’s incredibly important for us to help nurture the next generation of games makers."
"When we started Neon Play in 2010, we were really keen to collaborate with the University of Gloucestershire so that we could give work experience and hopefully jobs to graduates. Our very first employee graduated from the University with a BA Hons degree in Design for Interactive Media and we have recently employed two graduates from the University.”
Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Head of The Business and Computing School commented, “Neon Play has been extremely active and enthusiastic about trying to help the University build a high quality computing and games course. Their support and expertise has really added a new dimension to our courses, giving students first hand practical experience of the industry to complement their studies.”
Students recently visited the Neon Play studio to see their games being developed and understanding the workings of a live games studio. Students have also been set the challenge to build a prototype game which, if it achieves a high visual and gameplay standard, could be released under the Neon Play publishing division.
Jamie Stewart, Academic Course Leader for Computer Games Programming, commented, “The support of Neon Play has been hugely beneficial, in particular giving students the chance to visit a real life, working studio and to see games being created and brought to the market literally in front of their eyes. Offering students the chance to have one of their own games released is an incredible opportunity and the students have been really excited to get to work.”