Train2Game News Global Top Round Accelerator Program

Global Top RoundGlobal Top Round is accepting applications from game developers for its 2016 Accelerator Program from May 11 – June 24, 2016.

Each studio in the 2016 GTR Accelerator cohort will receive up to $90,000 in direct investment in exchange for studio equity and 10 percent of the project’s net revenue once it generates more than $200,000. 2016 Cohort studios will also each receive $10,000 in marketing support for their games at launch.

In addition to financial support, Global Top Round supplies its partners with an accessible network of mentors actively engaged in the game industry, marketing data on current trends, direct connections to global publishers, investor relations, and fundraising support.

After reviewing submissions, 20 teams will be invited to participate in the GTR Conference, which will take place on August 15 and 16 in Cologne, Germany, immediately prior to Gamescom. At the conference, GTR will select up to 10 teams to participate in the 2016 program.

Developers interested in the GTR Accelerator Program can submit an application at http://2016.globaltopround.com/

“In today’s crowded market, oftentimes startups are only as valuable as their liquid assets and revenue from their last game,” said Peter Van Dyke, Director, GTR. “Our goal is to help 10 brilliant developers gain initial momentum to fund development of their debut game and future project while growing the value of the company to ensure a sustainable creative future.

VIP passes available for Train2Game students to attend Cloud Expo Europe this week!

Train2Game Students are invited to attend Cloud Expo Europe and FIVE LUCKY WINNERS will get free VIP tickets

Cloud Expo Europe takes place this week at London Excel on the 11th and 12th March. Train2Game students have been invited to apply for free passes and five lucky students will be granted VIP access. It’s a great chance to see how your Train2Game qualification qualifies you for other sectors, network with potential employers and interact with the wider Games Industry. Also, there’s an area dedicated to cloud Video Games Development and a Double Decker bus containing a Hackathon.

Cloud Expo Europe is the biggest and best attended cloud event in the world. Key sponsors at the event include IBM, Cisco, ScanDisk, Telefonica and Vodaphone. There’s a record 300+ cutting-edge suppliers, plus 300 global expert speakers in a conference and seminar programme covering all the key issues and the opportunity to network with the entire industry. Showcasing the latest technology solutions and services, including number one rated CIOs, Acclaimed Global Cloud Leaders, Cloud Gurus – all speaking in a compelling conference and seminar programme, which covers all the major technology and business issues. Cloud Expo Europe is the place to discover the industry’s newest and upcoming technologies and business solutions.

The event takes place at London Excel Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL. Simply apply for a ticket to Cloud Expo Europe this week and the first FIVE to email the Train2Game team will gain a FREE VIP upgrade.

Register for the event at http://closerstill.circdata-solutions.co.uk/Microsites/RFG/publish/CEE15/?source=train2game and email harry@swanpr.co.uk for your ticket to be bumped up to VIP

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Train2Game News Babcock Vacancies

Babcock-logoSkills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge e-learning and games-based (‘Serious Games’) learning solutions.
Job Description
Lead 3D Generalist/Artist
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge, game-based e-learning (‘Serious Games’) solutions. We are looking for a 3D Lead 3D Generalist / Artist to join our growing 3D team and be part of one the driving forces behind Skills2Learn’s success. The lead 3D artist will be overseeing a team of 3D modellers & animators that will be producing renders for e-learning programmes.
Using the latest online technologies, we develop engaging, fully interactive, award winning virtual reality computer based training programmes that are used by a wide range of commercial companies around the world, such (British Gas, Centrica, National Grid, Saudi Aramco) and educational establishments all over the UK.

Responsibilities
Lead, Manage & Mentor and 3D Artist’s.
Resolve problems and find solutions to technical 3D challenges
Lead production and team meetings.
Implement constructive feedback and art direction effectively.
Strong ability to model/texture/animate/light
Highly proficient in 3D Studio Max and Photoshop.
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Advantage to have knowledge of:
o Unity 3D or similar games engine.
o Creating characters using DAZ 3D.
o Video editing using Camtasia/After effects/Premiere.
o Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Qualifications & Requirements
Strong technical and creative 3D background with ability to grasp new programs and systems quickly.
Technical minded individual with an interest in engineering / Hard surface modelling.
Understanding of Hard surface modelling techniques, with an interest in vehicles and Mechanical based assets.
Proven leader teams including 3D artists and animators
Strong communication and time management skills.
Problem solving abilities.
Ability to adapt and strengthen workflows if required.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send us a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations. An up-to-date CV and evidence of work (3D modelling and texturing showing mesh detail).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

APPLY HERE

Job Description
3D Animator/Artist
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge, game-based e-learning (‘Serious Games’) solutions. We are looking for a 3D Animator / Artist to join our growing 3D team and be part of one the driving forces behind Skills2Learn’s success. The 3D animator will be animating 3D models to producing render sequences for e-learning programmes.

Using the latest online technologies, we develop engaging, fully interactive, award winning virtual reality computer based training programmes that are used by a wide range of commercial companies around the world, such (British Gas, Centrica, National Grid, Saudi Aramco) and educational establishments all over the UK.

Responsibilities
Animate realistic objects using 3D Studio Max.
Proficient using animation tools in 3D Studio Max.
Basic modelling & texturing using 3D Studio Max.

Advantage to have knowledge of:
o Character animation – bvh, skin modifier, skin weighting.
o Unity 3D or similar games engine.
o Creating characters using DAZ 3D.
o Video editing using Camtasia/After effects/Premiere.
o Understand the FBX export restrictions for game engines.
o Lighting principles & rendering

Qualifications & Requirements
Technically minded individual with interest in engineering.
Interest in vehicles and mechanical animation.
Knowledge of animation for game engines.
Problem solving abilities.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.
Good communication skills.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send us a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations. An up-to-date CV and evidence of work (3D modelling and texturing showing mesh detail).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

APPLY HERE

Job Description
3D Modeller/Artist
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge, game-based e-learning (‘Serious Games’) solutions. We are looking for a 3D Modeller / Artist to join our growing 3D team and be part of one the driving forces behind Skills2Learn’s success. The 3D modeller will be modelling objects in 3D and producing renders for e-learning programmes.

Using the latest online technologies, we develop engaging, fully interactive, award winning virtual reality computer based training programmes that are used by a wide range of commercial companies around the world, such (British Gas, Centrica, National Grid, Saudi Aramco) and educational establishments all over the UK.

Responsibilities
Model and texture 3D objects assets and environments.
Proficient using 3D Studio Max.
Proficient using Photoshop.
Light scenes & rendering using Mental Ray.
Produce high quality / photorealistic renders.
Advantage to have knowledge of:
Basic animation principles
Unity 3D or similar games engine.
3D Asset optimisation for Game Engines.
Creating characters using DAZ 3D.
Video editing using Camtasia/After effects/Premiere.

Qualifications & Requirements
Ability to create realistic based assets via photographic reference with correct Scales/dimensions.
Technically minded individual with interest in Engineering based design.
Understanding of Hard surface modelling techniques, with an interest in vehicles and Mechanical based assets.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Problem solving abilities.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.
Good communication skills.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send us a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations. An up-to-date CV and evidence of work (3D modelling and texturing showing mesh detail).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

APPLY HERE

Project Manager
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic business based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge e-learning and games-based, e-learning (‘Serious Games’) and Virtual Reality solutions.
We have an exciting opportunity for a project manager / co-ordinator to oversee resource and project planning, manage projects and ensure that they are delivered on time and on budget.

Responsibilities:
Monitoring, planning. scheduling and reporting on projects
Project management of e-learning and 3D/VR training & assessment based programmes
Liaising with suppliers, internal and external stakeholders
Managing the review & sign off process required to move projects forward on schedule
Tracking of project spend and maintaining tight control of the budget
Working closely with clients to request, review and provide feedback on project information
Co-ordinating development team members
Define and schedule of tasks of the project and produces Project Plan
Identify issues and resolve by implementing counter measures as appropriate
Ensure quality of project deliverables
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Qualifications & Requirements:
Experience in project management / co-ordination of e-learning or software development
Relevant Qualification or training
Experience of managing a team
Experience of project co-ordination in e-learning, software development or similar field is very beneficial
Excellent organisational skills
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/Project)
Ability to multi-task and prioritise
Adaptable to project requirements
Exceptional written and communication skills.
People skills to lead, direct and motivate team members

Security:
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location:
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information:
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information:
Please include a detailed CV with a full work history. Please also ensure you provide an explanation for any gaps in employment.

APPLY HERE

Job Description
Graphic/Multimedia Developer
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge e-learning and games-based (‘Serious Games’) learning solutions.
We are looking for a Graphic/Multimedia Developer to join the multimedia team and get involved in creating the dynamic and innovative e-learning. You will develop a range of creative e-learning solutions for multiple platforms and delivery channels.

Responsibilities
Creating e-learning content using a range of tools
Create and animate graphics.
Design and develop highly interactive learning content.
Adapting and modifying existing project code.
Work alongside development teams.
Work to deadlines and budgets.
Research new technologies and methods.
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Qualifications & Requirements
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite software such as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver.
Good graphical design skills.
Knowledge of rapid e-learning tools such as Articulate Captivate is very desirable
Experience of Actionscript/JavaScript programming is desirable
Web design experience desirable (HTML/Javascript/CSS)
Problem solving abilities.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.
Good communication skills.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations.

An up-to-date CV and portfolio of work (personal or professional images or showreel).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered

APPLY HERE

Job Description
Instructional Designer
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Month

Skills2Learn, a Babcock International Group Company, is a dynamic company based in Milton Keynes specialising in cutting edge e-learning and games-based (‘Serious Games’) learning solutions.

We are looking for a talented Instructional Designer to fill a key role in a creative team. You will design inventive e-learning and simulation/scenario based learning experiences that push the boundaries of digital training.
The role requires a technically oriented, creative and motivated individual with an e-learning background.

Responsibilities
Create engaging e-learning scripts and simulation/scenario storyboards.
Author assessment questions for course materials.
Training Needs Analysis and development of learning objectives where required.
Collaborate with Subject Matter Experts, clients and the development team.
Review scripts to ensure quality and consistency throughout.
Work co-operatively with all levels in the organisation to ensure instructional design standards are maintained.
Work to deadlines and budgets.
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Qualifications & Requirements
A strong understanding of and a passion for eLearning and Learning Technologies
Proven track record of designing and delivering e-learning.
Strong technical and creative design knowledge.
Experience of instructional design for technical subjects is desirable
Excellent written and spoken English.
Excellent communication and client facing skills.
Understanding of e-learning development tools and delivery.
Ability to script e-learning in varying styles appropriate to the subject, target audience and technical constraints.
Accuracy and attention to detail (excellent quality assurance).
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Superior time management and multi-tasking skills.
Ability to understand and work within technical constraints.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements.

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations.

An up-to-date CV and evidence of work (personal or professional scripts or storyboards).
Due to the high level of response we normally receive, if you have not heard from us within 6 weeks please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

APPLY HERE

Job Description
Lead ELearning/Multimedia Developer
South East – Milton Keynes
FTC – 12 Months

We are looking for an experienced Lead E-Learning/Multimedia Developer to join the multimedia team and get involved in creating the dynamic and highly innovative e-learning. You will lead the development of a range of creative e-learning solutions for multiple platforms and delivery channels.

Responsibilities
Creating e-learning content using a range of tools
Create and animate graphics.
Lead the design and development highly interactive learning content.
Adapting and modifying existing project code.
Co-ordinate with other team members and managers
Work to deadlines and budgets.
Research new technologies and methods.
Oversee and manage other team members
Ensure high production values are maintained
Protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference
Comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

Qualifications & Requirements
Knowledge of rapid e-learning tools such as Articulate Captivate / Articulate Storyline
Understanding of good instruction design principles
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite software such as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver.
Good graphical design skills.
Experience of Actionscript/JavaScript programming is desirable
Team leadership skills
Problem solving abilities.
Accuracy and attention to detail.
Be creative and have an eye for detail.
Show initiative and be able to develop ideas.
Work effectively as part of a team or individually.
Good communication skills.

Security
Offers of employment are normally subject to satisfactory references and any other required pre-employment checks. In certain circumstances, successful applicants will need to satisfy security clearance requirements

Description of Location
South East – Milton Keynes

Company Information
Babcock is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Application Information
Send us a cover letter that includes full contact information, reasons for application, travel considerations and salary expectations.

An up-to-date CV and portfolio of work (personal or professional images or showreel).
Please Note: Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

APPLY HERE

Train2Game News GameBlastLIVE Stream

SpecialEffectGameBlastLIVE, a Children in Need style 24 livestream, will be anchoring SpecialEffect’s GameBlast gaming marathon event this weekend.

Streamed from the London headquarters of industry trade body UKIE, the show will feature interviews with top gaming figures, playthroughs of new game content, gaming merchandise giveaways and regular updates from the hundreds of teams across the world taking part in the charity fundraiser.

The livestream starts at 10am on Saturday and can be seen at http://www.twitch.tv/gameblastlive

Highlights of the stream include:

  • The Oliver brothers from SkySaga, who will be reflecting on 20 years in the industry before a gameplay session.
  • Kate Russell will be battling through hyperspace with some top Elite antics.
  • PocketGamer will be on the sofa talking and showing the best of mobile entertainment.
  • Team17 will be live from their headquarters, scrambling their way out of The Escapists.
  • The team from Bossa will be slicing through I Am Bread, before things get messy with Surgeon Simulator.
  • Go8Bit will be creating mayhem in the studio with gameshow and forfeit challenges.

GameBlast, the UK’s largest charity gaming marathon, swings into action on Friday with the aim of raising over £100,000 for gamer’s charity SpecialEffect.

The challenge event, which will run from 20-22 February, has attracted over 250 individuals and gaming teams from across the world. They’ll be running their own gaming marathons at times over the weekend – some up to 24 hours in length – and asking for online sponsorship to hit their fundraising targets.

Big names in the gaming industry are involved, including retail giant GAME, online games developer Jagex and global video streamers Twitch. In total over 50 companies from the industry are involved in various ways, from hosting their own 24 hour staff marathons to contributing to the prize giveaways.

The aim is to raise money for the work of SpecialEffect, who help people with physical disabilities to benefit from the fun, friendship and inclusion of video games.

For more details about GameBlast, see http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/gameblast

Train2Game News Interview with Fee Stewart on Women in Games

Fiona StewartFormerdroid Managing Director and former Train2Game student Fee Stewart has made a list of the top 100 women in gaming. We interviewed her about what the nomination meant to her and what it’s like being female in the UK Games Industry.

What does it mean to be included in the list of Top 100 Women In Games?

Personally I am chuffed to be amongst such great women in the industry. It feels great that there is so many women in the industry to be able to narrow it down to 100. I would now like to see the top 100 males too though now! It’s all about inclusion and diversity at the end of the day.

When going about your work, do you see yourself as one of the UK’s high flying women in Gaming?

Definitely not lol. I think I will always feel humble when looking at what others do. I love this industry with an extreme passion so have never felt that I am “Working” when doing what I love. I still feel I haven’t actually achieved anything worthy yet.

How important do you think this kind of event is to females in the Games Industry?

It’s nice to be included. It is nice to see that there are other girls in the industry and if it encourages more girls to join it then it is worth doing but at the end of the day it is equally important that everyone, male and female are made to feel inclusive into the industry.

What are some of your experiences being a Woman in Games?

I am a team player. I don’t look at me and think female, Mother of three. I look at me and see Game Dev. Most of the industry looks and me and sees Game Dev, that is the way it should be. I have had a few occasions where I have been ignored by a few of the male Game Devs who presume I am someone’s wife or girlfriend rather than a Developer myself, which has been a bit annoying.

How can women in Video Games help each other?

I don’t believe it is a case of helping each other. It is nice to meet up with other girls in the industry, sometimes as I miss girly things being with the boys all the time but if you want to be the best then be it. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female. I think it is important that everyone male or female is recognised for good work! I don’t want to be special just because of my sex.

How can people continue to support and drive females working in games?

Be inclusive, don’t assume things. That girl in the group may also be a game developer and might even be a better one than you. Before women get to the workplace teach girls at Primary level to code. Make it acceptable socially to be a girl geek and let toys be toys, not boy’s toys and girl’s toys.

What are you working on now, what do you have planned for the future?

We are getting Splemy ready for iOS and Android. I am also helping organise the next big Gamayo ( Game Makers Yorkshire ) event in April as we have over 500 members. As for the future who knows?

Train2Game News Babcock Job Vacancies

Babcock-logoBabcock have a numerous amount of jobs available for several different levels and areas of development.

Babcock is the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation with revenue of over £3.5bn in 2014 and an order book of circa £12 billion. They manage critically important assets that help to bring power to homes and businesses, keep trains running safely, ensure mobile phone networks stay operational and help our armed forces defend national interests.

Based in Milton Keynes they have jobs available for Developers and 3D Artists among others. What better way to end this year and begin 2015 with an exciting new career that will give you great experience readying you for heading into games development.

If this sounds like the right move for you then you can view a list of the jobs available here.

For all of those who apply I wish the very best of luck!

Train2Game News LxB Games hiring

LxB GamesIndependent studio created by Train2Game student offering paid contract work to Train2Game students

In yet another Train2Game success story, a student has setup her own professional studio and is now looking to the Train2Game community to service the studio. Students are invited to apply for paid contract work creating games. At this time LXBGAMES are looking for a Programmer but have many more projects planned in the future.

Laurece Brown, CEO & Founder, LxBGAMES, is on the hunt in the Train2Game community to find suitable people to work with her independent studio. Laurece, who is set to complete the Train2Game course in January 2015, is looking for support for students who will complete work on projects for a fixed fee. The games planned are not going to be huge and each project won’t take long to complete.

LxBGAMES is currently working on Sweet Life, details can be found on the team’s website (www.lxbgames.co.uk) and social media. The team has a lead programmer and lots of artists available. They are now looking to compliment the team with a hard working programmer, who has skills in: Animation, Action Script and Flash. Budgets are not huge at this time but students will be paid to complete the work. LxBGAMES are currently looking for support on Sweet Life but any applicants interested in contract work will be kept on file for future projects.

If you are interested, contact:

Laurece Brown
lxbgames@hotmail.com
www.lxbgames.co.uk

Train2Game News Eurogamer 2014 Video

Train2GameTrain2Game was at Eurogamer last month and we have put together a video from some of our students who were in attendance about there thoughts on the Train2Game course. Enjoy the video below

Train2Game News Video Game Mentoring Network Scheme

UKIE LogoAfter the success of the first cohort of the Video Game Mentoring Network scheme, which saw eight games businesses start the programme earlier this year, Ukie have once again partnered with Nesta to match businesses with experienced games industry mentors.

The scheme aims to advise and nurture games businesses with an appetite for growth and mentoring will officially start in December. Businesses who join the Games Mentoring Network will receive:

· One-to-one business mentoring in the form of 10 two-hour sessions over a 6-12 month period

· An induction workshop at the start of the programme to get the most out of your mentoring sessions

· Workshops and events designed to meet other members of the wider creative Network

· Coaching support – in addition to mentoring

Ukie and Nesta want businesses of all sizes to apply to be mentored, from start-ups who have been established for less than two years, to established and high growth potential business who are looking to scale. The minimum criteria for applying are simply that you must be a registered business that:

· Has made or sold a game in the UK in the last 12 months or have a game ready to bring to market in the next six months.

· Or you can also be a business that has launched a product or service in the UK that supports the creation and selling of games within the last 12 months.

· Being a Ukie member automatically qualifies you to apply.

Ukie CEO, Dr Jo Twist said: “Building on the success of the first wave of games mentoring, our partnership with Nesta will give even more games businesses an amazing opportunity to get first hand expert advice from people with proven track records in the games industry. Mentoring is invaluable for both mentees and for mentors and they learn a great deal from each other throughout the process.”

Ukie and Nesta are inviting games businesses to apply for mentoring by contacting mentoring@ukie.org.uk.

Train2Game News Former CEO of EA takes over at Unity

unity-logoUnity Technologies announced today that Co-founder David Helgason has stepped back from his role as CEO and welcomed John Riccitiello, former CEO of Electronic Arts, into the position. Helgason will continue at Unity as Executive Vice President in charge of strategy and communications.

John Riccitiello steps into the role of CEO of Unity Technologies having served on the Board of Directors from November 2013. Previous to his work with Unity, Riccitiello served as the CEO of Electronic Arts and co-founded investment firm Elevation Partners. He has also served as advisor to, and invested in, several startups including Oculus VR and Synertainment.

“I’m so proud of everything Unity accomplished in the last decade but now it’s time to look forward to an excellent future. Our mission is an important one, so I’m incredibly happy that John has agreed to lend his formidable experience to the role of CEO at Unity,” said David Helgason. “We’ve had the chance to work together over the last year-and-a-bit and come to recognize how similar our views are on the importance of the democratization of development to a thriving developer ecosystem and healthy games industry. We’re in great hands.”

“Unity has been a hugely positive force in the games industry for years. Now it’s my incredible fortune to have the opportunity to help guide Unity going forward.” said John Riccitiello. “Unity is more than a great engine or packages of services, it’s an amazing and diverse community of developers, many of which are changing the way we think about game design and production. Unity’s mission – to democratize development – is an important one that I’m very happy to help drive forward.”