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 Games Britannia Live workshops

GamesBritanniaGames Britannia Live! have announced that applications for its game development workshops featuring  development tools GameMaker:Studio, Unity3D and Sumo Digital’s exclusive Moshi Monster Platform Engine are now open. For Minecraft fans, GlowInTheDark’s Printcraft workshops are also available to book.

Tom Kenyon, Programme Director of Education at NESTA, and a key sponsor said “Games Britannia Live! is an inspirational event that offers young people the chance not just to play games, but to make their own alongside some of Britain’s best games talent. It’s a unique way to learn about the UK games industry and pick up new skills.”

The following are the available workshops at the event;

Katsuma Unleashed – designed and delivered by Sumo Digital, this workshop will allow younger children to learn the secrets of level design and create their own side-scrolling platform adventure based upon the hit Nintendo title developed by the Sheffield studio. Ages 5 upwards.

GameMaker: Studio – an introduction to creating games for mobile and desktop platforms lead by ambassadors from Sheffield Hallam University. Ages 10 upwards.

Unity 3D – led by industry veteran and indie developer Byron Atkinson-Jones, learn how to utilise the Unity fully integrated game development engine and create your own game. Ages 15 upwards.

PrintCraft – the world’s first 3D printing server for Minecraft. A Use the game to create 3D objects and then make them real with a 3D printer. Ages 5 upwards.

Workshops will run the entire weekend of 28-29 June 2014, between 10am and 4pm in the iconic Millennium Galleries in Sheffield. All places are free, but tickets are very limited and early booking in advance is strongly advised.

Alongside the workshop, tickets are still available for a very special screening of the eagerly anticipated From Bedrooms to Billions film-documentary, and the dramatic chiptune and 8-bit music micro “Gig in the Garden” with headline acts The Curious Machine, Harley Likes Music and more.

To book tickets for all events, and to find out more about the festival visit the Games Britannia Live! website http://live.gamesbritannia.com/

Train2Game News: UKIE and Nesta mentoring

UKIE LogoUkie, who bring games industry expertise and Nesta, who have years of experience of running successful creative industry mentoring schemes, have partnered to develop a mentoring scheme designed specifically for UK games businesses.

Building on the success of Nesta’s wider creative Business Mentor Network, the Video Game Mentoring Network has been set up by Ukie and Nesta to advise and nurture games businesses with an appetite for growth.

The scheme will be officially launched in April but games businesses are being invited to express their interest in being mentored now by contacting mentoring@ukie.org.uk

Businesses joining 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 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. They are also calling on potential mentors to express and interest in being part of the scheme. 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: “This partnership with Nesta gives games businesses an amazing opportunity to get first hand expert advice from people with proven track records in the games industry. Mentoring is invaluable both for mentees and for mentors. Our industry is especially good at collaborating and sharing stories and experiences so we encourage all businesses to apply and be part of the network.”

Mentors for the programme are being selected from successful leaders in the games industry, with experience of working in a variety of businesses from creating their own successful independent development studios and publishing companies, to working at senior levels for multinational games businesses. Individuals can express interest in becoming a mentor by contacting mentoring@ukie.org.uk.