Train2Game News Esports Academy Workshop

EOB Esports Academy, the UK’s first esports academy for anyone between the ages of 7 to 30 looking to understand the business of esports, is proud to announce a partnership with Riot Games for their first tournament at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London.

EOB Esports Academy aims to help guide new talent by offering opportunities to learn everything from esports team creation, event management through to game design and 3D modelling.

The team have partnered with Riot Games for their first tournament which will see 13 budding esports professionals take part in this one-of-a-kind course, funded by the Prince’s Trust. Over the last four weeks League of Legends players have been developing the skills needed to manage a successful team, understand the challenges and the roles of an esports player, and most importantly, understand how to work as a team.

The students have been involved in a series of masterclasses and workshops with esports players and industry professionals and will now come face to face in the final day of their course where their plans are put into action with their first tournament at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London on 19th August.

EOB Esports Academy’s creator Steven Godwin says, “Riot Games have been a big inspiration for starting the EOB Esports Academy, I could see how young people could become stronger individuals by playing League of Legends. The guys at Riot Games have been very supportive and through a chance meeting with Mo Fadl head of esports, we started making this course a reality.”

Mo Fadl, Head of Esports at Riot Games said: “Riot is committed to furthering the esports ecosystem and providing new talent with an opportunity to learn and grow. We are very excited to help the EOB Esports Academy with their first tournament. Having spoken to the students taking part I can already see myself working for them in the future!”

EOB Esports Academy runs a number of workshops and events throughout the year. If you would like to find out more information please visit: http://wuwomedia.com/

Train2Game News British Esports partners with Enemy of Boredom Academy


The British Esports Association has entered into a partnership with the Enemy of Boredom Esports (EOB) Academy, a series of workshops for young people backed by the Prince’s Trust.

The EOB Esports Academy offers education programmes for 14-30 year olds, which are designed to help young people and unemployed people learn new skills, access new opportunities and find work.

The courses aim to build confidence and provide a qualification. They promote teamwork and communication skills through League of Legends, and also include game design, journalism, 3D printing, virtual reality and social media skills.

Each workshop or course is hosted by WUWO Media, an agency which has been designing educational programmes for the creative industries since 2012.

EOB Esports Academy Watford has been in operation since May 2017, while the London Academy opened in September 2017. Another academy will launch in Birmingham in 2018.

Enemy of Boredom is also planning on hosting after-school clubs for younger pupils as well as holiday clubs. In addition, it’s running a one-week game design course in Peterborough in October, including Rocket League training.

WUWO Media is also working on the EOB League, a grassroots esports schools league for secondary schools and 6th forms, which will start with four schools in South London taking part.

The initiative aligns well with the British Esports Association – the not-for-profit national body set up to support grassroots esports – which held a series of esports clubs for children in the summer at Maida Vale Library, promoting communication, teamwork and cognitive skills.

The British Esports Association will be working with WUWO Media/EOB to help shape and promote the academies and to give talks at events. In particular, the association’s projects executive Rob Allen – who has extensive League of Legends coaching experience – will be working closely with the workshops.

Steven Godwin, creator of the Enemy of Boredom Esports Academy, commented: “It’s a great feeling to be teaming up with others to create a positive and strengthened future. WUWO Media’s EOB Esports Academy is delighted to be partnering with the British Esports Association.

“We share a common goal, and that’s to promote esports, educate young people and provide grassroots participation. Having the knowledge and skills available from British Esports helps the young people at the EOB Esports Academy build confidence, gain qualifications and gain careers.”

Andy Payne OBE, chair of the British Esports Association, added: “The work of Enemy of Boredom is important and aligns well with our goals at the British Esports Association – to promote, improve and inspire.

“Getting people interested and involved in esports from a young age can not only help bolster the industry in the long-term, but it also gives something positive back to the community, promoting teamwork, communication and development.”

The Prince’s Trust said in a statement: “We are delighted to partner with WUWO Media on their EOB Esports Academy to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to forge a career in the esports, digital and cyber industries. By attending events, hearing from guest speakers and learning from experts, this course will inspire the group and open their eyes to different employment opportunities within the digital world.”

Train2Game Student Radio Featured Programmes

T2G RadioTrain2Game student radio has gone LIVE! This service will play all the best Train2Game interviews around on a loop so you never miss anything good.

The schedule for the interviews the service plays is as follows:

Phil Cross Audience Marketing Manager at Microsoft UK Mentors Train2Game Students: Phil answers questions from students and explains how Train2Game students can gain many areas of on-going support free from Microsoft.

On BBC Oxford Mike Gamble from Epic advises Parents: Mike shares how parents can help youngsters wanting a career in the gaming industry.

BBC Radio Derby talks to Train2Game Student Daniel Gent: An inspirational interview with Daniel who following a car accident is now Quadriplegic, Daniel says if he can do a Train2Game course anyone can.

On Juice FM Mike Gamble from Epic advises Parents: Mike gives further advice to parents and would be students.

Steve Lindsay from the Princes’ Trust: shares how Train2Game often mirrors the aims of the Princes’ Trust with young people.

Train2Game Student Amy Methven from Scotland: explains how she has already started working with a student studio group.

Train2Game Student Dan Rutter explains: how Train2Game has given him the skills to become a published games studio and start his own games company with his wife.

Train2game student Gareth Brook shares: how an ex-Army communication technician has now joined a games studio.

Train2Game Student Neil Gorman details:how he has already gained work from Microsoft and further his Train2Game course has inspired him to now take a Masters Degree in games. Neil said of the course and the Train2game academic team “it’s been great, it’s been fantastic”.

Ken Gains from City and Guilds shares: how Train2Game works with City and Guilds.

Tune in via Train2Game Student Radio or more information via www.train2game.com

Train2Game student team game Postal Panic released for iPad this week

Horizon Studios, an independent developer comprising entirely of students on Train2Game courses, will soon release their internally developed touch screen puzzle game Postal Panic for iPad on the Apple App Store. The game will be free for the first three weeks.

 Train2Game is pleased to announce that following the first three weeks, 50% of the revenue from the game will be going to the ‘Princes Trust’

Postal Panic is the fun postcode delivering game developed by Train2Game students. Your job is simple; deliver the parcels to the postcodes as quickly as you can.

As the Parcels come down the conveyor belt, you need to deliver them to the postcode displayed on the Postal Scanner 7000; you need to do this before they hit the bottom, as this will damage the parcels and Postal Paul will get fined. Too many fines and you’re in for the sack!

Features

• Accurate map of the UK postal code system

• Simple, intuitive touch &swipe game controls

• Single or Multiplayer with up to 4 players

• Addictively fun puzzle game play and scoring

• Learn the Post Code areas of the UK and impress your friends & family

For updates on Postal Panic head to the official website at http://postalpanic.horizonstudios.co.uk/ 

Postal Panic is set for release on the iPad, and available from the iTunes App store, from Thursday 30th June.

Postal Panic was developed by Train2Game student team Horizon Studios as part of the Train2Game Christmas Competition 2010.

To play more games developed by Train2Game students, visit the official Train2Game Game Jam website, where all the games developed during the 48 hour event are available for free.

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