Friday, August 27, 2010

Megaton and BAFTA youth development scheme one to emulate

UK games magazine, Megaton, and BAFTA have announced an initiative that really needs to be emulated down here.

At the upcoming Eurogamer Expo, the two have teamed up to offer a young games designer workshop, to help discover and develop the next generation of games developers.

100 tickets are up for grabs through the Megaton magazine. As well as being able to play all the latest games before they are released at Christmas (a huge prize for gamer young-uns), participants will work in teams to get a hear start on their entries to the UK-wide BAFTA Young Game Designers competition, speak to games industry professionals, and pitch their game idea to the experts.

The BAFTA Young Game Designers is a competition for teams of three people aged 11 to 16 to submit a design for a new video game.

The Australian games industry could do well to encourage the future generations of games developers, too. The broader IT industry is facing a looming skills crisis, and the games industry won't be any different. Giving youth the opportunity for exposure would be a good start.

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