The new generation of gaming has landed.
Microsoft hasn’t wasted any time rolling out its ‘Xbox Academy’, which helps to teach participants the basics of game design and development, using a popular developmental tool called Unity.
In 2019, the gaming industry was valued at £113.70 billion globally and by 2025 it’s expected to reach £192.80 billion! WOAH!
Are video games the future of story-telling?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks the future of storytelling will be video games, in a Hot One’s interview. (12:50)
We’re inclined to agree with Joseph; some games have deep storylines, which you don’t get in films. But, it won’t be until the future when we really start to see a change. It takes an enormous amount of effort and talent; artists, musicians, designers, actors/actresses, and developers to create such experiences.
Over the years Microsoft has been on a talent spending spree and now has some of the worlds best studios under their roof. Including Rare, Double Fine, inXile, Obsidian, Ninja Theory, Turn 10 and Playground Games.
Microsoft announced that many working within these studios were inspired to join the industry by learning from and watching industry icons. Using this knowledge Microsoft is hoping their new Academy will inspire new potential icons to unleash their hidden developmental/design talent.
Studio director Gavin Raeburn at Playground Games said:
“I’m thrilled that Playground Games is part of Xbox Academy and that our team members Maria Lee and Ryan Greene can share their experience and knowledge with games creators.
As a team, we are passionate about fostering new talent in the industry, such as with our 12-month placement scheme for university students from relevant courses. This event is another great way that we can pass on some of the expertise within the studio to inspire the next generation of game creators.”
Curtis Le Blanc, director of games at East London Arts and Music (ELAM), added:
“It’s a real pleasure to work with the talented people of Playground Games and Microsoft Store in delivering these sessions.
Many of the students at ELAM started their education in games development and other areas based on the inspiration from industry leaders just like the people at Playground, so we know that sessions like this are invaluable in ensuring the huge opportunities for growth and employment in the UK are fulfilled.”
The live academy has actually finished but everything is available on demand. Simply follow this link. (You must be over 16 to participate.)