Plans build for Skillset's London Games Festival events

Plans build for Skillset's London Games Festival events
Michael French

By Michael French

October 17th 2008 at 3:24PM

'Skillsweek' to bring developers together and discuss talent and training

The deadline is nearing for interested attendees to register for this month's Skillsweek.

The London Games Festival event is a week-long Skillset-backed set of workshops and seminars to look at talent and training.

The event runs from October 27th to 31st, and hopes are high that over 250 will attend, repeating Skillsweek's success after its debut last year.

Kate O’Connor, executive director at Skillset, commented: “Game development has one of, if not the, most diverse skills requirements of all modern media. From mathematicians and physicists at one end of the spectrum to, actors and architects at the other, the UK gaming industry must be able to tap into these skills to maintain its position as one of the world leaders.
 
“Successful and popular forums like Skillsweek are exactly what the industry needs to help confront the skills challenge.  It provides the perfect platform from which experts can debate the issues and exchange views on best practice.”

According to Skillset, this year’s programme includes:
 
- The return of last year’s Mod Workshop. Everyone will be taught the basics of level design with Unreal Engine 3, from basic geometry to lighting and implementing AI.
 
- Scarce Talent Seminars: looking at how to cross the gap from mod-maker or bedroom programmer to professional developer, how to get into audio for games, research and development jobs in the games industry. Tuesday will delve into topics often neglected by games industry events.
 
- A Game Design Workshop: the best way to focus on game design is with a paper prototype. In this workshop, you'll learn how to produce a prototype board game from scratch.
 
- The Coding Dojo Workshop: learn Agile Development Skills and the basics of flash as well as pair programming and other agile techniques.
 
- The C Word: a whole day of high level panels and talks on the skills shared between VFX, animation and game development.

Click here to find out more and register