A Train2Game student who works as a night worker with a Hounslow office supplies firm has been given an amazing chance to become a major player in what Bill Gates once described as the second digital decade of the century.
Mantas Versulis potential was spotted by teachers at a college where he is taking a three year course in games development and put forward for a place on Microsoft's new Accelerator programme.
It means the 28 year old who came to the UK from Lithuania five years ago seeking his fortune could end up presenting a hi-tech game plan to a group of leading city investment dragons willing to spend thousands supporting new ideas.
Mantas is working on what he describes as a 'top secret' project involving 'night monsters living inside a wardrobe'.
Mantas, who lives at 41 Summerhouse Avenue, Hounslow, said: “Five years ago I completed a university course in Lithuania as a designer but I knew that because my homeland was so small and suffering in the world-wide credit crunch that I needed to leave and seek my opportunities.
“I've always wanted to work in the games industry but I needed to understand more about the technical side of it. That's when I decided to take the games course but I needed a way to support myself while I studied.
He took on a series of jobs before ending up working as a night loader with the Office Depot company.
“I don't mind working nights because it is helping me realise a dream and gives me the days to study,” he said.
He was put forward by hs college, train2game, Luton, as a contender for the Microsoft scheme. Mike Head, spokesman for the college said: “Mantas is an excellent student and shows a lot of determination to succeed.
“Microsoft are offering an amazing opportunity to people like him - mentoring by their top people and the use of software most students wouldn't be able to afford no matter what job they did. Three months of support and then the chance to pitch their ideas to some of the top investors in the UK, the value of this scheme is incalculable. We are so pleased that our students are getting this opportunity.”
Microsoft described the Accelerator programme as an intensive chance for start-up businesses' focused on anything from games to new social media ideas to break into the big time. The dragons include Barclays
The former chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates said in his final speech to the Las Vegas Consumer Electrics Show in 2008 at the second digital age was beginning and it was going to focus on people and their creativity.
Mantas said: “I believe in what Bill Gates said and I really think the digital age is becoming more about people and I think this amazing opportunity I have been given proves it.”
Last year Prime Minister David Cameron announced tax breaks for the video games developers after it was revealed that t games studios will produce games with £1.7 billion in sales and contribute more than £400 million to the country's coffers.
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