The British Computer Society has funded the Stratton Education Centre to help its students learn the introductory skills required to develop computer games.
The funding has allowed Evil Twin Artworks, a Swindon based games developer to deliver sessions focusing on creating simple 2D games and helping the young people take the first step towards becoming computer programmers.
The UK is one of the market leaders in video game development although a lot of companies outsource to contractors abroad due to a lack of home grown talent in key areas. This has led Evil Twin to try and encourage talent locally, especially in areas where people may not realise it is possible to do projects such as this in the UK.
The BCS funding has also given staff at the school the opportunity to enhance their skills and learn how to continue to help the young people develop programming skills.
Mark Carroll Director of Evil Twin Artworks said “The young people involved have all been really focused and excited at the prospect of creating their own games and have all learned a lot as a result”
Evil Twin Artworks are Swindon based game developers who have for nearly 12 years created animation and interactive content for broadcast and corporate companies. They have currently developed nearly 20 apps for the app store, android market and facebook.