Luton, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 27, 2009 -- Games queen Samantha Whale was handed her âkeyâ to the future at Bedfordshire University last Wednesday. The 17-year-old student, from Luton, has won thousands of pounds over the last few months by taking on hundreds of opponents across the world in Internet tournaments.
And yesterday she was one of the media students at the leading university to enrol on a groundbreaking course, which could lead her to a Â£50,000 a year job in the burgeoning games industry. The course is linked to a unique jobs search engine, which allows students to get their CVs to potential employers while they are still learning.
Samantha, who received the course kit along with another 20 students from Mr Jan Telensky, co-founder of the train2game organisation which designed the course, said: âThis is brilliant â I love gaming and would love to build a future in it.â
Bedfordshire University was so impressed by courses created by Train2Game, that last Wednesday it linked up to give students the chance of a career in the Â£300bn computer games business.
And the universityâs decision has gone a long way to boost the image of a worldwide training industry, which has often faced a hostile press. The courses were written by computer game studio professionals and have the backing of TIGA, the games industryâs trade association.
Bedfordshire Universityâs head of computer science Prof Carsten Maple said: âThis is a great accolade for a company, to have their material taken up as part of our Bachelor of Science course reflects their strengths and knowledge. âWe evaluated the materials produced by Train2Game and felt they made an important contribution to the curriculum of our BSc Computer Games Development course.
Because the Train2Game materials are written by games industry professionals, with the involvement of the industry trade association, it will help to ensure our students learn relevant skills and are exposed to industry toolsâ.
Mr Jan Telensky, co-founder of Train2Game, said: âWe, as a company, are working hard to give people who want to learn, a brighter future. This is proof not only to the foresight of the University but to our determination to turn out ground-breaking courses.â
Richard Wilson, chief executive of trade association TIGA, said: âThe new Train2Game courses are highly relevant to current industry needs and TIGA members can provide input into the course content and the exam questions through TIGAâs examinations committee. We hope that this new industry-led initiative by Train2Game will increase the supply of well-trained and employable new entrants into the industry.â
Visit http://www.train2game.com or call 0845 2728799 for more information.