Esports – or video gaming competitions – are more than just fun and games. They are a growing industry in Georgia and much of the technology used to develop the games is also used in movie previsualization, creating architecture designs and making TV productions. Proficiency in the technology is needed to fill jobs in all these industries.
Recently Epic Games, the North Carolina-based creator of popular video games and the Unreal software that powers them, awarded the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA) a “Megagrant” to train teachers and professors to teach the cutting-edge software. The Unreal engine has become a technology standard and teaching it will help the state’s professors and teachers prepare more students for in-demand careers in gaming and software development.
“Unreal has become one of the most valuable skills new graduates can know when they seek jobs,” GGDA Executive Director Andrew Greenberg said in a press release announcing the grant. “The GGDA applied for the grant because the need for skilled Unreal developers has far outstripped the current supply.”
Training sessions will be conducted via livesteams, enabling GGDA to instruct teachers throughout Georgia and around the world. The organization’s partners in the grant include Alpharetta’s Hi-Rez Studios, Tripwire Interactive in Roswell, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the DeKalb County Entertainment Commission. Pinewood Atlanta Studios is also serving as an advisor.
GGDA is a nonprofit trade association for Georgia-based professionals and businesses in the video game manufacturing industry.
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