Microsoft launches Xbox Academy game development workshops
First event will feature Forza Horizon and Fable studio Playground Games
Microsoft has announced Xbox Academy, a series of free virtual game development workshops designed for aspiring game creators.
The first event will be run by East London Arts and Music (ELAM) college and feature an overview of Forza Horizon and Fable studio Playground Games‘ approach to game design.
It will introduce students to game design fundamentals and include an introduction to the Unity engine, with ELAM showing students how to navigate its interface and develop basic 3D level design.
Participants will join in using their own PC, having downloaded the latest version of Unity and 3D Game Kit ahead of the workshop.
There are a limited number of spaces available across four 90-minute sessions being held over September 12-13. You can register your interest here.
ELAM director of games Curtis Le Blanc said: “Many of the students at ELAM have started their education in games development and other areas based on the inspiration from industry leaders just like the people at Playground, so we know that sessions like this are invaluable in ensuring the huge opportunities for growth an employment in the UK are fulfilled.”
Playground Games studio director Gavin Raeburn added: “I’m thrilled that Playground Games is part of Xbox Academy and that our team members Maria Lee and Ryan Greene can share their experience and knowledge with games creators.”