GCU provides base for next generation of game designers

18 March 2016

GCU will help support new games-design talent.

GCU will help support new games-design talent.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is to become a hub for the next generation of creative leaders in the games industry.

The positioning is part of Tranzfuser, a new talent-development programme from UK Games Talent and Finance CIC, and funded by the UK government.

The programme is aimed at graduates looking to break into the games-development industry, with a strong focus on getting their game to market.

Successful applicants will need to form a development team of up to five graduates and will be awarded a £5000 budget to allocate as they choose throughout the competition. At the showcase event in September 2016, selected teams will be invited to pitch for follow-on funding of up to £25,000 from the UK Games Fund to commercialise their game and launch a company.

Throughout development, participants will have access to regional hubs and leading industry support. GCU will be the West of Scotland Transfuzer hub, with nine other centres across the UK.

Brian McDonald, GCU’s Programme Leader and Lecturer in Games Software Development, said: “We will be hosting a number of teams at the University who have successfully applied to the programme. We will also select some industry mentors, who will provide support and feedback to the teams who are at our hub.

“It’s great that we are helping to support new talent in the Scottish games sector in this way. The funding will be used by the graduates to support the development of their game. It will allow them some freedom to focus on creating a polished product.”

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