Matmi to help upskill gaming graduates

Matmi to help upskill gaming graduates

Award winning game design company Matmi is teaming up with the University of Salford to help upskill the region’s budding gaming developers.

Matmi, a business whose clients include the BBC and Barclays, will offer students on the BSc (Hons) Computer and Videogames with Industry Placement course, a valuable insight in to the industry.

The Macclesfield-based company will offer a series of guest lectures to students, and will give feedback to final year students undertaking their major degree projects.

The collaboration comes following a highly successful summer internship by second year student Vitor Hette.

Whilst on placement, Vitor designed prototypes of several games for clients, including a floor projected mini-golf game and a mixed reality ghost game.

Nathan Broadbent, digital strategy director at Matmi, said: “When Vitor came on his placement with us, we were very impressed with the wide variety of skills that he had learnt on his course.

“It meant that he could work on prototypes of games for some of our clients, and he was flexible in what he could do.

“We see the value in students and believe that they can bring lots of fresh ideas to the industry.

“As a business we’re looking at how we can incorporate things like virtual reality into what we’re doing.

“So having students from Salford that can play with hardware and know how to code is a real benefit to us.”

Matmi also plans to offer one student on the course the chance to undertake a six month work placement with them, as part of the course requirement which requires students to spend a period of time working in industry.

Programme lead Mick Lockwood added: “Building relationships is critical in aligning our student experience with the requirements of local industry; we hope to work with Matmi to develop excellent student opportunities, providing real world experience, giving our graduates an edge in the digital marketplace."

 

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