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Global games designers fly to Cornwall to inspire future talent

Published: December 11, 2019

Cornwall College Camborne 16-18

Games designers flew from around the world to Cornwall to help inspire the next generation of talent for the burgeoning games industry.

Leading “First Person Shooter” games design experts Antimatter conducted a rare workshop at Cornwall College Camborne, giving aspiring games design students the chance to experience life as a professional developer.

Founded in 2013 and based in Falmouth, Antimatter is led by Rich Barham, who has international experience leading teams from renowned companies including Blizzard, Bethesda and Riot Games.

With a long pedigree of successful games including Rising Storm, the business is enjoying continued growth and is currently working on another large project called “83”.

Managing Director, Antimatter Rich Barham, said the company is always looking for talented individuals and employees flew in from Australia and Germany among other locations.

“Cornwall College has a great reputation for its games design courses,” he said.

“Presenting a workshop like the one we have just done, is a great way to engage with future developers and an opportunity to promote our business,” he added.

Experts from the industry viewed student work, demonstrated various skills and discussed career opportunities and progression routes.

BA Games Design student, Callum Pascoe said the workshop was “really enjoyable”.

“It was very educational and we had a rare insight into how a professional and leading games design studio prepares, develops and markets their games,” he continued.

“I got to show them my work and I was very happy with the feedback I received. When I complete the course I’d like to become a coder or games designer and knowing that studios like Antimatter who are based locally, confirms it’s an industry on the rise in Cornwall.”

Recent figures suggest that the UK games industry is worth nearly £3bn to the British economy and employs over 47,000 people across the country.

HE Lead, Games Design Cornwall College Camborne, Stephen Howard said the College has built up an “envious reputation for our Games Design courses”.

“Students can learn from Level 2 up to degree level and by having close working relationships with local games design studios, our students can get access to industry experts, present their own work and have the opportunity for a great career while remaining in Cornwall,” he added.

Rich Barham concluded, “We’ve had a fantastic day today, it’s been a great experience for us too and we’ve met lots of very engaged and knowledgeable students.  The facilities here are brilliant and they obviously receive lots of relevant training in the right software programmes which will help them prepare for industry, we wish them all the very best for the future”.

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