Many people are training to work in games development and our research shows that there are over 25,000 young people studying games development degrees in British universities in the 2021 academic year. Anyone and everyone can make videogames but we are concerned about the levels of diversity in the games workforce and student body. We work with many educational, industry and trade body partners to welcome as diverse a cohort of new talent into our colleges, universities and games studios as possible.
In 2019, the BGI worked with the Open University’s social learning platform, FutureLearn, to create an online course for young people keen to start careers in videogames. The 4 week course features a series of videos, discussions, tools, quizzes and articles which take learners through the stages of preparing for careers in games development including:
- How games developers got their start in games development
- What entry-level games programmers, artists, designers and producers do day to day and how they work together
- What are the hidden professional skills that could make you easier to hire
- What recruitment companies would like to see in your CV and what could help you stand out from the crowd
- Tips on providing evidence that you can do a games job, even if you lack experience
- Inside the interview room – what games studios are really looking for at interviews
Diversity and inclusion is a pillar of all BGI’s work. It was important to represent the sector as welcoming to people from all backgrounds and so we handpicked 6 diverse senior producers, recruiters and studio heads to share how they started, shortlist, interview and recruit new starters to their studios or for their clients.
The heart of the course is the experiences of 5 young developers shortly after they started their carerrs. This diverse group of young people share their stories of how they applied, prepared, interviewed and won their first jobs.
At the time of writing, over 5,800 people have enrolled on this course which has received an 84% positive feedback rating from learners.
We are hugely grateful to Sumo Digital, Square Enix, State of play, Aardvark Swift and our very own Claire Boissiere (BGI’s Vice Chair of Trustees) for being filmed and sharing their expertise and experiences.
5,600 enrolled since 2019