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Aussie Games Graduates Snapped Up


 


ZDNet Australia - http://www.zdnet.com.au/
Published: 13 October 2000 03:01 PM







Australian and international game development and gaming companies last night vied for the services of Australia's first game developer school graduates.

The students, who will formally graduate next week, secured interviews with top companies, including French giant Infogrames, United States-based Pandemic and internationally successful Australian companies Auran, Krome Studios, Tantalus and Ratbag Games.

They will be the first in Australia, and possibly the world, to receive a government-recognised Diploma in Game Development and Visualisation.

Four of 20 students have been employed by Brisbane-based Krome Studios, which has signed a major publishing deal with Mattel Interactive for a surfing game due for international release in November.

Another two have been offered jobs with casino software company, Next Generation Gaming.

Brisbane-based QANTM Co-operative Multimedia Centre launched the course in July last year and students were selected on the basis of a portfolio of previous work. They each paid about AU$6000 to do the course, which covers graphics, animation and programming.

QANTM managing director described the get-together of students and prospective employers as a triumph and announced that from next year the course would be run in Sydney and Melbourne through agreements with North Sydney and Swinburne University of Technology TAFE's.

Every graduate is expected to have a job offer by the time they formally receive their diploma.

Auran director Graham Edelsten said the course had uncovered some great talent. He said the game industry was about to see an unprecedented boom because of the new opportunities being opened up by e-commerce and the value of the industry worldwide was predicted to increase from US$7 billion to almost US$200 billion by 2003.

"There will be a huge number of jobs available for game developers," he said.

Auran is a major sponsor of the course and has pledged to provide jobs for a number of graduates in coming years.

In September the Queensland Government announced it would contribute almost AU$1 million to provide 80 scholarships over four years for Queenslanders to study game development.

The first 20 scholarship winners will complete their diploma courses at the end of this year.


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