TWOFOUR54’S GAMING ACADEMY’S FIRST CLASS OF GAME DEVELOPERS
The first class of graduates from the twofour54 Gaming Academy, in partnership with Ubisoft Abu Dhabi, celebrated the completion of the 16-month game development course.
Eight graduates presented their team projects to guests, including twofour54’s chief executive, Noura Al Kaabi; managing director of Ubisoft Abu Dhabi, Yannick Theler ; and head lecturer at the Gaming Academy, Matthew Bell. According to a joint press release, gaming is one of the fastest-growing sectors within the media industry overall and in the Mena region, in particular. It is set to expand with more and more gaming applications on smartphones and tablets.
Leveraging the resources of Ubisoft, the programme focused on production and consumption, content development skills and the importance of game prototype iteration and user testing. Some of the graduates have since secured internships at Ubisoft Abu Dhabi, while others have been offered full-time employment.
A game developed by one of its students, Speed Freakz – an arcade racing game – is now available for download for Android in the Google Play App Store.
Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of twofour54, says: “When we opened the doors of the twofour54 Gaming Academy, in March 2012, we were mindful that the digital games played locally have traditionally been developed outside the region. Our aim was to build the skills of our students and help enable the Arab world to create its own games, reflecting the region’s multicultural environment and values.”
Upping their game: Many graduates have been employed by Ubisoft Abu Dhabi