Coleg Llandrillo's Computing department has announced that it has been registered as both Xbox and Nintendo developers, which is a possible first for any college or university in the UK!
The partnership will allow students to create games within college and have them released into the public domain. Students will be able to credit themselves, which will undoubtedly make them more employable.
The online digital games, which will be Xbox and Nintendo compatible, will be published onto various console stores. The initiative will commence with higher education (degree-level) students to begin with, followed by their further education peers.
One group of students have set up their own business already, with a studio name of 'Get Triggered'. Their first product is a game relating to mental health, which is made all the more poignant as one of the talented trio has dyspraxia, and another, dyslexia.
The team, Jess Roughton, who is 19-years-old and lives in Towyn, near Abergele, Oliver Rowlands, 21, from Glan Conwy and Joseph Lloyd-Williams, 19, from Denbigh, are all studying on the Foundation Degree 3D Animation and Games Development course at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus.
The college is covering all the financial costs and will have its branding on all games, even though the students will earn all the rights. They had help with the marketing and entrepreneurial aspects from the college's enterprise office, Karen Aerts.
Oliver Rowlands said:
It is fantastic that we have the opportunity at college to be involved with Nintendo and the Xbox Live Creators Program. The game we have produced creates a real impact. We have put a great deal of thought and effort into it. We have even consulted with the charity Mind. Getting the opportunity of creating a published game will hopefully help us immensely with our future careers.
Tutor Rob Griffiths said:
This is an excellent opportunity for our students to add to their skillset and get their names out there within the gaming industry. Not many students can attend an interview saying that they have a published game to their name.
For more information on our courses in Computing at Coleg Llandrillo, or any other courses, please call the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.