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Gaming development course launched in Dubai

A new workshop aims to tap into the demand for gaming in the region by creating an organic industry

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  • Suresh Dinakaran, ISD Global CEO Suresh and Alan Thorn, Head of Game Design at NFTS, UK.Image Credit: Supplied

A new gaming development course in Dubai is looking to hone fresh talent.

A seven-day Game Design & Development workshop is being held in conjunction with the National Film and Television School (NFTS), UK and ISD Global that will teach the basics of game development on the Unity engine. The workshop will teach students the basics, from conception to storyboarding, concluding with a prototype they will create of a working game.

ISD Global CEO Suresh Dinakaran told Gulf News tabloid! the idea behind the session was to lay a stepping stone on the road to developed the region’s very own gaming industry.

“The gaming industry in the Middle East is poised to touch $12 billion by 2020 according to market research. That’s a huge community spending on gaming, whether on PCs, consoles or mobiles,” said Dinakaran. “Yet, the creative side is yet to match the potential. With this workshop, we are hoping to create a parallel industry organically on the development side to meet this demand.”

Dinakaran further stated this workshop would be the first in a series of technology and new media verticals that have been planned.

“Back in 2005, when the entertainment industry was still in its infancy in the region, we launched the Manhattan Film Academy to train 25-30 Emirati filmmakers. That ultimately drew projects such as Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol to the UAE that roped in the expertise of a local crew,” he further added. “We are hoping to plant the same seed for the gaming industry.”

The Dubai gaming workshop will be conducted by industry veteran Alan Thorn, Head of Game Design at NFTS, UK. The Dh7,000 course will be conducted at the IN5 in Dubai Knowledge Park from October 9-17. More details are available online with NFTS.