The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries shares news of the University of Portsmouth hosted a successful conference with games developers about the Southern Independent Game Developers Network (SIGN) earlier this week.
The SIGN (Southern Independent Game developers Network) conference held at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 7th November was a great success with 190 students, postgraduates and game developers gathering in the University’s Eldon Building 200-seater lecture theatre to reflect on the current state and future of the games industry.
SIGN is a collaboration between the University of Portsmouth, Solent University and Bournemouth University and this year’s 4th Annual SIGN Conference was hosted by Portsmouth and supported by the games industry trade association TIGA.
Portsmouth graduates Luke Hale (Senior Producer at Cloud Imperium) and Matt Roper (Technical Artist at Unity Technologies) were joined by Jessica Baker (Software Engineer at Rare) to give refreshingly personal accounts of working in the games industry and the skills required to get noticed and succeed.
They were joined by Portsmouth’s Computer Games Enterprise course leader Ted Turnbull for a panel presentation led by Mark Eyles (Creative Technologies Section Lead and TIGA Educational Advisor), where they discussed a mixture of controversial and problematic games industry issues.
After the conference, a well-attended networking event was held at the nearby King Street Tavern.