12 October 2018

Games conference heading to Scotland for first time

Games conference heading to Scotland for first time

Some of the biggest names in gaming will descend on Abertay University later this month, as the UK’s biggest student video games conference comes to Scotland for the first time.

The Ukie Student Conference features exclusive talks from industry figures, who’ll give the inside track on how to carve out a successful career in the business.

Among the key speakers at the free event are Hannah Watts, an Abertay alum who’s now a Senior Artist at Coatsink, and Chris Bain, a former General Manager for Xbox in the UK.

“The UKIE Student conference will give our students the chance to engage with key figures in the industry and I’m delighted that we’re able to host them” - Professor Gregor White

Other experts on the diverse line-up include Karl Jones, a Software Developer at Unity, and Tom Goodchild, an Abertay graduate who set up an independent games company from his home in Dundee.

Gregor White, Head of Abertay’s School of Design and Informatics said: “Abertay’s video game courses have been ranked the best in Europe for the past four years, which makes the university the ideal venue for this fantastic event.

“The UKIE Student conference will give our students the chance to engage with key figures in the industry and I’m delighted that we’re able to host them.”

Abertay is the number one ranked games university in Europe according to the prestigious Princeton Review.

A spokesman for Ukie added: “The Ukie Student Conferences provide an incredible opportunity for students to listen and network with industry experts.

“These events afford the perfect platform to gain an understanding in to what life in the video game industry entails, and what skills they need.”

The Ukie Student Conference takes place from 12.00-19.30 on the 31st of October.

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