Gaming specialist in link to supercharge students’ career opportunities

Co-founders of d3t, Steve Powell, left, and Jamie Campbell

A co-development studio in the game technology sector has partnered with the UK’s only Unity Centre of Excellence at HOST, the Home of Skills & Technology, in Salford.

Based at MediaCity and operated by IN4 Group, the centre promises a mixture of guidance and supported learning for games programming students, with industry professionals on hand to ensure they are provided with the tools and knowledge to enable them to flourish within the industry or their existing roles.

The studio, d3t, with its combined 450 years of industry insight and experience, will be supporting the centre through a combination of workshops, roundtables and guiding new start-up projects.

Cheshire-based d3t is also part of Keywords Studios, an international technical and creative services provider to the video games industry, and is credited on titles such as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Alan Wake Remastered, Mafia II: Definitive Edition, Assetto Corsa Competizione, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Phil Owen, head of engineering at d3t, said: “We have a close relationship with the team at HOST and we were keen to be a part of this project right from the get-go. Entering at such an early stage ensures that both students and members alike can start to get the advice and support they need without delay.”

He added: “At d3t, supporting and mentoring the next generation of games programmers, on a wide variety of game development environments, including Unity and Unreal, is a key focus of ours.

“We also work with universities and initiatives both locally and nationally to ensure that students get the support they need to enter and thrive within the games industry, and we are excited to continue this with HOST.”

Simon Benson, director of immersive technology at HOST, said: “d3t has a wealth of industry experience and we’re excited to bring their knowledge and expertise of gaming technology to the HOST community. The support on offer will be vital towards developing digital pioneers with the technical skills they need to innovate and grow in their careers.”

The Unity Centre of Excellence at HOST offers cutting edge, industry relevant skills development and fast tracks students into leading professional roles in the technology sector.