Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) Collaborates with Unity Technologies (UTech) to Set up a Game Design & Development Centre.
Unity Technologies’ General Manager (Asia), Mr John Goodale and Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of InfoComm Technology Director, Ms Angela Wee in the MOU signing ceremony on 22 March 2012.
Award-winning 3D game engine provider, Unity Technologies (UTech), and Singapore’s leading institution of higher learning, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), announced their partnership on 22 March 2012 to launch a Game Design & Development Centre to train students in the area of game art, design and development.
The Game Design & Development Centre will provide students a conducive environment to learning and acquiring the production know-how in game asset creation, game designing, level designing and game development.
In addition, the Centre will serve as a great launch pad for the aspiring game technopreneurs from the various IT and IDM courses in Ngee Ann Polytechnic to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams to incubate a game concept from the creation of game art to game design, level design and programming, using the award-winning Unity Pro 3D game engine, mentored by industry game practitioners. This will give the students a head start in the game industry which traditionally has been dominated by big players. With Unity, the students can more easily and independently create rich interactive 3D content on the web, mobile platform or the console.
From a MDA report based on DFC Intelligence 2010 data (http://www.mda.gov.sg/Industry/Video/IndustryOverview/Pages/Overview.aspx), the global games market was estimated to be worth $59.5b in 2010 and projected to grow to $70.1b in 2015, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.3%. Strong growth in the mobile and online games markets are expected to lead the trend.
The Singapore games sector has also seen a rapid expansion in recent years with an influx of leading international industry players such as Electronic Arts, LucasArts, Tecmo Koei and Ubisoft. Singapore has also seen more home-grown game studios sprouting - MDA estimates about 62 games development, publishing and services companies, contributing to the vision of Singapore becoming a regional media hub with good capability of creating, publishing and distributing cutting edge original games content.
This UTech-NP collaboration will also benefit the secondary school students who participate in NP’s enrichment programmes and boot camps in game design and development. Students would be taught to design and develop simple games using the engine.
UTech will also work with NP in game capability development for faculty and student and facilitate opportunities for student internship, immersion or study trips through their network of game companies.
UTech will also be sponsoring graduation prizes for the top graduates in the areas of game art, design and development for NP’s School of InfoComm Technology.
About Unity Technologies:
Unity Technologies is a reputable game engine technology solutions and services company based in the US and Unity has won several prestigious awards including the Wall Street Journal 2010 Technology Award, the Most Innovative Company at the SIME Media Momentum Award Ceremony and was named one of Gamasutra’s “Top 5 Game Companies in 2009”. In 2011, Unity game engine was named the #1 game engine that Game Developer readers use for traditional and casual games, and the Best Programming/Development Environment Award at the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference (CEDEC) in Japan.
The vision of Unity Technologies is to democratize game development and enable everyone to create rich interactive 3D content. Unity Technologies is revolutionizing the game industry with its game engine - Unity, its breakthrough development platform for creating games and interactive 3D, like training simulations and medical and architectural visualizations, on the web, iOS, Android, consoles and beyond.
Unity game engine provides a fully integrated development environment, which makes it easier and more cost-effective for content developers for creating and deploying 3D content for online, console & mobile games, virtual worlds and other sectors with creative visual content.
Today Unity Technologies has more than 170,000 registered users worldwide – including Bigpoint, Cartoon Network, Coca-Cola, Disney, Electronic Arts, LEGO, Microsoft, NASA, Panasonic, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Large and small studios, independent professionals, students and hobbyists are using the Unity platform to develop high-quality interactive 3D content for the web, mobile and console. Unity Technologies is one of the fastest growing software companies and is aggressively innovating to expand usability, power and platform reach so that it can deliver on its vision of democratizing interactive 3D technology.
The following are snap shots of games developed through Unity engine, showcased at the recent Game Development Conference 2012 (GDC 2012) through Unity GDC Reel 2012 (http://unity3d.com/gallery/).