British Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism Shaun Woodward has called on the video game industry to sponsor a games academy. Woodward imagines the training ground would be similar to the London Film School and could harvest talent that would otherwise go unnoticed. "You might have kids who traditionally have quite a difficult time coping with traditional academic subjects but happen to be the most amazing gamers," explained Woodward.
While it's unclear if Woodward makes the distinction between 'gamer' and 'gamer developer,' he does make an important point: the games industry has moved beyond its "rebel period." Now, as a significant factor of economic growth, perhaps it is time for the industry to build its own "institutional bricks." Where do we send the application?
UK Minister calls for industry-sponsored games academy
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