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Malaysian graduates of games training programme secure jobs

AvantiKumar | Aug. 23, 2011
MSC Malaysia company Codemasters (KL) Games Art Studio's Accelerator Training Programme 2011 graduates get full-time employment.

Codemasters accelerator programme graduates 2011

PHOTO - Graduates of Codemasters Accelerator Training Program 2011.

Full-time jobs have been granted to the first graduates of a training programme run by Malaysia-based MSC (Multimedia Supercorridor) Malaysia status games developer firm Codemasters (KL) Games Art Studio.

The Codemasters Accelerator (CAP) training programme is managed by Codemasters (KL), which produced the recent successful Dirt3 off-road racing game among others, and is designed as an in-studio, salaried 3D games art training course for artists who want to fast track their entry into the games industry, said Codemasters (KL) technical art trainer, Ivon Smith.

"We retain Malaysia's best games artists, thus applicant portfolios must be of the very highest standard, with games artwork included in them before the artists can even gain an interview at Codemasters (KL)," said Smith, adding that the studio has contributed large proportions of the 3D art and animation content for eight successful and award-winning AAA platform Codemasters games (Xbox, PS3, and PC), with the ninth, Bodycount, to be released globally at the end of August 2011.

"The Codemasters team has created an intensive training course that introduces trainees to the in-house software used, Autodesk 3ds Max, trains them in the artistic methods and standards that are daily routine for all the artists and very quickly takes them into production level art asset creation projects," he said. "[These include] guidance, demos and instruction as well as documentation, video tutorials, daily appraisals and feedback procedures for CAP trainees help them progress rapidly as 3D games artists."


Extensive portfolio

"Although the material we teach is aimed towards our games, the skills acquired are also of a calibre suitable for a 3D games art position in almost any studio in the world and the artists would also have an extensive portfolio of world-class photorealistic games assets. CAP Training at Codemasters [KL] is no ordinary internship programme," said Smith.

Government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) chief operating officer Ng Wan Peng, said: "We are glad that Codemasters puts strong emphasis on fuller scale talent development - from training to employment. In line with the nation's goal of transforming into an innovative digital economy by 2020, we need initiatives like the Codemasters Accelerator Programme to facilitate the acceleration of strategic-value investments and knowledge-worker development into MSC Malaysia."


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