Hyderabad Is the Right Choice

Hyderabad has a population of nearly one crore and of this a considerable portion are migrants from other parts of India. Students account for nearly 32 percent of the floating population in the city according to a survey done in 2012 for Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) as part of the Comprehensive Transportation Study (CTS).

Hyderabad has a large student population because it is home to many universities and institutes of repute. The city has two central universities; three deemed universities, and six state universities. Osmania University is one of the oldest universities in India. Other reputed educational institutes are  University of Hyderabad, EFLU, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University,  International Institute of Information Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research  etc.  Institute of Public Enterprise and the National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (NALSAR) are situated here. This attracts students from all over India and even foreign countries. Apart from this, Hyderabad is well connected to places all over India by air, rail and road. So students coming here to study are not constrained by lack of connectivity.

Unique Features

The diversity in population in Hyderabad enhances the cosmopolitan nature of the city and presents a potpourri of cultures for the students to savour. The city hosts educational, cultural and professional events on a regular basis which helps students enrich their learning experience.

The numbers of restaurants, cafes, multiplexes and malls in the city provide good venues for entertainment, socialising and catching up with friends. The city is safe for students. Initiatives like the SHE teams introduced by Hyderabad police to protect women have made female students feel safer here. Most of the universities here provide good hostel facilities and there are other options like youth hostels, paying guest accommodation etc.  The city also has a relatively peaceful political and social environment and good public and healthcare services.

In a survey recently conducted by global consulting firm Mercer, the city has been ranked as the best Indian city to live in. The city is ranked at 139 in the list of 230 cities from across the world. The city in comparison to other Indian cities scores in terms of ‘lower crime rate’, ‘lesser air pollution’ and ‘improved options for international and reputable English speaking schools’ according to Mercer. Other Indian cities featured in the list are Pune (144), Bangalore (145), Chennai (150), Mumbai (152), Kolkata (160), and New Delhi (161).

For parents sending their children to study here, the advantages are the city is well connected and there are a number of national and international banks to transfer money. The cosmopolitan nature of the city assures that their children will not feel out of place here as they are bound to be students from their state or region here.  Cultural associations of different states are popular venues for students in the city to meet people from their state.

Employment

After finishing their education, young people can find c in the city because Hyderabad is home to many IT companies, multinational firms, manufacturing firms, pharmaceutical firms etc. The city is home to international IT companies like IBM, Microsoft, Accenture and Dell. Apple and Uber are planning to set up their development centres here.

So if you are choosing to do a course in game design at Backstage Pass, rest assured Hyderabad will be a good place to study. As for employment opportunities after your course, Backstage Pass provides placement options and there are opportunities for working in reputed companies like Purple Talk, Gameshastra etc., which are operating in Hyderabad.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get set for your dream career in the ‘City of Pearls.’

Women in Game Development

Women in Game Development

Game development is fast catching up as a career choice among young girls in India. Today many girls are hooked to online, mobile and video games as much as boys and are choosing a career in game development.

Women in game development bring a fresh perspective to the theme, story line and the characters in the game. With more women playing games, companies are also rethinking the way games are designed. They are looking at adding more female characters to the games. They also believe that women game developers can create dynamic female characters and are encouraging them.

Today there are many women game developers who have found success and are inspiring young women to take up game development. If you are considering this profession then here are the skill sets and job requirements for game development. Read ahead for perspectives on the profession from some women game developers.

Skill Sets

The general qualities and skill sets required to make a career in this field include strong skills in drawing, creative bent of mind, analytical thinking, visualization, logical thinking, interpersonal skills etc.

The eligibility for doing an undergraduate degree or diploma in game development is 10+2 with maths, physics as the main subjects.

Game development as a profession offers diverse roles from game designer, game writer, and game artist to game tester. One can work as game programmers and design and write the computer code that runs and controls a game.

It is no doubt a challenging field and requires team work, good communication skills and willingness to listen and collaborate. These qualities are not gender specific and women can do as well as men in this field. The evidence of this is the increasing number of successful women game developers.

Women Game Developers

Women in GamingGlobally, women constitute a small percentage of game developers. The workforce in game development companies is dominated by males but women are making small but sure inroads into the industry.

Today there are many women game developers working at top levels and some have even started their own companies. Game companies agree on the fact that more women need to be hired as game designers if better games are to be produced.

According to The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) workplace study in 2014, 76 percent of the workforce is male, compared to 22 percent female. The apprehensions women have to deal with include long working hours, early burn out and decreased job satisfaction. But the positive fact is women who made up only 11.5 percent of the workforce in 2009 has seen an increase.

In India too, there are many women who not only play games but are also active in game forums. We spoke to Poornima Seetharaman, lead game designer at GSN Games India Pvt Ltd. She started her gaming career with a South Korean mobile games company, Cyberhills. She also worked with Indiagames (now Disney), where she was the Lead Designer for the mobile version of Bioshock. She runs her own game design studio, Pinaka Interactive which focuses on games that deal with social causes in the real world. She is also one of the founding members of Nasscom Gaming Forum – Special Interest Group on Women in Game Development.

Poornima’s advice to women wanting to take up gaming as a career:

  • Take up an internship. An internship gives you clarity and provides you with money, mentors and network. Then choose which career path in gaming you would like to pursue. This will help you decide your path based on experience and not just understanding.
  • Never put a person on a pedestal or put down a person just because they are good or bad at a particular game.
  • Utilize the online medium which has abundant sources on game development. Learn, learn, and learn even more.
  • Participate in gaming events and conferences and build your contacts.

But there are challenges women game developers have to contend with.

The Way Ahead

Women game developers feel games can be made more inclusive to women if they have more of female protagonists. They opine that the lack of diversity in the types of games being made is one reason there are very few female protagonists and this can change only if more women get into game development.

But the good news is many women are breaking stereotypes and choosing this profession. They are experimenting with game development and bringing creativity to the field and are succeeding too. They are an inspiration to young women.

To discover more about women game developers, there are online forums and blogs dedicated to women in the profession. Two of them are http://www.gamingaswomen.com/ and http://women.igda.org/

Young women can choose this profession for the number of exciting avenues it offers; they can be artists, animators, writers, designers, producers or programmers after the right course of study.

Backstage Pass is encouraging more girls to opt for a career in game development by offering scholarships for female students.

With such initiatives to encourage more women to enter the profession,   the numbers of women game developers is bound to grow.