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How does Backstage Pass Placement Service Work for you?

The dominant thought in the mind of any student doing the final year of one’s studies is the kind of job one will get after the course and how soon. Though campus interviews and placements are the norm these days especially for professional courses like engineering, the trend is yet to catch up in other undergraduate courses. But coming to the gaming courses offered at Backstage Pass placements and internships, these are easily accessible to students.

This is because the institute makes efforts to give comprehensive training to students and prepares them for a career in gaming by organizing various workshops, seminars and guest lectures where students can interact with the leading professionals from the industry and prepare themselves for a successful career.

The institute is associated with a few gaming companies which helps students find the right placement or internships. Apart from this, game companies visit the campus on a regular basis to assess the students and give them an insight into the working style and opportunities in the industry.

Some of the part time instructors of the institute are from the gaming industry which gives an opportunity for students to interact with them and get ready references when they apply for a job.

Backstage Pass also makes efforts to train students on the skill sets required to get a job in the industry. Personality development and soft skill training are also provided to help students.

With such efforts, it is no surprise that students here get paid internship during the third year of the course itself and they attend college during the first half of the day and work at a game company during the other half. The stipend they get will be useful to them in financing their studies.

The placement service Backstage Pass provides combined with its well designed courses gives a definite edge to its students.

Asar Dhandala

A Journey into Games and Self

Asar Dhandala

Asar Dhandala – Game Developer

Our student and ace game developer, Asar Dhandala, a soft-spoken and yet dynamic person combining the charm of a college kid and the attitude of a self-taught entrepreneur, is blogging this week to give you a ringside view of game development.

Enjoy the read :-)
Is This Me?
Like many others kids, I joined the biology stream after passing the school. I hoped to crack the medical entrance after my Intermediate (12th class). But within a couple of months into Intermediate, I realized medicine is not my cup of tea. It was super annoying to cut earthworms and later wash hands and eat food. Also, physics and chemistry didn’t excite me at all…. They just didn’t. And I just didn’t feel like I belong.

Net, net …I started thinking. What do I do after Intermediate? I started searching the Internet for alternatives and chanced upon both Backstage Pass and an animation studio. I liked what I saw, and wanted to give it a shot. As soon as I was done with my exams, I joined the animation studio and learnt animation.

Veer Hanuman

Veer Hanuman

Then I approached a Delhi-based game studio for an internship. Sitting in Hyderabad, I worked for them for four months. I attended training sessions on Skype and later read online about how to make games. As a part of my internship, I made a game called Veer Hanuman. It became popular and had two lakh downloads till date. I didn’t make any money as it was an internship assignment but I learnt how to make games even before I stepped into college. And that turned out to be a huge advantage for me.

Convincing My Parents
Since this is a relatively new career path, I had to do something to convince my parents. After designing the Veer Hanuman game that became popular, my parents were convinced too. So I joined Backstage Pass.

Why Backstage Pass?
There were a couple of reasons:
Backstage Pass happens to be the first college in India to offer University-certified bachelor’s degree, of four-year duration, in Computer Science and Game Development and Bachelor of Fine Arts. Many institutions offer only diplomas but not a four-year degree. The degree is conferred by Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts University, which is recognized as a State University by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

•A four-year bachelor’s degree puts you in a sweet spot as some countries mandate 16 years of study (10+2+4) to grant a work visa.

•Backstage Pass is affordable. (Girls love it all the more because they enjoy fee discounts.)

•And I knew, through my internship experience and building the Veer Hanuman game, I could do something on my own.

Support from Backstage Pass
Yes, Backstage Pass supported me well. And it did so, in more than one ways. The faculty taught us well. We had the freedom to explore and build. That is very valuable. All the students receive support to market their games and to visit the overseas game competitions.

In hindsight, I see that Backstage Pass is a very good place to learn the tools and exercise your talent. Experiment, fail, and revise. That is the key.

Every month, 30,000 video games are released for the mobile platform but only 8 to 10% of them succeed. So the odds of failing in making a commercially successful game are very high. However, that is where the fun is. While failing quickly, we learn non-stop and also know what not to do.

Choosing Entrepreneurship
I wanted to take home more freedom and money than a job could afford and also wanted to do something different to engross me and prove myself. So I turned into an entrepreneur when I registered my business, Seven Summits Studio, in my freshman year in 2012. And I started making games.

Also, I felt that college is the right time to fail because no one would question me.

I learnt that it was not easy to manage teams because you were inclined to share profits rather than pay salaries upfront. That made it difficult to bring enough loyalty to function as a team.

Participation in Events Abroad
I traveled to participate in competitions held in Singapore and Seattle. This is a very high cost affair and Backstage Pass supported us.
Recognition

My games started getting noticed in 2013. The release of Petite and Avion saw us receive a host of awards.
Pac-Port

•Nominated for ‘Student Game of the Year’ at National Game Developer Conference (NGDC) 2013

•Nominated for Espacioenter Game Awards 2013

Petite

Asar DhandalaPetite is an ambient experience game built to trace the journey of a woman.

•Best Game: Microsoft’s Dev Camps (Hyderabad) 2014

•Best Game Story: Casual Connect Asia 2014

•Runners Up: Game of the Year: NGDC 2014

•Honorable Mention: UX Challenge – Imagine Cup 2014

•Nominated for Best Game: Imagine Cup 2014

•Nominated for Indie Prize Award: Casual Connect 2014

•Nominated for Espacioenter Game Awards 2014

Avion Flight Simulator

Avion Flight Simulator

Avion Flight Simulator 2015

This game won the Indie Game of the Year at NGDC, 2015. It carried three lakh rupees of prize money. This is an award given to a game whose intellectual properties are owned by an Indian entity with less than 30 contributors and is self-funded. NDTV described the game as one of the “Top 5 Android Games from India You Must Play”.

I am working on a train cruising game and planning to release it next month.

Game Industry and Its Future

Prior to 2010, service companies dominated the Indian game development scene. They would mostly execute outsourced work. However, post-2010, I see a rise in independent game development. The increased mobile phone usage and the potential for mobile adoption in India are pushing Indian game development to new levels.

Want to Try Game Development

Try these online game development courses to check if you have the flair:

Coursera
Lynda.com
Udemy

Conclusion

I firmly believe that game development is a strong career path that can push you to utilize your creative juices. And that is the way I see the world going.

Good luck. :-)

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What Does it Cost to Pursue a Course in Game Development?

As a student, you spend your time, money, and many other resources to pursue your passion, that is, a course in gaming. So, it is well worth your time to investigate what economic opportunities, policy framework, and skill pool make the environment of gaming in India.

Gaming Industry in India – Revenue and Employability

According to the National Skill Development Commission, animators, game designers, modelers, script writers, programmers, and testers make the workforce in a game development company. And the projection of growth is:

WorkforceAnimation, VFX, and Gaming (NSDC)
201320,000
201730,000
202240,000

A FICCI-KPMG report of 2014 made the following projection for Gaming services by 170 companies for online, PC, console, and mobile platforms:

Year (Projected)Market Size for Gaming
(INR Crores)
2015
2800
20163200
20173600
20184100

Policy Initiatives

Some major policy initiatives that propel employment are:

1.The Government of India permits 100 Foreign Direct Investment in animation, gaming, and VFX sectors.

2.The Government of Telangana is setting up a GAME (Game, Animation, Media, and Entertainment) city in Raidurgam, Hyderabad. This is expected to push India to capture a share of 15% from the current share of 1% in the world market.

3.The Government of Kerala has invested in KINFRA Film and Video Park (KFVP) to promote gaming, video, and post-production of movies.

4.The Government of Karnataka unveiled a policy for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics (AVGC) policy in 2012. In addition, the government created a venture capital fund worth INR 500 million to make the state a favored destination in this sector.

5.The Government of Maharashtra unveiled the Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics (AVGC) policy, in March 2015.

Against this backdrop, Backstage Pass offers the following courses and the costs are here as of 2015:

Course NameFee per year*
(INR)
Fee with Scholarship for Men
(INR)
Fee with Scholarship for Women
(INR)
Dura-
tion (Yrs.)
Living Costs per Year **
(INR)
Cost to Complete the Course for Men
(INR)
Cost to Complete the Course for Women
(INR)
Avg. Salary per Year in Internship
(Lakhs/ Yr.)
Avg. Salary per Year
(Lakhs/ Yr.)
B.Tech (Computer Science and Game Development)1,25,0001,06,25087,50041,00,0008,25,0007,50,0001.8 – 2.5 4. 2 to 5.4
BFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts (Game Art and Design)1,00,00085,00070,00041,00,0007,40,0001.5 – 2.5 3.5 to 5.4
Diploma in Game Development1,30,0001,10,00091,10011,00,0002,10,0001,91,000None3.2 to 5.4
Diploma in Game Art and Design1,30,000--11,00,0002,30,0002,30,000None3.2 to 5.4
P.G Diploma in Game Development1,30,000--11,00,0002,30,0002,30,000None3.2 to 5.4
P.G Diploma in Game Art and Design1,30,000--11,00,0002,30,0002,30,000None3.2 to 5.4
Certificate Program in Game Development85,000--11,00,0001,85,0001,85,000None3.2 to 5.4

* The fee is for Indian citizens. If you are a foreign national, please contact us at info@backstagepass.co.in or call us at +91-8008002794 for information.

** For foreign national the living expenses may be more as you may spend money on calling and travelling home.

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I am an Artist. Can I Join the Game Industry?

Yes. You can. You make a key member on a game development team because you breathe life into a game by creating what a gamer “sees” in a game.

As a game artist, you need a good understanding of art, art history, color, light, form, and space and use this understanding to create characters, theme, lighting, color, and motion.

A special mention should be made of art history here. Art history makes you aware of how art is perceived, created, and received by people of different cultures and times. A keen sense of art history can make you belong to a class of your own because you will understand how to conform and break free of perceptions to create drama.

Characters

A game plays out through the game’s characters. As an artist, you give form, color, and motion to a character and bring alive the feelings and emotions.

An artist typically sketches the characters on a paper or whiteboard, or even a tablet and then model the character on the computer using a modeling software tool, followed by giving an appropriate skin and skin color.

When you do this job, your team calls you a character artist.

Animation

After creating characters, you add motion. Motion displays emotion and intention of the characters. Can you recall the way Samba lowers his eyes in Lion King when accused of being the cause of his father’s death?

Motion is not limited to characters. Even the non-character elements of your game need animation. For example, the flowers sway in the wind. This is called scenic animation and brings the game environment to life.

After creating the motion, you have to record and integrate motion with the game. This is motion capture.

When you do all this and more, your team calls you an animator.

Theme

You will create a game’s theme. It includes the sports fields, forts, and fantasy worlds that form a game’s world. In essence, it is the make-believe world including the space and objects of the world.

And you are the environment artist.

How Important Are You?

Are you still wondering how important is an artist on a game development team? Well, the art department spends about 25% of a game’s budget. And game houses release artwork to generate  excitement  well before releasing a game. Need we say more?

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3 Skills to Blaze a Trail in Game Development

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a star member on a game development team?

Communication Paves the Way

Wondering why you should be good at communication skills when all you want to do is build the next big game?

Whether you are part of a big game production house or a small indie game team, you will have team members from various geographies, cultures and perhaps non-native speakers of English. Now, how do you express your thoughts clearly to such an eclectic mix?

In your day to day life, you need to present your thoughts, ideas and feelings, prototype when needed using effective imagery, and document what you are doing. If necessary, you may even have to convince and inspire your team to explore your suggestion. You may have to write the game design documents, in-game screen text, messages, help, and whatever else is needed. This means you will rock if you communicate well to convey the energy and enthusiasm you carry.

Curiosity Wins Hearts

If you were living in a community, you would ideally want to know who your neighbors are. Don’t you?

Similarly, try to understand and appreciate all departments that participate in game development, art, programming, marketing and PR, writing, testing, and production. For example, if you want to become a game developer, understand how other areas contribute to and influence game development and vice versa. Ask your colleagues and ask on forums. And everyone loves to talk about their expertise. It endears you to people. And the ability to see your core area of expertise through the eyes of other members on your team will help you plan and communicate better.

And Team Players are Cherished

In recent times, have you heard of a game that was developed by a lone developer?

Not a chance. Today, games are developed by businesses, both small and big, that have a team made of developers, writers,  artists, designers, musicians, testers, marketers, and so on. What’s more, some of them may not be on the business’ roles. To work with such a diverse set of people, to give and accept their feedback, you should be a team player with a “give and take” attitude. As a team player, your team’s goals are top priority for you, execution of ideas is subject to the approval by the team members, and your decisions are made based on what is good for the team and the business.

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3 Aptitudes for a Successful Career in Game Development

Even as you are completing 10+2, Intermediate, or diploma, you must be wondering “what next?”

This is the time of your life when you receive plenty of advice about the bachelor’s degree to choose and the streams that fetch you the best jobs, and so on. Obviously, you would like to choose Computer Science.

And at least some of you must be wondering if there is a stream that combines loads of fun with your favorite Computer Science and  is more rewarding or how your deft hand can draw for the whole world. The answer is a career in game development.

And what aptitudes one should have to be successful in game development?

You Look for Fun

You are someone who looks for fun in everything that you do. 

Do you  remember tossing in the bed thinking of the new game that your friend had mentioned. Do you remember running home to turn on your game console or making new rules to play an old game and better still, invent  games?

Your Love Challenges That are Fun

You are someone who can return to a task, if it has loads of fun, gives you a sense of achievement and is challenging at the same time.

Do you remember racing paper boats in streams of rain water gushing down the road and the number of times you made a new boat so that you could win?

You Are Self-Motivated

You are self-motivated in matters that are close to your heart. And you don’t mind sitting in a quiet corner to do what you like the most.

Do you remember the unfinished puzzle that gently troubled you, till you solved it? Do you remember the sketches you made when rains did not let you play in the open?

If you have some or all of these traits, you are made for a career in game development.

Good luck boys & girls. :-)

 

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Things You Should Evaluate When You Choose Mobile Game Development

Mobile gaming has been a major source of entertainment for many since it came in to being. Mobile gaming in the past was very simple and of low quality resolution. But with the invention of Smartphones and advancement in the technology, mobile gaming has highly evolved. Mobile gaming quality these days is no less when compared to PC games. The introduction of mobile platforms like Android and IOS has also played a huge role in the advancement of the mobile gaming industry.

The best part about Mobile Gaming though is that it can be played where ever and whenever you want to. When you’re waiting for a bus, or you’re travelling in a car or when you’re simply bored in a public place.

mobile gamingIt has also become very easy for game development companies to develop and distribute games, with the presence of advanced tools these days.

Evaluation of Mobile Game Development Challenges –  

“It’s not about what you do, but how well you do it.”

With so many game developing companies and so many new games in the market each day, you need to make sure that your game stands out. Which is well, not a very easy task. There are several creative, technical and marketing challenges in the mobile game development industry.

1) Marketing strategies must be made according to the genre of the game.
2) Marketing of the games is a huge challenge. A proper knowledge is essential.
3) The game idea must be fresh and not copied.
4) Your games must be optimized according to a wide variety of mobile devices.
5) You need to buy licenses and they can be pretty expensive.

What can you do to overcome the challenges? 

There are challenges, but there are also solutions to meet them.

1) Hire mobile game developers from reputed companies only.
2) Hire a good creative team.
3) Marketing also must be carried out by professionals.
4) See through that all the departments work together as a team and collaborate.
5) Research about the licenses online and take help from experienced individuals.

You can also take a certificate course in game development and increase your knowledge about Mobile Game Development!

Make Gaming your Career Pathway

With the rise of home console, computer and now mobile and tablets the Gaming Industry has bloomed. A large number of career paths are now available to people who are passionate about gaming. Game designers create great video games these days with the evolution of animation and visual effects. A lot of institutes are also providing professional courses to train passionate individuals as game designers.

Game Designer

Though primarily game designing was dominated by male gamers, but lately more and more female gamers have been entering into the field. The gaming industry is definitely something to think of, when you are choosing your career pathway.

What are the educational requirements?

If you want to make gaming as your career, the minimum requirement by colleges usually is a bachelor’s degree. Some colleges provide a bachelor degree too. Many institutes these days are also providing certificate courses for people who wish to pursue their passion in spite of their routine jobs.

A decent knowledge in gaming and computer skills is mandatory. Possessing artistic skills is an added plus point. Good verbal communication skills, a knowledge in coding, creative thinking, computer programming, problem solving and critical thinking are few other skills one must possess.

What else do you need?

Love and passion for video games:

Game institutes and companies want to teach/employ the kind of people who know the qualities of what makes a video game good or bad. People who have knowledge about what runs in the video gaming market, worldwide.

Learn everything you can about game design:

Look up the internet, learn and develop your designing skills. Do your research. Spend your time self learning. Learn about programming software’s such as C++ and Pascal. Upgrade the skills you already posses. Have nose for news. Read through the Internet about the constant upgrades, the News related to gaming.

Join a Good Gaming institute and Obtain a Course:

Colleges, schools and universities offer classes, certificate courses and degrees in Game Development, Game Art and Design and B.Tech (Game Development) and B.F.A. Acquiring accredited training in these areas will show a prospective employer you are serious about your chosen field.

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Breaking into the Gaming Industry

The advent of Gaming Industry led to the rise of the number of career options for gamers. We think game developing is the only career option in the blooming industry, but as the game industry is growing; a number of career options are now available for people who are passionate about gaming. Many jobs are opening in the industry. As the popularity of Video Games increases, so is the number of career options in the field. There are a wide variety of career pathways you can choose from, there’s almost something for everyone.

We bring you few of the top most career options the ever growing Gaming Industry has.

Composer

Composing music for video games is a very important job in the gaming industry. Many people may not know, but a lot of gaming companies are hiring number of passionate composers to make music for video games. Video games are much like movies these days. The gaming industry is definitely a great way to fly start your career in music.

Developer

Making video games is the most important thing in gaming, obviously. Take a certificate course or get a degree/diploma in game developing. You also do some research on the internet. OUYA, is the first Android-based gaming console, which is an excellent tool for you to make games. What’s the best part? It’s free! Steam Greenlight is yet another way to get your game out there. Game-developer is the most sought out career option for you, if you decide to enter the gaming industry.

Marketing

No matter what you do, marketing has become compulsory these days. So many new games come out every month, it’s crucial for the Gaming companies to market their games. Even if you make a super-amazing game, without promoting, it won’t make it to the top. Knowing marketing in general is enough for you to get hired in the marketing and P.R positions in the Video Gaming Industry.

Voice actor

Composing for video games is similar to composing for movies and television. Video game characters need a voice; you can take up the role of a voice actor.

Tester

To be a video game tester, is the most fun job in the gaming industry. However, you must have a lot of experience in playing all sought of games.  You must be able to very well play video games, have loads of patience and also must pay great attention to minor details.Your role is not to only play, you should also find flaws and get the developer’s attention towards it.

You only have to be passionate and interested; there are many options in the video gaming industry to choose from. Get started!