Liverpool City Region has launched a new initiative to help the next generation break into the gaming sector.
Gamechangers is being led by Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram, alongside games studios including Avalanche Studios Group, D3T, Lucid Games, Ripstone and Scenegraph.
They have all signed a pledge to develop local talent and work with the scheme to develop new learning pathways, partnerships and funding opportunities.
“Our area is home to a burgeoning digital and creative sector that supports thousands of SMEs, jobs and training opportunities, and generates millions for our local economy too,” explained Rotheram.
“Fortunately, we have some of the best universities and colleges on our doorstep that can help us to attract and retain the graduates and trainees with the creativity and skills to shape the future of the sector.
“GameChangers is our pledge to support the next generation of video game creators, to nurture their imagination and fresh ideas, and ensure that together, we can take one of our fastest-growing industries to the next level.”
GameChangers is now asking for more studios, universities, charitable organisations and industry bodies in the Liverpool City Region to join it by pledging themselves to the partnership.
Further details will be outlined next week.
“Collaboration is the cornerstone of the GameChangers mission. Many studios and organisations are doing great work individually to support talent, but together we are more than the sum of our parts,” added Jamie Brayshaw, Chair of GameChangers and Head of Marketing at Ripstone.
“We firmly believe that pooling our collective resources and passion will increase awareness of games as a viable career, remove barriers to entry and usher in a new era of trailblazing game development in Liverpool City Region.”
The Gamechangers programme is being delivered by All About Futures/All About STEM on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Careers Hub.