Video gaming is one of the world’s quickest developing worldwide businesses and in this way a blasting profession alternative. As a $21 billion industry, it is soon anticipated that would gain more cash than Hollywood. As indicated by an industry report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) the South African computer games industry will develop from R1.6 billion in 2010 to R3.6 billion by 2019, having as of now achieved R2.6 billion in 2014.
Vega School, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), has launched an IIE gaming degree. The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Game Design and Development degree is thought to be the leading qualification in SA’s local video-gaming industry. It combines both game design and development, which incorporates the programming behind the game.
The course was announced last year and gained a lot of interest. However the level of interest this year caught Vega School by surprise. At this year’s rAge expo, the school’s stand jointly hosted with a fellow school, the Design School of Southern Africa (DSSA), was one of the most popular at the event. rAge is the leading annual video gaming, computer technology and geek culture exhibitions in South Africa.
One of the all the more exciting attributes of a gaming profession is that it is universal. While a couple of African gaming software engineers have made the jump to the global market, it is only a matter of time before more join in. Some local South African gaming companies have made that jump by connecting up with global game designers.
Vega degree now offers another course into this industry. It outfits understudies with the vital abilities to seek after a profession in making gaming content for everything from home consoles and PCs to rising stages like cell phones and other hand-held gadgets. The degree is all the while organized to give graduates adequate general IT overview to become conventional software developers. It was developed in collaboration with the sector, a basic prerequisite in this dynamic industry to empower graduates to be quickly employable as developers for gamification applications, business applications, and portable applications.
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