A Wirral Met student recently took part in work experience a Liverpool-based video games developer, Skyhook Games.
Lux, a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Esports student, spent a week with the company, gaining valuable experience and insight into the industry.
Skyhook Games are a creative production house based in Liverpool, who deliver game art and outsource to companies worldwide, creating detailed assets, as well as their own IP, Lawn Mowing Simulator.
Lux said “I’ve had an extremely fun time working at Skyhook Games for the week! I could let myself be as creative as possible, and let all my weirdest ideas come to fruition with just a pen and a piece of paper! No one coming over with an (immediate) no or telling me to change it.
I’ve just let my brain run and been myself throughout the creative process. I’ve put down the most creative ideas I’ve had in a while! I’ve always enjoyed drawing and being creative, so being able to put those down as official work is very gratifying, my ideas are appreciated for what they are and seen as useful.”
The work experience also offered Lux a valuable opportunity to expand her knowledge on design, and the many avenues of design in video game development including characters, levels and assets.
Alongside developing her skills, the experience also provided Lux with valuable insight into the exciting video game industry.
Lux said “I’ve learned a lot in a very short amount of time. I’ve learned about the inner workings of what makes a games studio function, and what every person puts into it to make it work. The different roles and responsibilities in Skyhook looked very similar on the surface, but when you get into it, they’re all quite different. All of these jobs involve intricate details and tasks that can take ages to perfect. I really respect the work that people put in to make games what they are. From the developers to the artists, it’s all very impressive and I really liked learning about the different roles.
Being at Skyhook Games for my work experience helped me gain the insight I needed to learn how to break into the video game industry. I also gained experience, skills, and knowledge from my visit that I can put into my future work. Everyone here is really skilled and creative which made me more confident in my own ideas.”
If you’re interested in the video game industry, then our Esports courses can be found at Computing & IT Courses | Wirral Met College (wmc.ac.uk)