Everi hosted The University of Texas at Austin’s Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program’s Spring 2016 Capstone Postmortem. On May 4th, five student-led teams from the GAMMA Capstone course presented the 3D games they created during the spring semester to local game industry professionals at Everi’s Austin office.
With a game development cycle of only twelve weeks, the GAMMA Program’s intensive Capstone course seeks to reflect the realities of the industry. The five teams—made up of students from the College of Fine Arts, Computer Science Department, and Radio-Television-Film Department—worked together to develop five completely original 3D games using their interdisciplinary knowledge and talents.
Attendees from Everi were definitely impressed. “The scope of the games that GAMMA students are able to create in a single semester is truly amazing,” said Mara Flores, Director of Recruiting at Everi. “Having hired many GAMMA alumni at Everi, I’ve been impressed with how they are immediately able to contribute to the success of our company thanks to the invaluable skills they’ve learned developing games in a condensed timeframe.”
“Everi has been a champion of the GAMMA Program since we first launched four years ago,” said Dr. Paul Toprac, Associate Director of the GAMMA Program. “Having GAMMA alumni sitting in the audience as Everi employees watching current GAMMA students present their Capstone games is truly what the GAMMA Program is all about: cultivating a pool of talented professionals that leads to a healthier and more robust Austin game industry.”
GAMMA Capstone students will build 2D games in Fall 2016 before returning to 3D game development in Spring 2017.
The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program at the University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate program between the College of Fine Arts, Computer Science Department, and Radio-Television-Film Department. The program produces graduates ready to design, develop, and provide leadership for the exploding growth in game, mobile app, and creative media agencies and studios in Texas and around the world. For more information on the GAMMA Program, please visit http://gamedev.utexas.edu or contact Paul Toprac.