Pearson sponsor TIGA Games Industry Awards 2020
Leading learning company Pearson is proud to be a sponsor of the 2020 TIGA Game Industry Awards. As one of Europe’s largest networks of independent video games developers and publishers, TIGA’s flagship event is one of the industry’s most exciting and prestigious occasions.
Pearson works closely with industry experts to provide qualifications and training to support people to access careers in this important and thriving industry. A number of Pearson’s BTECs support routes into employment in the sector, offering high-quality, career-focused qualifications grounded in the real world of work, giving learners the knowledge and skills employers and universities are looking for:
- BTECs in Creative Media offer qualifications in games design and development
- BTECs in IT and Computing offer qualifications in programming and development for games
- The new BTEC in Esports, launched earlier this year, delivers learning strategies in coaching, producing events and marketing for esports. Esports is projected to generate revenues of around £1 billion in 2020.
Pearson College’s visual effects academy, Escape Studios, also offers undergrad, postgrad and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics.
Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President for BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson, said:
“We are delighted to sponsor these awards and support those excelling in this fast moving and exciting industry. My congratulations to all the nominees, and the winners as they are announced this week.
"The world of gaming offers huge employment potential, both in the UK and across the world. The Esports and gaming marketing sector, for example, has grown significantly in recent times, with over 500m individuals actively engaged. With this growth has come opportunities to support the ecosystem of the industry across a range of roles, and Pearson's qualifications and courses provide a number of routes in. Many of the skills and roles are also transferable to other industries - supporting access and progression into other careers.”
With 31 categories, the Awards uniquely recognise excellence in games development, business and education, celebrating the achievements of both small and large games development studios. They combine the expertise of a judging panel of industry professionals with a public vote for the ‘Game of the Year’.
This year, due to health concerns regarding COVID-19, TIGA’s 2020 Games Awards will be held virtually, with the 31 winners being announced through a live streaming event in the week throughout the week of 23rd November.
Dr Richard Wilson OBE, TIGA CEO, said:
“The TIGA Games Industry Awards celebrate the achievements of small, medium and large games development studios and excellence in business, education and games development and publishing. I am delighted that Pearson are sponsoring this year’s TIGA Games Industry Awards. Pearson, the world’s learning company, provide a number of excellent qualifications relevant to our industry. This is so important because the UK video games industry competes on the quality of its workforce. Thank you Pearson for generously sponsoring this year’s Awards and for partnering with TIGA.”
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Pearson has overseen BTEC qualifications for over 30 years. Employers know that a BTEC qualification will mean candidates are work-ready, and have the knowledge and practical skills to make a contribution from day one in the workplace. BTEC’s hands-on, vocational qualifications continue to be respected as a valuable route straight into employment and are also accepted by all but one of Britain’s universities as a route into employment via higher education.