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Westminster Computer Games Development team up with Amazon Games Tech, GameSparks

Computer and Network Engineering 27 April 2018

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In March 2018, Sean Durkan, Senior Support Engineer and Omar Albadry, Development Engineer, from GameSparks spent a day at our Cavendish campus giving final year games students insights into the current technology that is powering immersive gameplay.

Online-multiplayer games provide immersive social and challenging interactive experiences. With the advent of critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles such as Fortnite and Player Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG), it is more important than ever for game developers to have a solid understanding of networking principles. 

GameSparks, part of Amazon Games Tech, are the providers of complete backend server solutions that support the mammoth undertaking required to develop network capabilities for online-multiplayer games. Not only do they supply this service to top-flight games developers, but they are advocates of supporting grassroots indie and student developers as the future of the industry.

Omar Albadry from Games Spark presenting at University of Westminster
Omar Albadry from Games Spark presenting at University of Westminster

Sean Durkan and Omar Albadry’s visit to Westminster provided students with deep insights into current technology and the network structures required to develop such immersive and popular games. Omar summed up the importance of this unique skill set in the current market place saying: "Network programming has become one of the essential requirements for games to be profitable and offer experiences that continue to engage players over long periods of time, making it a highly desirable skill for upcoming game developers to have under their belt!” 

Sean concluded: "It is refreshing to see the University of Westminster going to such lengths to provide their students with this knowledge and going the extra mile to bring students in contact with the developers of leading tech in this area. It is going to be of huge benefit as they graduate into a market that is focused on developing online-multiplayer experiences."

Sean Durkan from Games Spark at the University of Westminster
Sean Durkan from Games Spark at the University of Westminster

Drew Cattanach, Lecturer on BSc Computer Games Development said: “It was a fantastic privilege for our students to spend this time exploring this fascinating subject with industry experts such as Sean and Omar. We look forward to inviting GameSparks back to Westminster next year”.

Learn more about studying Computer Games Development at Westminster. 

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