‘World is their oyster’, businessman says at talk to Lowestoft College students
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Lowestoft College students were told that 'the world is their oyster' during a visit from the founder of a successful computer games design and development company.
Steve Huckle, founder of Shark Infested Custard, spoke about how he got started, career options in the industry and what it takes to be a games design professional.
He also answered students' questions and spoke about the Eastern Enterprise Games Hub, which his company is involved with and runs programmes to enable people to set up their own games company or enter the industry.
Mr Huckle said:'I agreed to come along to the college because I want to help people make video games. I want to share my experience with them so that it isn't something that is kept secret.
'Sadly there are few opportunities in this area unless people are willing to do it for themselves. I want to encourage people to set up for themselves. They can make good money from it and they will be doing something that they love.'
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He added: 'The world is people's oyster. Anyone can make a game now. The Internet is at your finger tips and will answer all your questions for you.'
This is the first year that the college has run the video game design course.
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Course teacher Alice Taylor said: 'I wanted the students to see that there are opportunities in this area in this field because they didn't think there was anything in Lowestoft they could do. I am trying to tell them that we can grow our own companies here.
'I think there is a big demand in this industry and it is something young men and women are interested in. I am telling them it isn't magic. It is just hard work and something they can learn to do.'
Based in Colchester, Shark Infested Custard is one of the top 50 creative companies in the UK.
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