From 4th till 14th August a group of participants from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova will train their skills under the guidance of well-known experts from the gaming industry.
Inspirational lectures, workshops, Quest creation, mentoring classes, visits to gaming studios – all these are components of the Academy’s program in which the participants will take part. For the first time, the project is fully international. Already at the recruitment level, the 25 participants, who were chosen from nearly a hundred applicants, had to present their own ideas for elements of a game scenario.
Mentors and experts are also an international group of creators – recognized, awarded and popular in the global gaming industry. To Krakow will come i.e.:
Vít Šisler – Assistant Professor of New Media Studies at Charles University, lecturer at many European and American universities, one of the creators of i.e. the “Attentat 1942” game (Czech game of the year 2017, “Most Amazing Game” at the 2018 A MAZE festival);
Alexis Kennedy – co-founder of the Weather Factory studio known among others in connection with the popular and award-winning “Cultist Simulator” game (including BAFTA nominations). Before that he founded Failbetter Games, where he created Fallen London and Sunless Sea – both critical and commercial successes that have continued to influence the indie end of the industry;
Chris Bateman – creator of over 50 games (such as “Discworld Noir”, “The Persistence” – VR, “Shadows: Awakening”, “Tropico 6”), winner of many prizes and keynote speaker at industry conferences on several continents. Founder of Develop Award Nominee International Hobo Ltd and winner of the IGDA’s MVP Award for his work founding and running the organisation’s highly-successful Game Writers Special Interest Group;
Maciej Śliwiński – Game Industry Specialist at the Krakow Technology Park, responsible for the Indie Showcase as part of the Digital Dragons conference, runs the Digital Dragons Academy project and co-authored the report “The Condition of the Polish Game Industry”.
Workshops during which the participants will create their own Quests will be led by experienced game developers, who worked i.e. on large and very popular games: Tomasz Marchewka, Błażej Augustynek, Karolina Kuzia-Rokosz, Jakub Rokosz and David František Wagner.
The inauguration of the Visegrad Computer Game Scriptwriting Academy will take place on 5th August 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Villa Decius.
The Inauguration Lecture “The Condition of the Gaming Industry in the Visegrad Region and the Eastern Partnership Countries” will be held by Maciej Śliwiński, Krakow Technology Park.
Write the Game V4 is an innovative, interdisciplinary and trendsetting project in the field of creative sector development in V4 and the EaP countries, with no equivalent in the region. It builds on untapped creative potential of V4 and EaP countries in the global gaming industry and promotes local entrepreneurship. The project is coordinated by the Villa Decius Association and implemented in close partnership with such institutions as Univerzita Karlova from the Czech Republic, Szépírók Társasága and Nemesys Games from Hungary, Asociația Companiilor de Creație din Moldova from Moldova, the Slovak Game Developers Association and Mladý pes from Slovakia.
Villa Decius Association
Asociația Companiilor de Creație din Moldova
Slovak Game Developers Association
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.
International Visegrad Fund
Financed from the sources of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Fund of Promotion of Culture.
The project is implemented with financial support of the Małopolska Region.