How to Start a Game Company Incubator in a School
This panel will present an incubator program that helped high school students start game companies and prepare for careers in the game industry. During the summer of 2012, twenty Pflugerville ISD high school students worked in teams to create prototypes and concepts for their client. The students received mentorship from guest speakers and an on-site game industry expert.
A study was conducted to evaluate gains in skill, interest, and confidence over the 4 weeks. Quantitative data provided evidence that the program accomplished the intended goal of helping students build career pathways. The three surveys were administered at the beginning of Weeks 2, 3, and 4. Results showed substantial growth in two key areas: (1) Experience using GameSalad and (2) Confidence in going into the game industry. Qualitative results supported the efficacy of the program. One student wrote, “It has really opened my eyes about the reality of the in depth concept of the game making industry.”