Next week the top alumni from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) will be packing their bags and getting ready to fly to Tuscany, Italy, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“It’s a very exciting event and it will be great to catch up with classmates and make some new contacts” said Ben Davis, Lead Character Artist at Splash Damage, London.
The event is more than an opportunity for alumni to reconnect, network and celebrate their accomplishments. It’s an opportunity for these industry veterans to help AIE envisage how to support the games and film industries for the next 20 years. AIE alumni can be found in studios around the world including Weta Digital, Bioware and Rockstar.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone’s been doing” said Kevin Blom, who has worked in visual effects around the world for companies including Dreamworks Animation.
"I've been developing some pretty interesting ideas, and I hope to use this event to get them off the ground. It would be great to see what AIE has planned and be part of it” Kevin said.
The event aims to cement stronger relationships between alumni and encourage ongoing involvement in the education curriculum from alumni who now hold influential roles in the games and VFX industries.
“This is both a celebration of the alumni that have blazed the trails into the industry and also a rare opportunity to re-connect and gain their valuable insights” said John De Margheriti, AIE CEO
The Alumni event will run over three days and has been made possible due to generous support by Wargaming, the award-winning videogame developer behind World of Tanks.
“Wargaming and BigWorld have a long association with AIE” said Stephen Wang, CEO of BigWorld, “We’re proud to be able to make this event possible.”
A video of John De Margheriti, AIE CEO, talking about the event is available at: http://www.topaiealumni.com
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The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is Australia's most awarded 3D animation, game design and visual FX educator. Created as a non-profit organisation to grow the creative digital sector, AIE pioneered the development of specialist game qualifications and continues to innovate through industry partnerships and dynamic teaching. AIE courses are practical, career-focused and delivered by industry experienced teachers in a seriously fun and creatively-demanding studio environment. AIE Campuses are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Seattle and Lafayette.
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs around 1600 professionals across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia.
Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 65 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs, and the naval World of Warships, scheduled for release in 2014.
In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicenter of a battle centric gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal — www.wargaming.net.