Launched at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Last weekend, HP announced a collaboration with AMD to launch the HP Gaming Garage at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai (RIT-Dubai). The HP Gaming Garage will help promote and encourage university and school students to gain the skills needed to enter the gaming and esports industry.
The initiative also comes as part of HP’s commitment to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. The HP Gaming Garage is a purpose-built, hi-tech gaming lab that uses the latest gaming PC hardware from HP. From here, students will be able to access a curated programme to build soft skills and expertise that is specific to the gaming industry.
The program also helps students connect directly with game developments and esports experts in the industry through various workshops and even internship placements. The idea here is to help equip the student with the right skill set to help kickstart their careers.
“Gaming in the MENA region is estimated to be worth $4.5bn, and there are more than 100 million Middle Eastern gamers. To support this vibrant and growing industry, we have launched the HP Gaming Garage, in collaboration with our partners. This unique programme will bring our knowledge and excitement to students, take their passion for gaming to the next level, and help them to develop the skills needed to excel in the game development industry,” Vishnu Taimni, Vice President and Managing Director of Middle East, Turkey, and East Africa at HP Inc.
“AMD is where Gaming begins, AMD love Gamers, and we are proud to partner with HP on the Gaming Garage project to redefine the future workforce by enabling them with the skills required to begin a journey in the gaming industry. At AMD we create products that meet the demands of tomorrow and inspire innovation; I hope the Gaming Garage can inspire and help the next generation create rewarding careers in the gaming industry,” added James Blackman, Director at AMD for the Europe Middle East and Africa region.
Aside from primary partner AMD, which provides the hardware needed for the HP Gaming Garage, Ubisoft is also a key partner for the initiative. The gaming studio, known for hit games like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs, will be able to learn more about gaming development.
The HP Gaming Garage will also consist of six tracks that will help students build a game skills passport. This includes weekly gaming skills workshops, weekly soft skills workshops, Q&As from industry developers, internship and mentorship opportunities, and more. There will also be quarterly hackathons that will be conducted all throughout the year.