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The GamingMalta Foundation Announces Partnership With Unity
The GamingMalta Foundation announces its partnership with Unity (NYSE:U) the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D (RT3D) content, to launch a Centre of Excellence as part of the government of Malta’s strategy spearheaded by the GamingMalta Foundation to accelerate growth in video gaming, digital media, and immersive technology sectors.
As part of the partnership, Unity training and certification programs will be offered to both educators and students who attend the Centre of Excellence. This program will allow those coming to the Centre of Excellence to become Unity Certified, which will help up to 400 students stand out from the crowd, demonstrating to employers that they have the technical skills and applied knowledge they need. It will also allow for learners to become Unity Certified Instructors within Malta College for Arts and Technology (MCAST) and the University of Malta.
Silvio Schembri – Minister for Economy and Industry, Malta said: ‘This partnership with Unity is part of our strategy following the launch of the basecamp incubator space, which we inaugurated last year, to tangibly ensure the growth of the video game development and immersive technology sectors, which tend to offer high-quality careers. We need to remain ahead of the loop since immersive technology such as AR and VR is developing and diversifying at breakneck speed, transforming all sectors of the economy, including gaming, entertainment, health, education, retail, manufacturing, and more. Working with one of the largest and most innovative real-time 3D platforms in the gaming industry will ensure that we are creating the right landscape of accelerating our home-grown talent and feeding the ecosystem with the required talent pipeline’.
Unity is providing a mixture of classroom, practical, and hands-on learning content, allowing students to come together and learn, innovate, create and present their ideas to tackle big challenges.
The goal of this Centre of Excellence is to ensure that Malta grows into a talent hub for these sectors and provides the talent pipeline equipped with the right skills needed to accelerate growth in these sectors.
“Unity is excited to partner with GamingMalta to help equip local talent with the learning materials they need to compete in the job market of today and tomorrow,” said Nicole Zingg, Global Head of Channel Partnerships, Unity. “Unity believes the world is a better place with more creators and we see this as an opportunity to directly empower the next generation of creators with the tools they need to succeed. It’s fantastic to be part of a project that is directly creating positive change and greater economic opportunities for learners in Malta.”
Ivan Filletti COO of the GamingMalta Foundation, said: “Growing sectors such as video game development and immersive technologies require a strong dose of talent development and this partnership with Unity will set the stage for increasing our talent pool. Unity is the leader in real-time 3D development so the use of its engine is an essential skill for the growth of the gaming and immersive technology industry. We are already attracting companies in these sectors and we need to continue intensifying our efforts in creating sustainable job opportunities in the local sector and, whilst developing professionals with the skills to embrace these opportunities.”
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Mr Alistair Dalli appointed as Chairperson of the Gaming Malta Foundation
Gaming Malta Foundation informs that the Ministry for the Economy and Industry has appointed Mr. Alistair Dalli as the new non-executive Chairperson of the Foundation. Mr. Alistair Dalli brings a wealth of experience to the role with a career spanning fourteen years in ICT. He has been involved in a significant number of large scale local and cross border technology projects, across a number of industries servicing blue chip customers globally with a strong emphasis on maintaining global strategic partnerships. Mr. Dalli held other senior roles in the industry and is a graduate in Management from the University of Malta. He also holds a MSc in Marketing from the University of Leicester.
Gaming Malta is an independent non-profit foundation set up by the Government of Malta and the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). It is tasked with the remit of globally promoting Malta as a centre of excellence in the digital and remote gaming sector, it is also responsible for liaising with the local relevant authorities to improve Malta’s attractiveness as a jurisdiction and enhance the ecosystem surrounding the gaming industry.
Minister for the Economy and Industry Silvio Schembri thanked outgoing chairperson Mr George Debrincat for his service to the sector, and welcomed the appointment of Mr. Alistair Dalli as the new Chairperson of the Gaming Malta Foundation. “The Gaming Malta Foundation is spearheading strategic efforts on three important digital gaming sectors – igaming, video game development and esports cementing Malta’s credentials as Home of Gaming Excellence. I am optimistic that Gaming Malta will continue to be pivotal in improving our jurisdiction’s competitiveness, attract more niches in the gaming sector and ensure that the ecosystem will not only continue to grow but thrive. I congratulate Mr. Dalli on his new role.”, said Mr Schembri.
The GamingMalta Foundation, supported by the Malta Gaming Authority, has embarked on a COVID-19 Vaccine initiative for the local gaming industry.
“Delighted to have been part of YouRun’s journey – since our first meeting at gamescom 2018 – to Malta and having them part of Malta’s video gaming ecosystem. Malta will be a launch pad for their title Warshmallows.
We wish YouRun all the best and we are excited to be working with other local and international studios who will surely follow suit in YouRun’s success.” – Ivan Filletti, COO at GamingMalta
ESL Pro League returns on March 8th with its 13th season and a 24 team global tournament. After two seasons of regional competitions, the world’s best teams will compete online from the safety of their homes and bootcamp locations across Europe for their chance at an ESL Pro League title and crucial points in the ESL Pro Tour.
SILICON VALLEY – January 13th, 2021. Global Top Round (GTR), an interactive acceleration devoted to supporting early-stage studios from around the world, has today announced the virtual location of its GTR 2020 Conference.
The conference, dedicated to investing and supporting 10+ studios and fostering a healthier ecosystem, is now coming to fruition, in collaboration with GamingMalta. Malta was a natural choice for GTR given its ever-growing reputation as an international hub for game development including the plans to develop an accelerator office space which will provide 700sqm studio/office space for startups in the video game and esports sectors.
“Embarking on this journey with IESF reflects Malta’s position as the home of gaming excellence” said Ivan Filletti, COO at GamingMalta. He also celebrated this milestone by stating: “One of our main goals is to ensure continued education of Esports and this membership further boosts our initiatives. We also welcome the opportunity to collaborate with fellow global Esports partners towards the growth and development of Esports.”
ESL, the world’s largest esports company and GamingMalta, an independent non-profit foundation set-up by the Government of Malta and by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), are proud to announce a deep strategic partnership to foster and develop the Maltese esports community. After successfully partnering for ESL Pro League Season 11 earlier this year, the partnership aims to strengthen the industry in Malta across all levels of the zero to hero pyramid of ESL. Malta will be the host location for all of ESL Pro League in 2021 as well as continued integrations for the upcoming Season 12, which will be played out online due to the ongoing health and travel situation around the globe.
As part of the partnership, GamingMalta has joined as the host partner of our Esports & Media Vertical within the HYPE Global Virtual Accelerators. The world of Esports has experienced a record-breaking rise in numbers over recent months and there is plenty of development required moving ahead within the industry, from both the infrastructure and performance aspects. GamingMalta, together with HYPE, will be at the forefront to encourage and develop innovation for the Esports and Gaming Industry.