Hey everyone. This is a public service announcement.
There is a terrible school in Australia offering a game design course, promising to teach you the skills you need to succeed in the industry. It’s lying.
It’s called EVOCCA, and sometimes the course is also advertised under the name Career-Kickstarter. (Good job on that, publicists. Shame they don’t pour half the money into advertising as they do making an actually good course.)
As a game developer in Australia, who talks to a lot of other game developers in Australia, we all agree this course is bogus. EVOCCA WILL NOT TEACH YOU THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO BECOME A GAME DEV. It spends 6 months on particle effects. 6 MONTHS. I know teachers who work there, and even they all agree it’s terrible.
The course is one of these ‘spam ads, give free laptop, teach nothing’ scam colleges that has popped up a lot over here. It’s under a lawsuit by former students, who are angry they were promised a good education and received none:
They censor any comment that isn’t ever remotely positive, which means any chance we have to warn people it’s quickly deleted. We have also been banned from commenting on their ads anymore, (quite infuriatingly, they still pop up on my newsfeed.)
We all in the industry just want Evocca to die and take it’s seedy practices with it. Extra Credits has a great video about what to look out for in game design courses, and I recommend you have a look if you’re looking for a course: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmdGZk…
If you’re want more information, please contact your local IGDA (International Game Developers Association), and please spread the word about this course to anyone who might be considering it.