Game on for students

Rachel Wilkinson, college lecturer John Stopforth and Dave Whitaker.
Rachel Wilkinson, college lecturer John Stopforth and Dave Whitaker.

TWO college students were offered work placements at the studios of a major game producer.

Rachel Wilkinson, 18, and Dave Whitaker, 18, of Doncaster College, had to submit their CVs to Sumo Digital to be viewed.

They were then shortlisted for interview over Skype and the two were successful and invited to work at the Sheffield studios for three weeks.

Among the tasks they were involved in was quality and assurance which involved testing the latest game from the company.

John Stopforth, college lecturer, said: “The company was very impressed with the two students and we got very good reports about them. They set a high bench mark and were very professional and they could even get their names on the credits of the new game.”

Since the summer, a third student Louie Hepworth from the same course, has been on a work placement at the company.

Mr Stopforth added: “This was a great opportunity for the college and the three students to be placed in a prestigious company such as Sumo digital.”

Sumo Digital is an independent game development studio and currently employs more than 170 development staff and is responsible for a host of famous games across a variety of platforms such as F1 2012 and the Doctor Who adventure games.