Mumbai August 2023: Whistling Wood International (WWI) is delighted to announce its dynamic partnership with Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai studios, a global leader in interactive gaming and entertainment. This innovative collaboration is poised to redefine gaming education, providing aspiring game developers with unparalleled insights and opportunities to excel in the industry.

According to Rahul Puri, Head-Academics, WWI, “Our collaboration with Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai studios signify a momentous stride in our quest to deliver state-of-the-art education. This partnership will enable our students to have invaluable access to industry-leading knowledge, mentorship, and avenues of opportunity. It will empower them to seamlessly bridge the divide between classroom learning and practical game development.”

“Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai studios are thrilled to collaborate with Whistling Wood International on this groundbreaking initiative,” said Kaushiki Srivastava, HR Director. “This partnership represents a commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering innovation in the gaming industry. We are excited to share our expertise and provide students with a first-hand understanding of the creative process behind building a successful career in the gaming industry.”

The partnership initiatives encompass various interactive elements, including:

• Dedicated Workshops and Masterclasses: Led by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai professionals, these sessions will provide insights into game development, covering industry trends and best practices.

• Mentorship and Portfolio Review: Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai experts will offer personalized guidance, helping students refine their creative work to meet industry standards.

• Campus Ambassador Programme: Outstanding WWI students will become Campus Ambassadors, building a community of like-minded individuals across campuses.

• Internships and Job Opportunities: Ubisoft India will share internships and job openings aligned with project requirements, offering students and alumni paths for career advancement.

Taking the collaboration forward, a captivating session was conducted by industry leaders, namely Francis Goeltner, Associate Art Director, and Kailash Parmar, Art Production Manager at Ubisoft Mumbai. The session emphasised on the pivotal role of concept art in game production, shedding light on the intricacies of crafting compelling character concepts. The workshop encompassed an engaging character design activity, followed by an interactive Q&A, providing the students with an immersive insight into the artistic journey.

“Collaborating with Whistling Wood International has been an enriching experience,” shared Kailash Parmar. “The enthusiasm and talent displayed by the students during the workshop were truly remarkable. We look forward to nurturing this potential and witnessing their future contributions to the gaming industry.”

This partnership between WWI and Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai has set a precedent for innovative collaborations between educational institutions and industry leaders. Together, they are poised to shape the future of game design education and drive creativity, collaboration, and excellence in the gaming industry.