From 2007 to 2013, the MedienCampus e.V., an office financed by the Bavarian State Chancellery in cooperation with LOJIQ, offered three annual grants to Bavarian students in the gaming industry to travel to Quebec for 3 months and gather foreign work experience there.
In 2012, Mathias Neukam, a game design student of the Mediadesign Hochschule in Munich, attended a game design course at the École nationale en divertissement interactif in Quebec. Motivated by the experience he gained in Quebec, he then started up his own studio, based on his students’ team Klonk. Their game Mercury Shift was nominated for the German Gamers Award 2013.
In 2012, also his colleague Thomas Schneider completed an internship at the internationally renowned studio Sarbakan, which develops social mobile games and mobile entertainment content in the province’s capital. Being involved in a sector of this range was a very special experience for him:
“In Quebec it is more common to study game design because the sector is much larger than in Germany. Therefore, not only did I establish many important contacts, but I also gained an invaluable enrichment for my future as a game designer.”
A Bachelor of Science for Game Design at the Mediadesign Hochschule in Munich, he now works in his own studio, aesir interactive in Munich. In cooperation with a member of the Bavarian Parliament, the team developed, among others, a political browser game called Noah’s World (Noahs Welt) around the issue of the sustainability of political decisions.
With now over 35 employees, the company enjoys an excellent reputation, not only in the gaming industry, but also in other branches where they serve various customers, from BMW to the Deutsche Bahn, over Samsung and Siemens.