The Princeton Review has just published a list outlining the top 25 graduate schools worldwide to study game design for 2017. The University of Malta’s Institute of Digital Games has ranked #23 in this prestigious review, highlighting Malta as one of the best places to study and work in the burgeoning Digital Gaming Industry.
University of Malta’s Institute of Digital Games
The Institute of Digital Games was founded in 2013 and is headed by Gordon Calleja. The institute offers M.Sc and Ph.D courses in game design-related fields with academics spanning computer science, literature, game design, philosophy, media studies, and social sciences.
In the short span of 4 years, the Institute has excelled academically and has published over 130 academic publications, including conference papers, journals articles, books, and book chapters. Moreover, it has also succeeded in attracting several creative individuals who are passionate about games and everything that games can teach us about ourselves.
The Princeton Review
The review based its report on several factors, including academic offerings, the faculty’s credentials and the graduates’ employment experience, the school's academics, facilities, career services, and technology to make its selections.
The Princeton Review's full report on this project also features a companion list of "Top 50 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017." It includes profiles of the schools with application information and links to the school sites.
Malta’s Digital Games Industry
In recent years, the digital gaming industry has experienced a substantive boom and is now becoming one of the fastest-growing industries and highly fruitful sectors globally, contending with the film and music industry. Digital gaming is also the most grossing intellectual property sector. Moreover, the introduction of mobile gaming paired with social gaming has exalted the concept of digital gaming to a new dimension due to easy access and mobility. In addition, social networking sites have become an increasingly popular platform which has considerably increased the lure of digital gaming to the general public of different ages and social positions.
Malta Digital Games Association - Chetcuti Cauchi's contribution to the sphere of digital gaming
The Malta Digital Games Association was launched in 2014 as a long time project of Malta Law Firm Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates and a number of digital games players whom the firm advises in Malta. Chetcuti Cauchi has been involved in the digital games industry since its inception in Malta and has been at the forefront of initiatives which facilitate and promote the expansion of the industry. Sitting on the MDGA's board are the other seven founding members of the association: 4A Games, Bigpoint, Codemasters, Dorado Games, Exient, Karma Holdings and Play Magic. The aim of the Malta Digital Games Association is to build upon the already successful digital gaming industry and help it expand further.