Braben: 95% of UK games uni courses are “waste of time”

By Patrick Garratt, Friday, 20 June 2008 15:49 GMT

Speaking to the BBC, Frontier boss David Braben has slammed British university games courses, saying the huge majority of them do not prepare students for the rigours of development.

“95% of video gaming degrees are simply not fit for purpose. Without some sort of common standard, like Skillset accreditation, these degrees are a waste of time for all concerned.”

He added: “We are facing a serious decline in the quality of graduates looking to enter the industry. The dearth of maths, physics and computer science graduates is hitting us hard.”

Braben is one of the members of industry campaign body “Games Up?”, a group pushing the UK’s Parliament to actually do something about anything related to games, other than putting different-coloured stickers on them.

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