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Orlando is known around the world as a city where people come to escape their busy lives, play games, experience virtual reality and be a child again. But unknown to many is the fact that Orlando’s playground extends beyond its theme parks and outdoor recreation options into the digital world. Fueled by the creative minds behind world-class entertainment technology, Orlando is on the verge of explosive growth in its game technology sector.
Top 20 Surge City
Inc. Magazine, 2020
UCF Game Design Program Ranked No. 1 in the World
Princeton Review, 2020-2022
68-Acre Creative Village Supports a High-Tech Cluster in Downtown Orlando
It’s a Smart world
Finding the best tech talent in any industry is difficult; however, the variety of programs specific to game development in Orlando directly feed the industry with indispensable talent. Orlando houses nationally ranked schools including UCF’s FIEA and Full Sail University, which are consistently ranked every year in the Princeton Review’s Top Game Design Schools.
2 Top Ranked Game Design Programs
Princeton Review, 2019
2,823 Software Engineers Graduated in Orlando
No. 3 Fastest Growing Millenial Population
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Orlando is anchored by a university built to help the United States win the space race, now known as the University of Central Florida (UCF). With a history in space exploration, Orlando universities have a long track record of graduating the best and brightest, high tech workforce.
The Digital Animation & Visual Effects (DAVE) School
Located on the backlot of Universal Orlando, the DAVE school produces skilled graduates in the fields of digital entertainment and interactive media.
Full Sail University
Full Sail’s focuses on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving, with degrees ranging from entertainment business to simulation.
Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA)
Ranked #1 by Princeton Review, FIEA is UCF’s Master of Science in Interactive Entertainment program.
Orange Technical College
Utilizes 3D animation and game engine technology to create realistic simulations used in the modeling, simulation and training industries.
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Orlando is a cost-effective location, whether you plan to build, buy or lease.
An Ecosystem of Support
Orlando’s tech community is enthusiastic about partnership and collaboration.
Orlando Game Space
The Orlando Game Space is a one stop shop for development and creative projects. Orlando Game Space is community of digital media professionals that provides support, guidance and connections for growing companies at every level.
Indienomicon & Indie Galactic Space Jam
Indienomicon is a community that provides a streamlined platform to promote the game development industry with profiles of independent game studios Indienomicon hosts Indie Galactic Space Jam, a space themed game event in partnership with NASA and Space Florida each year.
The Fortress eSports Arena
The Fortress is home to esports on Full Sail University’s campus. Built to recognize and support Armada – Full Sail’s collegiate-level esports team – The Fortress is a flexible live production space, designed to host everything from friendly campus game events to full competitive collegiate tournaments.
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Get in touch with Casey Barnes, VP of Economic Development, for additional information including customized talent data and tailored space recommendations.
Call him today: 407.902.2440
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