Game Engine Labs

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First Steps Into Game Engines:

'First Steps Into Game Engines' is a 1-day lab that aims to demystify the use of real-time game engines and will help you choose the right one for your project through the opportunity of getting hands on with either Unity or Unreal Game Engines.

This is an open-call for up to 10 participants per lab, and all applications will be considered that meet our eligibility criteria.


Real-time game engines are set to become the 21st century’s most significant creation and distribution platform, impacting all sectors of the entertainment industries.

Although originally created to ease the development of computer games, real-time game engines have grown to include many uses such as TV and Film production, data visualisation, sound installations as well as virtual, augmented and mixed reality. This flexibility means that real-time game engines are the end point of most immersive workflows. For those just getting started the use of game engines can seem daunting and overwhelming.

First Steps Into Game Engines is supported by EM3 LEP’s ‘Creative Tech Booster’ project with StoryFutures. EM3 LEP supports people and businesses across the West Surrey and Hampshire regions. StoryFutures Academy’s First Steps into Game Engines course is free to access for companies across the country, with 3 places reserved for companies from the EM3 LEP region - simply provide your postcode and mark the appropriate box on your application form to confirm you are part of the EM3 LEP region (see application form).

These labs will be held in our immersive lab situated in the historical and beautiful grounds of Royal Holloway University of London in Egham, Surrey.

Upcoming Labs:

Thursday 11th November 2021 - UNREAL ENGINE 4 lab - Now Closed.

Friday 12th November 2021 - UNITY ENGINE lab - Now Closed.

Key Dates

30th September 2021 - Call Opens

25th October 2021, midnight - Call Closes

29th October 2021, approx. - Applicants are notified on their workshop status

11th November 2021 - UNREAL Workshop, Royal Holloway University of London

12th November 2021 - UNITY Workshop, Royal Holloway University of London


To apply you'll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Age: Participants must be 18+
  • UK Status: Applicants must be UK nationals or permanent UK residents
  • Diversity: StoryFutures Academy operates with a pledge to ensure 50% of participants are women and 15-20% are from BAME backgrounds.
  • Track Record: Participants must have a substantial body of work and/or a considerable number of screen (or production, performance or equivalent) credits.
  • Reporting: All participants must agree to funder reporting requirements, including provision of relevant business and employment information