An ACU alumus’ dream to create his own video game company is approaching fruition, and he’s looking for students to get involved.
Ron Davis is the creative mastermind behind Reactuate Games, a video game developer started in January and based in Abilene. He is conducting the hiring process to find four workers to join his company and wishes to tap into student potential at his alma mater.
“I created Reactuate Games to fulfill a lifelong dream to make video games,” Davis said.
Davis looks to find four people to fill three job descriptions – two digital artists, one coder and a marketing producer.
“ACU students can benefit from (Reactuate Games) in two ways,” Davis said. “First, they can apply to work there and hopefully live out their dreams as well. Second, they can enjoy the products we create – our games.”
Dr. Brian Burton, assistant professor of digital entertainment technology, said Davis’ business in Abilene could be a good opportunity for his students. Digital entertainment technology students have worked with companies in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Hollywood, where major media corporations are prevalent.
“Ron’s effort is one of our first game development companies to really launch here in Abilene,” Burton said. “It’s nice to have someone who’s connected to ACU right here in our own backyard and be able to connect current students or students who have graduated with Ron’s efforts to build a persistent game environment.”
Burton said several students have already been interviewed by Davis who recently won the Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy’s annual Springboard Ideas Challenge. He hopes some of them will be selected to work with Davis on the development of a video game.
“This is a great opportunity for the students as far as experience goes,” Burton said. “It allows them to further develop their skillset in creating 3-D models, texturing those models, creating realistic virtual environments that people are going to be running around in.”
Burton said developing video games can be a very long process, often lasting two years or longer, but he’s looking forward to having students involved from the start through the completion of the project.
“This is an exciting project,” Burton said. “It’s going to take time before it’s available, but this is an exciting opportunity, and we’re excited to be able to work with him as much as we can in that development.”
Students can find more information regarding the application and interview process at http://www.reactuategames.com/.