First Program of Its Kind at Activision Blizzard to Train and Develop Talent for Engineering Roles
The 12-Week Program, “Level Up U” Prepares Professionals from Within and Outside the Games Industry for Full-Time Engineering Roles at Activision and Blizzard
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Through a combination of on-site and virtual training, Level Up U is a 12-week program that prepares and develops professionals for engineering positions at Activision and Blizzard. The first class is made up of 104 participants, including external candidates as well as current employees, interested in upleveling their engineering expertise or switching to engineering from other backgrounds. After a rigorous application process, they come to
Level Up U is Activision Blizzard’s first major program funded through the
“We looked at a broader set of skills, experiences, and capabilities that we believe matter most to an employee’s success at
The program is led by
Leckman, in partnership with internal learning teams, game engineers, and external partners, created a curriculum that provides participants with the technical skills required of the job, an understanding of game development fundamentals, and important skills for working as part of a team, including problem-solving, communications, adaptability, and inclusion. Participants will have the opportunity to integrate their skills and apply their coursework by working on a two-week, hands-on project using one of Activision Blizzard’s robust game engines to make a unique, playable game mode. Each week, the program will include discussions and insight from game developers across multiple
Every candidate joins Level Up U as a full-time employee. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will continue to be coached and mentored by employees as they integrate into roles at
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Information in this press release that involve Activision Blizzard’s expectations, plans, or intentions regarding the future, including statements about future plans for Level Up U and our ability to attract, retain, and motivate skilled personnel are forward looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. We caution that a number of important factors, many of which are beyond our control, could cause our actual future circumstances to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, including the factors regarding the success of Level Up U, and the factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to
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