In a touching display, Relic Entertainment have announced the introduction of the Brian Wood Memorial Game Design Internship. Brian Wood was Senior Designer on Relic‘s Company of Heroes franchise, before he was tragically killed in a car accident in September.
The internship has been designed to commemorate Brian’s contributions to the video games industry, and to honour his passions in life. Over each calendar year, Relic will award three graduating Game Design students from Vancouver Film School a four-month internship. The graduates must exhibit a similar passion and excellence in game design, of course!
Relic Entertainment General Manager Jonathan Dowdeswell explains:
“Relic Entertainment has worked with VFS for a number of years and in the past has had employees who taught classes as part of the Game Design curriculum. Continuing this partnership in a meaningful and long lasting effort by introducing the Brian Wood Memorial Game Design Internship was a natural fit for all concerned.”
The inaugural internship will be awarded next month, in February 2011, and the graduate will be given the opportunity to work directly with a team at Relic. The developer recently released the beta for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution.
Dave Warfield, Head of Game Design at VFS continues:
“We are honoured and humbled to be a part of carrying on Brian’s legacy with this memorial. Not only does it represent the values of game design and supporting new designers that were such a big part of his passion, but it allows us to share that with the community that was so affected by his tragic death.”
Brian Wood is survived by his wife Erin and their now-two-month old daughter Sierra Grace, who never met her dad.