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A Train2Game student who works as a night worker with a Hounslow
office supplies firm has been given an amazing chance to
become a major player in what Bill Gates once described as
the second digital decade of the century.
Mantas Versulis potential was spotted by teachers at a college
where he is taking a three year course in games development and put
forward for a place on Microsoft's new Accelerator programme.
It means the 28 year old who came to the UK from Lithuania five
years ago seeking his fortune could end up presenting a
hi-tech game plan to a group of leading city investment dragons
willing to spend thousands supporting new ideas.
Mantas is working on what he describes as a 'top secret' project
involving 'night monsters living inside a wardrobe'.
Mantas, who lives at 41 Summerhouse Avenue, Hounslow, said:
“Five years ago I completed a university course in
Lithuania as a designer but I knew that because my homeland was so
small and suffering in the world-wide credit crunch that I needed
to leave and seek my opportunities.
“I've always wanted to work in the games industry but I
needed to understand more about the technical side of it. That's
when I decided to take the games course but I needed a way to
support myself while I studied.
He took on a series of jobs before ending up working as a night
loader with the Office Depot company.
“I don't mind working nights because it is helping me
realise a dream and gives me the days to study,” he said.
He was put forward by hs college, train2game, Luton, as a
contender for the Microsoft scheme. Mike Head, spokesman for
the college said: “Mantas is an excellent student and shows a
lot of determination to succeed.
“Microsoft are offering an amazing opportunity to people
like him - mentoring by their top people and the use of
software most students wouldn't be able to afford no matter what
job they did. Three months of support and then the chance to
pitch their ideas to some of the top investors in the UK, the
value of this scheme is incalculable. We are so pleased that our
students are getting this opportunity.”
Microsoft described the Accelerator programme as an
intensive chance for start-up businesses' focused on anything
from games to new social media ideas to break into the big time.
The dragons include Barclays
The former chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates said in his final
speech to the Las Vegas Consumer Electrics Show in 2008 at the
second digital age was beginning and it was going to focus on
people and their creativity.
Mantas said: “I believe in what Bill Gates said and I
really think the digital age is becoming more about people and I
think this amazing opportunity I have been given proves
Last year Prime Minister David Cameron announced tax breaks for
the video games developers after it was revealed that t games
studios will produce games with £1.7 billion in sales and
contribute more than £400 million to the country's
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