Blackburn mum wins job with Meta/Facebook owned games company

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A MUM-of-three has become the second student to secure an exclusive contract to make video games.

Karolina Rokita, 35, from Blackburn, has secured a six-month contract to develop games for Unit 2 Games, owned by tech giant Meta – Facebook’s parent company.

The third-year BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation student from Blackburn University Centre, will be developing games for the company’s platform Crayta.

Karolina was inspired by Scott Slater, a fellow student, who was signed by the company after playing the game for more than a year and making multiple successful games.

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Scott encouraged Karolina to enter Crayta Spark, a monthly competition, where she won a $2,500 (£1,900) prize and she was then able to apply for their Ignition programme to win the six-month contract.

Karolina said: “Both the games I’ve created have also been part of my university course as part of our industry context project too, so it’s been great that I’ve been able to do both at once.

“I came back to education for my children to show them you are never too old to learn.

“My children are aged 12, 10 and eight months and I actually returned to study when my youngest was just two months old. 

“It was a bit of a struggle, but I’ve got family to support me, and my tutors have been really understanding about the pressures of working, studying, and having a family to look after.”

Andrew Plaskett, Animation and Game Arts lecturer at Blackburn University Centre, added: “Karolina has always shown a real aptitude for game arts that has developed throughout her studies.

“It’s great to see how much her skills have grown and that her talent has been recognised.”


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