So what exactly is a Microsoft University Gaming Ambassador?


Fancy being a Microsoft University Gaming Ambassador?

With the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, this academic year promises to be our biggest yet for the opportunity of building amazing games in a variety of technologies and frameworks including C++, DirectX, Unity, MonoGame, Marmalade, C#, Construct2, GameMaker and HTML5!

Want to be part of the excitement?   We’re hiring NOW for our 1st phase of Windows Games Ambassadors.

There are up to 20 Ambassador places available.
Applications close
Friday 4th January at 5pm (GMT).

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Who are we looking for?

Students Developers who are undertaking gaming course, proactive and personable are perfect for the role. Being trustworthy is also a quality we look for in all Ambassadors as you’ll be relied upon to perform your duties in your own time. It’s essential that you’re interested in games development and have demonstrable skills in at least one of these technologies XNA, C++, C#, DirectX Unity and HTML5 don’t worry if you’re not the savviest of tech minds or a C++ ninja as we will provide you access to training resources.  Finally you must be an student studying a gaming related course at university in the UK.

What does it involve?

As one of the first to get to grips with the opportunity of games development for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. There will be opportunities to unleash your inner developer and people skills setting up your own partnerships between Microsoft Developers and local student bodies as well as running local development events and supporting gaming competitions and incentives.

Don’t worry if this sounds above you; the role will not require more than 12 hours of your time per month (we’re also considerate to the demands of your exams periods) and you’ll be given bespoke training and guidance throughout the year, you will also develop your own portfolio of at least 4 Windows Store games which will become a key part of your CV and portfolio.

What’s in it for you?

We’ll give the latest tech in the shape of a brand new Windows 8 device and a Windows Phone 8 and regular incentives.  However more importantly you’ll gain valuable experience working with the biggest technology brands in the world on their latest opportunity in gaming!

Interested? Yes? Then just add your details to the form below to apply and Good Luck!

So what does it involve?

As a team we are responsible for helping students, start-ups and indies design, create and publish great quality games for Windows 8, Windows Azure and Windows Phone.

The Ambassador role is to help us achieve this by:

·         creating great quality games

·         writing great content and blogs that we can use to showcase student talent

·         co-delivering content with Microsoft at events aimed at the gaming industry

So we are looking for students who:

·         are experienced software developers specifically in gaming

·         are passionate about developing games and for Microsoft

·         are able to prove this passion

   you have written an application

·         are at a UK university and over 18

·         have the support of a faculty member

·         are able to articulate technology to a crowd

We do want to encourage discussion and debate about technology and hence your experiences and opinions are extremely valuable. If you want to share your passion and develop industry-leading skills, we want to hear from you.

What will you get in return?

As part of your role as Ambassador you will receive the following

·         Amazing Microsoft Kit and access to developer tools

·         Online sessions and calls with the UK Windows 8 and Windows Phone Gaming Team

·         technical education sessions organised on-line

·         the ability to showcase your skills to a wider audience though Microsoft promoting your games and developer skills to the wider student, developer and indie community

·         increased visibility in your university (dependant on you driving this with your faculty contact)

How do we select Ambassador?

We’ll review applications in Jan. Subsequent selection will take place until the end of Feb 2013.


To consider applying for the Ambassador Program, you must be:

·         Over 18 years of age.

·         Studying a full-time gaming related course at an officially recognised university in the UK.

·         Have the support of a Faculty Member or a Professional within the technology industry.

·         Everyone needs to have published at least four games the  Microsoft or Store (Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 during the role)

·         If you have an app in the design stage you can become an Ambassador on probation for 3 months until your first game gets published

What are we looking for?

All Ambassadors should have the following basic qualities:

·         Passionate about gaming and gaming technology and what it can do

·         Someone who loves to learn

·         Be part of an active and vibrant network


·         Demonstrates a high degree of responsibility, honesty, and integrity

·         Good rapport with faculty and students studying other disciplines

·         Willing to share knowledge & eager to educate and inspire others

·         High level of social activity, both online & offline

·         Willingness to support and organise university events and involve the local community

What’s the fine print?

·         The time commitment is somewhat variable and depends on you and the activity but it might be somewhere between 1-3 hours/week.

·         Students must be enrolled fulltime in an accredited academic institution within the UK and studying a gaming related degree course.

·         In order for new people to be accepted onto the programme we expect prospective Ambassadors to provide some evidence that you have the desire, capacity and willingness to share your passion for gaming technology.

·         If we find it is not meeting your needs then Ambassadors are free to leave the programme at any time

·         Microsoft retains the right to exclude people from the programme at any time.

·         Your details will not be used for any other marketing purpose.

How to apply?

Applications for the 2013 Academic Year are now open. To apply for the Ambassadors programme, please refer to the competencies required and the responsibilities above.

·         Complete the application form at

·         You will need to provide contact details from an academic member of your department or the professional who you have worked with in the technology industry

Best of luck!