Core Game Creator Bootcamp

A three-week bootcamp to make Core games and learn professional game development skills

Summer 2021 applications now open

Create amazing multiplayer games

The Core Game Creator Bootcamp is a three-week online program that teaches everything you need to release a successful online multiplayer game. Bootcamp students learn through hands-on workshops, daily training sessions led by professional developers, and a talented community of like-minded creators.

We’re hosting four bootcamps in 2021. All of them are open for applications unless otherwise noted.

Rider at Gate
Workshops

Learn from industry veterans on subjects including game design fundamentals, environment art, and entrepreneurship.

Portal
Hands-on Training

You will get in-depth instruction in Core from its creators. Every day, you will learn a new skill and put it into practice.

Guardian
Community Growth

During the bootcamp you will have the opportunity to create games and share them with the Core community. We will help you establish relationships with fellow bootcampers, members of the creator community, and Manticore team members in order to become a successful member of the community.

Hub Entrance
Final Project

The bootcamp culminates by forming small teams to create a multiplayer game. You will receive guidance, support, and any resources you need to succeed.

This is a game changer. It gives you a real taste of what it’s like to build a game from scratch with a team and learn in depth industry level techniques while you’re at it.

Luminarou, CGDB Alumni

How to Apply

The Core Game Creator Bootcamp is completely free, but there are limited seats. To apply for the program, submit your application below for the dates that best suit you.

Applicant Criteria

You are encouraged to apply if you are somebody who loves games and is interested in making successful games in Core with monetizable potential. You would be a good fit if you are passionate, eager to learn, and driven. Interest in or experience in livestreaming is a plus.

You must have published at least one game on Core. This can be based on a Core framework where you’ve made your own customizations, such as by adding Community Content. If you haven’t published on Core yet, we recommend completing Intro to Game Design and Intro to Lua before applying.

We will have three Bootcamps with hours friendly to US time zones. We’re also adding a fourth Bootcamp with times better fitting European (EU) creators. You may apply to any Bootcamp regardless of your region, provided you can commit to the listed times.

Requirements

  • Be at least 13 years of age at the start of the program. (Note: the curriculum is geared toward high school graduates and above, but younger applicants are welcome to apply.)
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral.
  • You must have published at least one game on Core.
  • For US dates: You must be able to commit 2 hours from 9 AM to 11 AM Pacific, Monday through Friday. 
  • For EU dates: You must be able to commit 2 hours from 9 AM to 11 AM CEST, Monday through Friday. 

Benefits

Those accepted into Core Game Creator Bootcamp will receive a stipend to level up their computer and live streaming equipment. Payment of stipend requires a Tipalti account.

Applications

Please only apply to one session. If a session runs out of space, we will automatically include your application in a future session if we think there might be a fit.

Application Deadlines and Dates

US Bootcamp 1

  • Application deadline: Jun 30, 11:59pm
  • Bootcamp Dates: Jul 12-30

US Bootcamp 2

  • Application deadline: Jul 19, 11:59pm
  • Bootcamp Dates: Aug 2-Aug 20

EU Bootcamp

  • Application deadline: Jul 19, 11:59pm
  • Bootcamp Dates: Aug 2-Aug 20  

US Bootcamp 3

  • Application Deadline: Aug 9, 11:59pm
  • Bootcamp Dates: Aug 23-Sep 10

Note: anyone can apply to any Bootcamp even if they are not located in that region.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Core Game Creator Bootcamp?

Manticore Games is running a free intensive three-week online bootcamp to teach new game creators development in a professional setting. The program is completely online, and you can participate from your home.

When is Core Bootcamp?

Applications are open unless otherwise noted in the Application Dates.

  • US Bootcamp 1: Jul 12-30 
  • US Bootcamp 2: Aug 2-Aug 20 
  • EU Bootcamp: Aug 2-Aug 20  
  • US Bootcamp 3: Aug 23-Sep 10

Who is running this bootcamp?

Manticore Games is empowering a new generation of game creators. We are the developers and operators of Core, a multiverse where games and worlds are brought to life by creators just like you. Members of our team launched Spore, The Sims, Dead Space, and dozens of other titles.

Who can apply?

You must be 13 years or older. (Note: the curriculum is geared toward high school graduates and above, but younger applicants are welcome to apply.) The bootcamp is open to participants anywhere in the world, but you must be able to commit to being online 9:00am-11:00am Pacific for US dates or CEST for EU dates. Bootcamp runs Monday through Friday.

What is the time commitment?

Participants commit to 10 hours per week, which will be spent in workshops, 1:1s, and hands-on training. There is also nightly homework where you apply what you learned that day.

Does this cost anything?

Nope! Participating in the bootcamp is free – but space in the program is very limited, and you must be willing to commit to the specified hours.

Do I need to be from the United States or Europe to apply?

Nope! Anyone can apply to any Bootcamp. The main requirement is that you can make the listed times.

Do I need to have experience in game development?

You must have published at least one game on Core. This can be based on a Core framework where you’ve made your own customizations, such as by adding Community Content. If you haven’t published on Core yet, we recommend completing Intro to Game Design and Intro to Lua before applying.

Sounds exciting! How do I apply?

Apply online at the Core Games Creator Bootcamp application page.

About Core

Core is an endless universe of games and worlds designed by a global community of creators. It’s completely free to create and play games in the Multiverse.

You can get started now in Core. Follow step-by-step tutorials in Core Academy to start working on your first game. In less than an hour, you’ll be able to publish your multiplayer game and play it with your friends around the world.

We also strongly suggest applicants familiarize themselves with the game creation tools, as it will be used in the application process.

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