Core Game Dev Bootcamp

Learn professional game development skills in a four-week online bootcamp

August 31 – September 25, 2020

Add multiplayer games to your resume

This fall, Manticore Games is hosting a our second Game Dev Bootcamp: a one-month online international course for aspiring professional developers. The program simulates real-life development in the industry and also includes daily workshops and direct training from Manticore Games developers.

Get private seminars from industry veterans on subjects including game design fundamentals, environment art, and entrepreneurship.

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.

Create a Portfolio

During the bootcamp you will have the opportunity to create games and worlds. We will help you turn them into your own portfolio.

Final Project

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

Application Process

Deadline: Sunday, August 16 at 11:59 PM PDT

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 Dev Bootcamp is completely free, but there are limited seats. To apply for the program, submit your application below by Sunday, August 16 at 11:59 PDT.

Applicant Criteria
You are encouraged to apply if you are somebody who loves games and is interested in game making as a career. You would be a good fit if you are passionate, eager to learn, and driven. No experience or technical background necessary — in the bootcamp itself, you will get that hands-on training and pick up those professional skills! Interest in or experience in livestreaming is a big plus.


  • 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 are welcome to apply.)
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral.
  • You must be able to commit 2 hours from 9 AM to 11 AM Pacific, Monday through Friday starting on August 31, 2020 until September 25, 2020.
  • Have access to a Windows PC that meets Core’s minimum requirements.

Those accepted into Core Game Dev Bootcamp will receive a stipend to level up their computer and livestreaming equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Core Game Dev Bootcamp?

Manticore Games is running a free intensive one-month 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 today, July 22, and run until August 16, 11:59 PM PDT.

The bootcamp begins on August 31 and runs through September 25, 2020.

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 are welcome to apply.) The bootcamp is open to participants anywhere in the world, but you must be able to commit to being online 9am-11am Pacific, Monday through Friday, regardless of your timezone.

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 have experience in game development?
Nope! No prior experience is required. Some of our best past students have come from unexpected backgrounds. However, we have one important hint: you should get familiar with Core in advance, because the application process requires you to produce something with it.

Sounds exciting! How do I apply?
Apply online at the Core Games Dev Bootcamp application page.

I have more questions! Who can I ask?

Send an email to, and we will be happy to answer.

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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