Microsoft Store launches Xbox Academy that offers game development classes

(Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)A Microsoft Xbox video game logo is seen at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in 2015.

Kids who are into video games now get a chance to learn how they are developed.

The flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney, Australia launched Xbox Academy this week. It aims to encourage school-aged children to understand what happens behind game development and to give them a glimpse of what to expect, should they decide to take on a career path in the video gaming industry.

According to a report from Gamespot, the academy will offer a series of game development classes in partnership with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), a non-profit, multinational college that specializes in game development, visual effects, and animation. The classes will all be free of charge, and the courses, namely, game design, game programming, and game development on the Xbox One platform, will be led by tutors from the AIE.

Gamespot was invited to experience a condensed version of the course and noted that students will be able to continue their learnings during the Academy courses even as they are back in the comfort of their own homes. They shared that Unity, the game engine used, can be downloaded for free, making any Xbox One console into a development kit that can be used outside of the Academy. Moreover, students will also have the power to save any of their works done at the Microsoft Store through a complimentary USB flash drive.

A report from Gamezone said that each of the classes will be three hours long, with the Microsoft Store shouldering all expenses. Meanwhile, the official website of Microsoft events announced that participants who will finish the program will be given a Certificate of Course Completion approved by the AIE and a gift pack from the Xbox Academy.

In addition, Gamespot also reported that a representative from Microsoft Store said they expect to cater to up to 120 students over the course of the holiday period in Sydney and that they wish to continue with the endeavor in the future.

The classes will run from April 10 to April 22, with online registration available at the Microsoft events website.