Apple looking for in-house game developer staff, preps ‘Apple TV’ retail store push (with Sony LCDs)

Apple Store“Apple has cast its net wider in the hunt for game developers. Meanwhile, batches of Sony’s LCD flat screens are accumulating in Apple retail shops ahead of the company’s Apple TV roll-out,” Aidan Malley reports for AppleInsider.

“Not satisfied with its existing teams, Apple has begun canvassing schools in a search for junior additions to its swelling game development workforce,” Malley reports.

Malley reports, “Students at the Savannah College of Art and Design reported today receiving an e-mail from a recruiter working directly for Apple, Inc., who appears to be actively tracking down skilled graphics designers among those enrolled in the school’s Fine Arts programs. Those hired for the summer program would be tasked with creating ‘consistent, high quality 3D and 2D art for games,’ the message said.”

“Conspicuously absent from the notice was any mention of a specific platform for the games in question… Apple has shown a steadily burgeoning interest in games ever since it revealed its first two homemade games for the fifth-generation iPod, Texas Hold’em and Vortex, back in September,” Malley reports. “…A slip of the tongue by a former Microsoft alumnus turned PopCap Games exec has also pointed to casual games as a new feature of the Apple TV, which may include first-party titles.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dave” for the heads up.]

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    We can hope for the casual gaming though.

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