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UT creates video game academy

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas at Austin is creating a gaming academy by teaming up with leaders in the industry.

The school said Monday that the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy will begin in fall 2014 with a focus on training students to become game development team leaders.

Warren Spector, a 30-year veteran of the video game industry known for work on "Ultima" and "System Shock," will guide the curriculum. He and Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment, will serve as part-time instructors.

Students attending the academy will earn a post-baccalaureate certificate instead of a graduate degree. The academy will include a 12-month program in which students will create a small-scale game. There are only 20 spots available next year for the academy.

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