Brief: New career to be offered by UNO

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Students interested in making a career out of developing computer and video games may be interested in a new discipline to be offered by the University of New Orleans.

The university said its computer science department is now offering a concentration in game development.

The Advocate reports a 2011 study by market research company the NPD Group found that video game sales in the United States generate about $8.8 billion annually, while sales of computer games total about $450 million.

The game development concentration could become a recruiting tool for the university, computer science chair Mahdi Abdelguerfi said.

“The pervasiveness of computer gaming on personal computers, game consoles and handheld devices has generated significant student interest and job opportunities after graduation,” Abdelguerfi said.