In the male dominant industry of video games, Sadia Bashir is the female video game geek who managed to break all the glass ceilings and barriers and made her way to pursue her dream of becoming the video game developer. She is the owner of a video game development academy, Pixelart Games Academy (PGA). Sadia’s success story is an inspiration to all those budding female entrepreneurs who work through all the hardships and challenges to make it to the top.
Sadia’s Early Years
In her early years, Sadia used to visit the gaming arcades along with her brothers to play video games. She also used to play these games with her friends. Sadia was always fascinated with the graphics, characters, and the designs of the video games and she developed a desire for the video games development and designing.
Sadia’s parents could not afford her education. By sewing clothes and giving tuitions, she managed to pursue her studies all the way to COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, from where she did her Bachelors and Masters. She got scholarship from HEC for her studies in Bacholars.
Sadia had already tried her hands on graphic designing and animation using Adobe Flash and Photoshop in her early years. While working on her final project of Bachelor’s, she realized that she could start developing games. She was encouraged by her friends and teachers too.
She developed her first game using Unreal Development Kit (UDK) as her final year project for her bachelor’s. She also used to attend different conferences during her university days to present her games.
Sadia started working at Keychain Films as an artist and used to create documentaries and animation work. After that, she worked for Urchin Games for about two years and got a chance to work with many international giants like Big Fish Games, Wild Tangent, G5, and Game House. She also joined we.R.play, a famous game studio in Pakistan and there she worked with international mentors from Kiwi and RockYou Games.
PixelArt Games Academy, PGA
Sadia was aware of the difficulties and lack of mentoring for the budding video game developers. She came with the idea of an academy for the inspiring video game developers. Soon, she founded the PixlArt GamesAcademy (PGA) along with her brother-in-law Umair. She took a start at the WECREATE Center and began working on her business model under the supervision of many experts and mentors. They helped her launch the PGA and provided her all the assistance.
The PGA is currently a team of six members from different fields and provides training sessions and workshops on the video games development and designing. The academy is working on its first batch and the curriculum and will start its induction this year.
The PGA has got the support of many international mentors like Ken Levine, Jon Chey, and Brie Code and providing their full support and assistance to the Academy. Sadia, herself, is working on two games RPG and a social game.
Sadia takes a stand for the females of Pakistan and gives them a message of hard work and dedication through her inspirational story. She wants all such women of Pakistan to come forward and pursue their dreams by staying committed to their goals.
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