MassDiGI Receives Grant from ESA Foundation

Published on Friday, December 13th, 2013

The ESA Foundation (ESAF) has awarded the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) at Becker College a $25,000 grant to expand high school student participation in the annual MassDiGI Game Challenge and launch MassDiGI 101, a series of mini workshops focused on game design and development.

“Students are more curious about game development than ever before,” said Timothy Loew, executive director of MassDiGI.  “ESAF’s grant will allow us to connect with more young people in more places around Massachusetts and New England.”

The annual Game Challenge is a pitch competition that helps aspiring game developers launch their games, meet industry mentors, and share ideas. The 2014 Game Challenge will be held on March 7 and 8 in Cambridge, Mass.

The ESAF grant will also help launch MassDiGI 101, a collaborative initiative between MassDiGI and local partners that will offer mini workshops in game design and development to students at select cities across New England.

“ESAF is proud to support MassDiGI and its important efforts to equip students with the twenty-first century skills they need to succeed in today’s economy,” said Jenny Lai, vice president of ESAF. “Game design programs such as the MassDiGI Game Challenge and MassDiGI 101 open new doors for students and prepare them to be the technological leaders and innovators of tomorrow.”