Becker Students Win Schilling's Game Challenge

Published on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Becker College is pleased to announce that three students enrolled in its Interactive Entertainment program have won first place in the Massachusetts Game Challenge, with their game, “Munch’s Vacation.” 38 Studios of Maynard, founded by Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, invited students at New England colleges to take up the Challenge in December 2007. (Click here for 38 Studios’ announcement and a link to the feature in the Boston Globe.)

James R. Grant, III, Andrew D. Silvernail, and Patrick C. Walley, all juniors at Becker, each received a grand prize of $3,000 from Schilling and his creative team yesterday at the 38 Studios headquarters in Maynard, Mass.

Grant, Silvernail, and Walley (pictured below with Curt Schilling) collaborated to develop a five-level platform game that takes 38 Studios’ mascot Munch and his cohorts on an adventure Curt Schilling personally presented Massachusetts Game Challenge defeat the villain, Mean Munch, who has ruined their cruise ship vacation. “Munch’s Vacation” will be available for free play on later this summer.

A team from the New Hampshire Technical Institute took second place in the Challenge, and a team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute took third place honors.

All students who entered the Massachusetts Game Challenge are allowed to include their games in their portfolios, but must credit the copyright to 38 Studios.

About 38 Studios
38 Studios, a media and entertainment company founded in 2006 by Curt Schilling, The winning Becker College game development team, with their game, "Munch's Vacation."is in pre-production on an original fantasy IP driven by the creative and artistic visions of pop-culture icons R. A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane. Entertainment products will include a massively immersive online entertainment experience that transcends the traditional MMO genre, novels, comics, toys, movies, TV, and more. For more information, visit

About Becker College
Becker College traces its history to 1784 and has over 19,000 alumni.  With campuses in Worcester and Leicester, Massachusetts, the college serves nearly 1,500 students from 18 states and 12 countries.  Becker offers over twenty-five diverse Bachelor’s programs, ranging from Nursing, to Equine Management to Computer Game Design, as well as a variety of adult learning options. Becker delivers a first-quality education in unique, high-demand career niches.