Becker Alumnus receives national award

Published on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Ryan Canuel, a Becker alumnus and founder and CEO of Worcester-based startup Petricore Games, received the 2017 Rising Pixel Award during the annual Bit Awards in New York City. The Bit Awards celebrate the year in games and the people behind them. Each year, a rising game developer who is making an impact on the community and the industry is honored with the Rising Pixel Award.

“It was really an unexpected honor to receive this award. I was there because our game, Battery Boy, had been nominated for Mobile Game of the Year, but never expected I’d receive the Rising Pixel award for Boston,” said Canuel ’15.  “Thank you to the people who nominated me, and to my amazing team, mentors, and friends who got together and made a video for the reception.”

Canuel and his Petricore Games team, consisting of fellow Becker alumni – Christina Andriano    ’15, Oliver Awat ’15, Chris Bruno ’15 and James Spavold ’15 – are no strangers to earning honors. In 2016, Canuel was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. A year earlier his company earned a spot in Startup Worcester inaugural cohort and a place in the MassDiGI Game Challenge finals. Over that time, Petricore has launched two well-received mobile games, Mind the Arrow and Gelato Flicker, and worked on a number of interactive projects for cultural organizations and non-profits across the country and around the world.

“This is well-deserved recognition for Ryan’s and Petricore’s work, and is reflective of the education Becker College provides, which promotes innovation and creativity,” said Nancy P. Crimmin, Ed.D., president of Becker College. “This award also reflects well on our top-rated game design program, which for years has been producing skilled entrepreneurs capable of competing and succeeding in this ever-changing industry.”

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