The Counting Kingdom wins 2014 MassDiGI Game Challenge

The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute is pleased to announce that Little Worlds Interactive, a Boston-based independent educational game development studio, has won the overall Grand Prize as well as Serious Game Prototype category honors in the third annual MassDiGI Game Challenge for The Counting Kingdom. The Counting Kingdom is a game for kids aged seven and up that encourages players to practice their math skills in a playful and engaging way.

“We are so excited to be heading home with the Grand Prize and category honors,” said Jenna Hoffstein, founder of Little Worlds Interactive. “MassDiGI did an amazing job organizing the event and bringing so many great developers, mentors and speakers together. The feedback and experience I received during the Game Challenge was extremely valuable, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who is making a game and wants it to succeed.”

This is the first time a serious or educational game has won the MassDiGI Game Challenge Grand Prize.

Other top Boston-area winners include Chris Chung for Catlateral Damage which won the People’s Choice award and Indie Entertainment Game Prototype category honors. Catlateral Damage is a fun, first-person cat simulator where the goal is to knock as many of your owner’s possessions onto the ground as possible.

Please click here to read the entire official press release about all the winners. Click here to read stories on Game Politics, BetaBoston (1), Gamasutra, BetaBoston (2), WBUR or Boston.com.

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MassDiGI receives grant from ESA Foundation

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.

Read the full press release here or read the stories at Game Politics, Go Local WorcesterBoston Herald,  Worcester Telegram and Worcester Business Journal.

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Telegram.com: CEO One-on-One with MassDiGI’s Timothy Loew

“The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute is a statewide collaboration of academics and entrepreneurs dedicated to fostering the growth and development of the Massachusetts digital and video games industry. MassDiGI was established in 2011 at Becker College and is funded through a variety of mechanisms, including corporate sponsorships, in-kind support, and state and federal grants, including a recent federal grant of $1.4 million that will be used to renovate MassDiGI’s New Ventures Center at Becker College, 80 William St., Worcester.”

Read and watch the full interview here.

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Massachusetts – Canada Innovation Partnership Mission visits Execution Labs in Montreal

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Department
Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick
Press Release

GOVERNOR PATRICK VISITS DIGITAL GAMES START-UP ACCELERATOR IN MONTREAL TO STRENGTHEN EMERGING VIDEO AND DIGITAL GAMING INDUSTRY

Gov. Deval Patrick at Execution LabsMONTREAL – Thursday, October 10, 2013 – As part of the Massachusetts – Canada Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick today met with digital gaming start-up companies and industry leaders in Montreal to identify opportunities for collaboration between globally recognized digital and video game clusters in Massachusetts and Canada.

Read the full press release here.

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MassDiGI receives $1.4M grant for New Ventures Center

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80 William St., future home of the MassDiGI NVC at Becker College.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration has awarded $1.4 million to the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute  to help create the MassDiGI New Ventures Center at Becker College. Please click here to read the press release and stories in the Boston Globe, Gamasutra, GamePolitics, MassLive, DevelopGameSpot, Polygon and Worcester Telegram.

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