“As the video game industry enjoys growth across the United States, Massachusetts is reaping some of those benefits, according to a national trade group, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).” Read the full story from the Worcester Business Journal here.
The 2014 MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program Open House on August 7 featured four great games and attracted over 150 attendees. Read about the Open House here in Worcester Magazine, here in WPI’s Daily Herd or watch CharterTV3 WNT’s report below.
“Tim Loew is helping to spread the reputation of Becker College’s MassDigi around the country. That means more students with skills and ambitions in video game development want to spend their summer in Worcester.”
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.
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.
“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.”
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Department
Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick
GOVERNOR PATRICK VISITS DIGITAL GAMES START-UP ACCELERATOR IN MONTREAL TO STRENGTHEN EMERGING VIDEO AND DIGITAL GAMING INDUSTRY
MONTREAL – 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.
When you are a student in Massachusetts, the opportunities for learning beyond the classroom are pretty abundant. You just need to have a clear sense of what interests you and to know where to look! Click here to read the rest of the story on VentureFizz.com.