2018 Pre Game Challenge a success

This past Saturday MassDiGI hosted our first-ever Pre Game Challenge. The event, held on campus at Becker College’s Colleen C. Barrett Center, featured a full house on hand to listen, learn and pitch.

The crowd, made up primarily of college and university students, including those from institutions such as Becker, WPI and Baruch among others, were in the room to hear from game industry veterans Jeff Goodsill (Dailybreak CP), Rich Gallup (Otherside Entertainment) and Oleg Brodskiy (BostonFIG Fest) about what goes into a great game pitch.

PGC '18 First Place - Suburst Studio

PGC ’18 First Place – Sunburst Studio

After hearing some excellent advice and getting some tips, tricks and insight into the elements of a pitch, a dozen teams signed up to take part in the inaugural PGC Minute To Pitch It Contest. The contest, judged by Jeff, Rich and Oleg, featured a lot of well-constructed pitches from many talented, budding game entrepreneurs and in the end the judges chose Sliptime Sleuths by Sunburst Studio, a team from WPI, as the first place winner. In second place was another team from WPI, Gungus, Wungus & Jimmy with Cryptid College. Third place went a team from Becker with Prototype Arrow. An honorable mentioned was awarded to WPI’s Kobi D. with Bloody Mary’s.

The Pre Game Challenge was designed to give attendees a chance to hear from experts and practice pitching well in advance of our annual late winter/early spring Game Challenge. And, to that extent, the event was a great success – we can’t wait to see what’s next!

 

 

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Save the dates – 12/4/18

Save the dates

Our 2019 dates to remember are:

  • January 4, 2019 – SIP Application Period opens
  • February 22-23, 2019 – MassDiGI Game Challenge
  • March 19, 2019 – Made In MA at GDC
  • March 28, 2019 – Made In MA at PAX East

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Inaugural Pre Game Challenge a success – 12/3/18

Inaugural Pre Game Challenge a success

By Timothy Loew, Executive Director

This past Saturday MassDiGI hosted our first-ever Pre Game Challenge. The event, held on campus at Becker College’s Colleen C. Barrett Center, featured a full house on hand to listen, learn and pitch.

The crowd, made up primarily of college and university students, including those from institutions such as Becker, WPI and Baruch among others, were in the room to hear from game industry veterans Jeff Goodsill (Dailybreak CP), Rich Gallup (Otherside Entertainment) and Oleg Brodskiy (BostonFIG Fest) about what goes into a great game pitch.

PGC '18 First Place - Suburst Studio

PGC ’18 First Place – Sunburst Studio

After hearing some excellent advice and getting some tips, tricks and insight into the elements of a pitch, a dozen teams signed up to take part in the inaugural PGC Minute To Pitch It Contest. The contest, judged by Jeff, Rich and Oleg, featured a lot of well-constructed pitches from many talented, budding game entrepreneurs and in the end the judges chose Sliptime Sleuths by Sunburst Studio, a team from WPI, as the first place winner. In second place was another team from WPI, Gungus, Wungus & Jimmy with Cryptid College. Third place went a team from Becker with Prototype Arrow. An honorable mentioned was awarded to WPI’s Kobi D. with Bloody Mary’s.

The Pre Game Challenge was designed to give attendees a chance to hear from experts and practice pitching well in advance of our annual late winter/early spring Game Challenge. And, to that extent, the event was a great success – we can’t wait to see what’s next!

 

 

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MassDiGI receives grant for esports lab – 11/2/18

Becker College is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Collaborative Workspace Program grant from MassDevelopment. The grant will to be used by the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) New Ventures Center at Becker to create the first-ever esports lab of its kind in central Massachusetts. The lab will be located within the College’s Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which opened earlier this year on its Worcester Campus.

The $21,400 grant was one of 28 awarded by the Baker-Polito Administration through MassDevelopment to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. The awards support the physical infrastructure that will spark the growth of new entrepreneurial ventures, while spurring innovation and job creation at the local level.

“We are grateful to MassDevelopment for this support,” said Tim Loew, executive director of MassDiGI at Becker and general manager of the College’s Varsity Esports Program. “With these funds, Becker can outfit the labs with top-tier, cutting-edge equipment, such as customized PCs and high frame-rate monitors, which will enhance the team’s competitive edge.”

  • Read the full press release here.

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