NYC Funds $2 Million Game Design Licensing Program

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The City College of New York will begin offering a bachelor’s degree in game design this fall, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced today, making it the first public institution in the city to offer such a program.

“New York City has always been the center of innovation, but it’s time for New York City to take it to the next level and finally become a leader in the digital games space,” Mayor Adams said. “It’s time to leverage all the talent we have here in New York by investing in the future of the game.”

The program, a partnership between City College and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, will be funded to the tune of $2 million with the hope of reaching more than 1,000 students over the next three years. Mayor Adams further explained that the goal of this degree is to “diversify the field of gaming” in addition to raising New York’s profile in the industry.

The press conference also saw Mayor Adams named an honorary member of New York Excelsior, a Surveillance team currently competing in the official Surveillance League. Maybe he could have helped them last night’s 3-1 loss to two-time champion San Francisco Shock, but I don’t know which Adams heroes are main or if the mayor even knows Monitor 2 meta.

New York University and Parsons School for Design were previously the only colleges in New York to offer training in game design. As such, this new program at the public City College of New York should make the whole endeavor more accessible to those who cannot afford the high tuition fees of private institutions.

“Every year our city has more and more young people with the creative potential and drive to shape the next generation of gaming experiences, and a public licensing program will provide them with a vital pathway to do so,” said Naomi Clark. , president of the NYU Gaming Center.

Of course it is to be debated if pursuing an education specifically geared towards game development is smart in the first place, but as someone who hasn’t been to school for anythingI leave that conversation to others.

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