The EVO Scholarship will allow a member of the fighting game community to attend the prestigious NYU Game Center MFA program.
The NYU Game Center, a new department within the Tisch School of the Arts, is focused on game design as a creative practice. One of the most vibrant and innovative aspects of contemporary game design culture is the rise of high-level competitive gaming, sometimes known as e-Sports. This weekend, the Game Center is announcing a scholarship funded by EVO, the world’s largest fighting game tournament and a premier competitive gaming venue.
The EVO Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who best demonstrates an active participation in the fighting game community, an interest in game design with a focus on innovating in the field of competitive games, and a legitimate financial need.
Much of the attention surrounding the rise of e-Sports is focused on the high-stakes world of pro- gaming, in which top players compete for cash prizes and lucrative sponsorship deals. But Tom Cannon, the founder of EVO, is interested in using the scholarship to highlight other qualities of the competitive gaming scene – the values of community, focus, discipline, and critical thinking. The goal of the scholarship, says Cannon, is to “showcase how a commitment to mastering a competitive game can be a key ingredient in a successful, well-rounded life.”
For the NYU Game Center, this scholarship is an opportunity to bring attention to the competitive gaming scene as an important and valuable domain for thinking about games and game design. According to Frank Lantz, Director of the Game Center, “Fighting games combine the strategic depth of Chess with the technical mastery of a physical sport, and understanding them is critical to understanding the future of games as a cultural form.”
The fighting game community is known for its ethnic and socio-cultural diversity and the EVO Scholarship is also an opportunity to provide a path into the game industry for underrepresented voices who can bring much needed new perspectives to the world of game design.
The amount of the EVO Scholarship will be determined by the money generated by the EVO Pay-per-view HD live stream, so the greater the online audience for the event, the larger the scholarship amount.
For more information on the event go to http://evo.shoryuken.com/
For more information on the NYU Game Center visit http://gamecenter.nyu.edu/