ESA Foundation Funds Education for Young Game Developers

on December 15, 2011 4:00 PM

Looks like it pays to go into this crazy industry we all love so. Thirty aspiring game developers have been awarded a collective $90,000 from the Entertainment Software Association in the form of a scholarship to pursue their college degrees. Each recipient will get $3,000 toward higher education, half of whom are graduating high school seniors.

We all know video games are kind of a big deal these days, some major titles even¬†topping film releases in terms of profits. It’s pretty neat to see how our favorite pastime has evolved over the years and been embraced by the mainstream. ¬†According to the ESA, there are 343 institutions nationwide that offer some sort of curriculum in game design.

Heck, even here in Eugene, Ore., Lane Community College offers a program geared toward software development. It’s a shame I didn’t know about these types of opportunities growing up. On second thought, you probably don’t want me designing your games: I can hardly draw a decent Homer Simpson let alone design a sophisticated avatar.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.