Racing, open-world, puzzles, mobile, RPGs—whatever the genre, everyone loves a good video game, and there are just as many students out there interested in helping to bring those games to life.
Enter, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, or MassDigi.
The university-based gaming initiative is a statewide center focused on student and university collaborations, entrepreneurship, economic development, and maintaining the thriving games ecosystem in Worcester and the greater Massachusetts area while connecting young people to opportunities within everything from startups to established studios and top gaming companies. It’s collaborated on the launch of more than 30 games since its founding in 2011, and provides a supportive, well-connected environment for students to gain invaluable experience, network with professionals in the video game industry, explore game design jobs, and build and hone their skills for use in professional gaming careers.
In short, MassDigi brings games to the next level—and now, we’re bringing MassDigi to WPI.
Home to one of the nation’s earliest degree programs in video game design (as well as being repeatedly recognized as one of the top programs in the country for game design), WPI has enjoyed a long history of collaboration with MassDigi and its students (and vice versa), something that will only grow stronger with this new partnership. Hands-on experience is a cornerstone of MassDigi, a value that aligns perfectly with WPI’s longstanding commitment to project-based learning.
The move, which will integrate MassDigi into WPI’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, will happen later in 2021, and allow MassDigi the opportunity to continue its statewide efforts in expanding entrepreneurship, strengthening the pipeline between higher education and the gaming industry, and preparing a workforce for this growing industry that’s just as creative and passionate as it is smart and innovative.
Stay tuned; we’re just getting started.