The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDigi), the award-winning center for academic cooperation, entrepreneurship, and economic development across the Massachusetts video games ecosystem, will move to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this summer, MassDigi and WPI announced today at a celebration of MassDigi’s 10th anniversary.
MassDigi also will expand its work with students and companies in the region through a MassTech Game Prototype Matching Fund created with a new $100,000 grant awarded by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech). The grant will supply funds over the next two years to match private-sector investment in MassDigi’s Summer Innovation Program Extension (SIPX). Firms will apply to work with students to turn early-stage game concepts into working prototypes, which will provide paid job experience and valuable hands-on training to students.
“MassDigi and WPI are a perfect match,” said Timothy Loew, MassDigi founder and executive director. “Since it was established a decade ago, MassDigi has built extensive connections to the video game industry, cooperated with dozens of colleges and universities, launched more than 30 games, and created pathways to jobs for young people. With WPI’s global reach and its strengths in education, project-based learning, and research, MassDigi will be able to do even more for local and regional economies.”
MassDigi has been a U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center since 2011 and has secured more than $4.6 million in public and private support for its programs and activities, including those aimed at preparing young people for careers in the video games industry. MassDigi is moving because Becker College, where it is currently located, is closing at the end of its academic year.