We strive to be a space where everyone, regardless of who they are or what their relationship to gaming is, can come together in a welcoming environment. Whether you're a hardcore FPS player, an artist or musician looking to build a portfolio, or just like playing Candy Crush on your phone, there's a place for you here. But we're not just fun and games.
We are a professional organization that spearheads initiatives within Hunter College, across CUNY, and the wider-NYC games community, to make the games industry a more accessible academic and career opportunity for all. We are currently mainly working with the Film and Media Department of Hunter College to develop and implement academic programs in esports and game development, and with games industry professionals across disciplines to create free public programming.
Our interdisciplinary nature defines us. In fact, our staff meetings are more like senate meetings! Each of our program heads plan their own events, and it all happens at the same time in the same space. This results in a very unique atmosphere where everyone has the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone.
With game designers trying League of Legends to see what all the hype is, our esports team learning Photoshop, and Dungeon Masters using their narrative world-building skills at game jams, we're breaking down the barriers that exist both inside and outside the gaming community.
Over 2000 students served in the past year
Over 100 free workshops each year
Our esports students won $7250 in scholarships through competition
17 students were saved from academic dismissal or dropping out
7 students directly credited EGD as the reason they received a job offer or internship
84 students discovered their major and career path
The EGD chapter of Hunter College is also affiliated with:
Originally known as the Game Design Collective, we were founded on November 9th, 2016 at Hunter College. We applied to charter officially as a club with Hunter College in 2017 but were denied. Due to these circumstances, we ended up joining forces with 2 other games-related clubs and submitted an appeal to try and charter together as one organization. Our appeal was denied and we were told to wait until the next application cycle. We continued to operate anyways, thanks to the dedication of our members and the support of the Theater Department. In September 2018, we were approved to charter.
Over the past three years, we have grown to service over 850 students and have established ourselves as the ringleader of games throughout CUNY. However, we still currently lack sufficient funding and internal support on campus. We have also grown too large to continue our operations within the Theater Department's space. To ensure our organization receives the support it needs and to solidify ourselves as a public figure within NYC games communities, we are in the process of incorporating and filing for 501(c)(3) status as a public nonprofit arm.
No matter how far we go, we will never forget where we came from. We may no longer have an office or storage space, but one thing is certain: we will change the world. We will continue to support all of us who know that affordable education, the games industry, and the communities these institutions create are important.
One horrible Just Dance session at a time.