WHO WE ARE
Founded in 2016, the EGD Collective is a pending 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization creating community, equity, and leaders of character through games. We provide a voice for students and work towards a better world for our medium.
Originally known as the Game Design Collective, we were founded on November 9th, 2016 at Hunter College as a student organization. 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.
The Collective started to grow rapidly. Students from other CUNYs were coming by and were even transferring into Hunter because we were here. Students from FIT, New School and NYU tried sneaking into some of the club’s events.
In 2018 we began to offer the Game Studio Program, and EGD started to resemble a department more than a club. Over 1500 students were coming through our doors each semester.
In 2019 we began the process of forming ourselves as a nonprofit, so we could better support our students.
No matter how far we go, we will never forget where we came from. 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.