Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.
Social mobile game publisher Zynga announced it has partnered with North Carolina A&T State University, the largest Historically Black College or University (HBCU), to help expand gaming development through Zynga’s Social Impact Fund.
As part of the partnership, Zynga will grant the university’s college of engineering a total of $1.4 million over a four-year period to create the Zynga Scholars program. Zynga scholars will receive support to strengthen their gaming development competencies throughout their undergraduate education.
Skills and education courses will include introductions to game design, cyber security, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, dynamic data structures, databases, and efficient algorithms. Each year of the program, students will showcase their progress by presenting their projects and skill developments to College of Engineering faculty and university administrators, as well as to Zynga mentors and employees.
Frank Gibeau, CEO of Zynga, started a $25 million fund last year for social impact causes in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. In a statement, he said the company is honored to partner with North Carolina AT&T State University’s college of engineering and to empower future Black representation in the game industry.
Three top investment pros open up about what it takes to get your video game funded.
Robin Coger, dean of the College of Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, said in a statement that the Zynga Scholars program will further advance current undergraduate studies leveraging programming and artificial intelligence for gaming projects and help create a more equitable society.
GamesBeatGamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:
- Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
- The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
- Networking opportunities
- Special members-only interviews, chats, and "open office" events with GamesBeat staff
- Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
- And maybe even a fun prize or two
- Introductions to like-minded parties