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Eight Organizations Receive Funding for Programs Benefiting American Youth
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eight nonprofit organizations today were awarded grants from the ESA Foundation to advance programs leveraging video games and technology to make a difference in the lives of America’s youth. The grantees’ programs range from offering hands-on game design workshops for girls to using video games for vision screenings in schools. The ESA Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic organization begun by the U.S. video game industry.
“Video games can improve lives and expand horizons exponentially. These grantees are harnessing interactive technologies to create innovative solutions to everyday challenges,” said Jenny Lai, vice president of ESA Foundation. “Their programs are closely aligned with the ESA Foundation’s mission to create positive social impact through video games and digital technology, and we are proud to support their efforts.”
These grants will allow the organizations to advance their projects through 2015 and beyond.
2015 ESA Foundation Grantees:
• Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA)
Through project-based learning, BGCA will promote a nationwide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative to encourage kids and young adults to apply STEM concepts to real-life experiences and improve their local communities.
• Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals
Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon and fundraiser, has raised more than $14 million for CMN Hospitals across the country. The ESA Foundation sponsored the top prizes of $30,000 to the two CMN hospitals whose Extra Life 2014 participants raise the most funds overall and per capita.
• Drexel University
As a leader in collegiate game design programs, Drexel University will offer game development workshops for girls in the Philadelphia region in partnership with TechGirlz, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations. The workshops will give girls a hands-on experience with different technologies and encourage them to pursue degrees and occupations in technology-related industries.
• HopeLab Foundation
HopeLab works to harness the power of technology to improve human health and well-being. Its newest project, Zamzee, encourages physical activity among children and their families. HopeLab will test Zamzee with clinical partners to explore using games as a tool to combat sedentary behavior and prevent the onset of chronic diseases.
• National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
NCMEC will support the development of NetSmartz Kids Club UYN, an online monthly feature that promotes Internet safety with animated media, interactive activities and more.
• National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
NMAI, a component of the Smithsonian Institution, will develop The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, an in-gallery game play experience that will explore the importance of the Inka Road and how the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere changed the course of world history.
As a way to thank the men and women of the U.S. armed services, ThanksUSA provides meaningful educational scholarships for military family members. The ESA Foundation will continue to support ThanksUSA’s Treasure Hunt, an interactive American history game that reinforces the privilege and values of American freedom.
• VisionQuest 20/20
VisionQuest 20/20 aims to protect children and their families from the devastating consequences of undetected vision disorders and preventable blindness. Thirty-five schools across the U.S. will receive EyeSpy 20/20, a vision assessment game, along with supplies and technical support to conduct unlimited screenings.
About ESA Foundation
Created by the American entertainment software industry, the ESA Foundation works to make a positive difference in the lives of America’s youth by providing scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supporting charitable organizations and schools that leverage entertainment software and technology to create educational opportunities. ESA Foundation is primarily supported by proceeds from its signature annual fundraiser, “Nite to Unite – for Kids” and other charitable initiatives. For more information, please visit ESA Foundation’s website or follow us on Twitter.
INDIANAPOLIS – Gen Con, North America’s largest and longest-running gaming convention, has partnered with Games & Gears to create exclusive new branded items, including a Gen Con Collectors Series Brush Size 0 and a Limited Edition Gen Con Adventurers Tavern terrain piece. These limited-edition items, created for the 2014 convention, are available for pre-order. In addition to these items, Games & Gears will team with Gen Con as its 2014 Miniature Hobby Events partner.
A new marketing partner for Gen Con, Games & Gears will sponsor the 2014 Miniature Hobby Events (MHE) program for the first time. Comprising more than 100 events, the MHE program includes painting competitions, informative tutorials, and more.
About Gen Con
Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days In Gaming!™. Weekend turnstile attendance of 159,364 and unique attendance of 49,058 grew the convention approximately 20% from 2012’s previous record of 41,000+ unique attendees. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. For more information, visit gencon.com.
INDIANAPOLIS – Gen Con Indy 2013, completed August 15-18 at the Indiana Convention Center, experienced record attendance numbers and unprecedented growth. Weekend turnstile attendance of 159,364 and unique attendance of 49,058, grew the convention 20% from 2012’s record-setting 41,000+ unique attendees. These metrics show continued growth of more than 75% over the past five years.
“The Gen Con team is ecstatic about the attendance numbers for Gen Con Indy 2013, but there are also many other successes from this year’s show to share,” said Adrian Swartout, CEO of Gen Con LLC. “More than 12,000 gaming and entertainment events occurred at the convention, 360+ companies exhibited, the annual Trade Day doubled in attendance, and Sunday enjoyed record-breaking Family Fun Day attendance. It is hard to believe Gen Con Indy could experience a better year than 2012, but our exhibitors, sponsors, and event organizers guaranteed this was absolutely our best show.”
Gen Con Indy accounts for more than $47 million in yearly economic impact to Indianapolis, a figure that has only been surpassed by the 2012 Super Bowl
“Gen Con continues to experience tremendous growth in Indianapolis,” said Leonard Hoops, President & CEO of Visit Indy, the city’s convention and tourism agency. “Gen Con LLC leadership really knows their attendees and how to enhance the gaming experience every year, and Indy really knows Gen Con and how to put on a great event. We’re delighted to be the host city through at least 2020 and look forward to many future Gen Cons to come.”
Record-setting numbers were not limited to attendance and economic impact. The show’s Co-Sponsors each hosted high-profile events commanding media attention. The first Guinness World Record attempt at a Gen Con Indy was completed successfully by Mayfair Games on Saturday, August 17, when they achieved the world’s largest game of Catan with 922 players. Wizards of the Coast hosted a sold out Night with D&D event, featuring a murder mystery puzzle game. Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder Special Event filled the Sagamore Ballroom, with actions of one player impacting the games of hundreds of others. Collectively, these three events had more than 2,500 ticketed participants.
“This was Paizo Publishing’s first year as a Co-Sponsor of Gen Con, and we were thrilled to have our best show ever,” said Erik Mona, Publisher and CCO of Paizo Publishing. “And it’s not just Paizo saying so. The buzz among exhibitors was that this was their best Gen Con as well. We can’t wait to return.”
Gen Con’s Wednesday Tapping Party for Indianapolis business Sun King Brewing’s official beer of Gen Con Indy 2013, Flagon Slayer, drew more than 2,000 fans to the Wednesday night event on Georgia Street.
Gen Con Indy 2014 will take place at the Indianapolis Convention Center from August 14-17, 2014.
About Gen Con
Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con Indy, The Best Four Days In Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. For more information, visit www.gencon.com <http://www.gencon.com/> .
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Seattle, WA – Symbiote Studios announced that they will be partnering with video game entertainment rockstars ScrewAttack to help premiere ScrewAttack Games new game Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures at Pax Prime Booth 6202. AVGN Adventures is based on the extremely popular web series, The Angry Video Game Nerd created by James Rolfe, who’s YouTube account has nearly 1.1 Million subscribers. The game releases September 2013 and is currently available for pre-order via Steam. One person who pre-orders AVGN Adventures will actually be featured in the game as a non-playable character. Pax Prime is considered to be the Disneyland of the video game industry and gathers upwards of seventy thousand people each year. Symbiote will be selling ScrewAttack and Angry Video Game Nerd products at the booth as well as a small supply of their limited edition QuakeCon Phobos figures. Fans can preorder the game here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/237740.
“We are so excited to be working with Symbiote to show off the game,” explained ScrewAttack CEO Craig Skistimas. “Symbiote’s line is known for it’s unique nature, great value and high quality. Our values are similar to theirs for sure.”
“ScrewAttack.com is where video game fans go to hear the voice of people who speak the language. 90% video gaming 10% journalism. Their audience is some of the most serious core video gamers there are and we want to get in front of them for sure” remarked Joseph Reiter head of Symbiote Studios.
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Launched in 2007, Symbiote Studios goal was to create realistic vinyl toys and resin statues. From humorous figures like Sam and Max to bad ass figures from DOOM and Elder Scrolls Skyrim they have established themselves as serious contenders in the category.
About ScrewAttack Entertainment LLC
ScrewAttack.com launched in February 2006, and quickly taken the video game entertainment world by storm. With its unique blend of programming and personalities, ScrewAttack has remained true to its roots and has created a home for gamers of all kinds. Viewed over a billion times since its inception, ScrewAttack has developed partnerships with a number of high profile companies, including MTV Networks, Ziff Davis Media, Google, IGN.com, and YouTube. In addition original programming, ScrewAttack also produces the largest console gaming event in Texas, SGC, as well as recently expanded it’s role in the video game industry serving as a publisher for independent video games via the newest leg of it’s business, ScrewAttack Games.
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Created by enthusiasts of the genre ‘Zombie Shuffle’ uses the standard deck by turning the king, queen and jack cards into zombies, the aces into survivors and the 2 through 10 as their weapons to take them on.
“We spent over a year on the rules and design,” said Blaise Sewell, game co-creator and designer. “Zombie Shuffle is a lot like current favorites Munchkin and Bang! but also combines elements from classics including Crazy 8s and Spades.”
With the flood of zombie-related products Sewell believes his team has connected the new with the old by forcing themselves to stick to the standard deck.
“By releasing the rules online Zombie Shuffle is free to everyone with a deck of cards,” he said. “We love how games are passed down through family gatherings and parties and hope our little game will be the same.”
As the Kickstarter winds down they have 12 days to raise funds to cover the large costs of printing decks of cards. Kickstarter is an online pledge system for funding creative projects and is used to generate money for start up costs through crowdsourcing.
The group plans to continue releasing more games if their inaugural card game is successful.
Feels Right Design is a graphic design house with a focus on social justice and grassroots movements.
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Chicago, IL 60647 USA
Relevant Link to Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1380678895/zombie-shuffle
Carlsbad, CA – Upper Deck is raising the bar in terms of what collectors can expect from a pack of Marvel trading cards. Upper Deck invites you to experience the most premium comic trading card release of all-time with Marvel Premier. These exclusive packs are only for the most serious comic fans as each pack has a suggested retail price of $200.
Each pack of Marvel Premier contains five total cards, each one of them packing a punch! First fans will receive two premium base cards on a super-thick card stock from the 50-card base set numbered to only 99 copies. Next, they will receive a one-of-one sketch card from a top Marvel artist. The fourth card is an industry first where collectors will find either a dual, triple or quadruple multi-panel hinged sketch card. To get a first look at these miniature works of art, click HERE.
The fifth card will be either a “Classic Corners” card, a Shadowbox card or an “Emotion” booklet card by Jason Adams and NAR! The “Classic Corners” cards pay homage to many of the famous Marvel Comics cover corners with a manufactured patch card. The Shadowbox cards use a patent pending layered technology on a super-thick card to create a three dimensional appearance of famous Marvel battles. And, the “Emotion” booklet cards have never been seen before in the entertainment industry. The cover will feature original art from Jason Adams, and once opened, the collector will find an emotion written on one side, and a corresponding Marvel character drawn by NAR! on the other. For example the “Anger” card features The Incredible Hulk.
“For years we’ve seen die-hard Marvel fans eagerly pursuing premium inserts from our Marvel trading card lines,” said Jason Brenner, Upper Deck’s Marvel brand manager. “This is our first opportunity to provide them with a set of Marvel cards that are all high-end insert quality. This is certainly not a product for everyone which is why we are not making very much of it, but the fans it is targeted for are going to love it!”
Upper Deck’s 2012 Marvel Premier really is about the artists and the company has employed some of the best in the industry including Cruddie Torrain, Mike Mayhew, Lak Lim, Jose Jaro, Adriana Melo, Babisu Kourtis and NAR! With never before seen artwork from these great artists, passionate Marvel fans are in store for a real treat when they see the new imagery of their favorite Marvel characters.
Marvel fans can find 2012 Marvel Premier in hobby shops and through the company’s network of Authorized Internet Retailers when it debuts on Halloween!
About Upper Deck
Upper Deck is the leading sports and entertainment trading card and collectibles company. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit www.upperdeck.com.
About Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.