NYU Game Designers Win Two Independent Games Festival Awards


Three NYU students were honored with two prestigious Independent Games Festival Awards at a ceremony on March 17, hosted by the 2016 Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The festival awards nine prizes in total, recognizing the most innovative independent games developed over the past year.

nyu-game-designers-win-two-igf-awards-
Game Center BFA student Jenny Jiao Hsia and Alec Thompson (MFA, ‘15) win IGF Best Student Game for 'Beglitched'

Three NYU students were honored with two prestigious Independent Games Festival Awards at a ceremony on March 17, hosted by the 2016 Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The festival awards nine prizes in total, recognizing the most innovative independent games developed over the past year.

In the category of Best Student Game, NYU Tisch Game Center alumnus Alec Thompson (MFA, ‘15) and current BFA student Jenny Jiao Hsia, won for Beglitched, an iOS strategy/puzzle game that delivers clever, cerebral gameplay in a pop-culture package. NYU Game Center student projects received three out of a total of six nominations in this category. The winners received a prize of $3,000.

The Nuovo Award, which recognizes achievement in experimental game play, was awarded to Cibele, developed for Star Maid Games by NYU Tandon School of Engineering graduate alumna Nina Freeman, together with Decky Coss, a music technology graduate from NYU’s Steinhart School, and alumnus Emmett Butler, (BA, Computer Science, ‘13). Cibele is based on a true story of love, sex, and the internet and breaks new ground for personal memoir-style use of the videogame medium. The Nuovo Award comes with a $5,000 prize.

“We’re so proud of Nina, Alec, Jenny, Decky, and Emmet, and grateful that they have received validation that their work is truly on the cutting edge of game design,” said Frank Lantz, chair of the NYU Game Center at MAGNET. “I believe our students’ success is due in no small part to the community that we’ve succeeded in creating here in Brooklyn. Game development requires interaction and play. The fact that Tisch and Tandon faculty and students interact so seamlessly, and that we enjoy the support and mentorship from an ever-increasing number of game developers in the area, has brought tremendous benefits to all of us.”

Four of the games under consideration for awards at IGF participated in the 2015 NYU Game Center Incubator, which was established in 2014 to help students launch new games. The Incubator provides time, space, guidance, and resources to maximize opportunity for commercial success of select games. Since its inception, several Incubator games have been brought to market, most recently the musical theater game Peter Panic, which was launched by Adult Swim in March 2016.

About the Independent Games Festival
The Independent Games Festival - which includes the two-day Independent Games Summit as part of GDC - was established in 1998 by the UBM Tech Game Network to honor the best independent game developers and encourage creativity and excellence in independent games. Supporters of the IGF include ID@Xbox (Platinum Sponsor), Valve (Platform Sponsor), DigiPen Institute of Technology (Platinum Student Sponsor) and Gamasutra.com (IGF Media Partner). For more information about the IGF, and its finalists and winners, visit here.

About MAGNET
NYU’s Media and Games Network (MAGNET) is a multi-school, interdisciplinary center for devoted to the study of the creative art of game design, digital media design, computer science, and engineering. It includes faculty and students from the Tisch School of the Arts Game Center, the Tandon School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. In addition to educational activities, MAGNET promotes interactions community game developers, helps incubate new, independent games, and holds numerous public events for gaming enthusiasts. MAGNET is located at the Metrotech Center in downtown Brooklyn.

###

 

 

Press Contact

Shonna Keogan
Shonna Keogan
(212) 998-6796