Recognized as a leader in supporting the vibrant game scene in NYC, in 2016, the NYU Game Center was awarded one of three $450,000 grants from Empire State Development to create a Digital Gaming Hub. The NYC Games Hub increases collaboration between industry, academy, and individuals, provides resources and mentorship to those entering the industry, assists established companies and developers, fosters the games community, grows the size of the New York State games industry, and raises the profile of games made in the State. The NYC Games Hub, overseen by an advisory board of industry professionals, supports the creation and distribution of the New York State Game Industry Census, an expansion of the Game Center’s Incubator program, and continuation of high-quality, professional events open to the public. For more information on the grant and the other schools acting as Digital Gaming Hubs, see the official Empire State Development write-up here.
New York State Games Industry Census
To better understand the landscape of professional game makers in New York, the NYC Games Hub annually prepares and distributes a brief census. The range of commercially successful and groundbreaking work being done in NYC and across the state by companies and individuals can be found in this online directory. At the conclusion of the grant period, the Hub will release a public report on the state of the industry.
If you are a commercial game developer or studio working in the state of New York and would like to be included, please participate in the Industry Census. Responses help the Hub advocate for policy changes at the state level.
With this support from Empire State Development Grant, in 2016 we expanded the reach of our Incubator and piloted an open-to-the-public program, where NYU graduates work alongside other talented developers from the wider community. Check out our 2016 and 2017 cohorts for more information on the supported projects from both NYU and beyond.
In 2018, in an effort to make the Incubator accessible to a wider range of people, there are two application rounds. The first round is open 12/12/17 to 1/21/18. The second round will open on 3/5/18 and close on 4/11/18. Applicants are not required to apply to both rounds. Read here for full details about the application process and the Incubator program, or go right to the application, here.
From our weekly Playtest Thursdays to the annual, career-focused Strategy Guide: Breaking Into the Games Industry, and the commissioned No Quarter Exhibition, The NYC Games Hub will continue to provide high-quality events that sustain the game development community in New York.
To see a full listing of events, see our calendar.
The Advisory Board
The NYC Games Hub Advisory Board is made up of the following game industry professionals:
- Frank Lantz – NYU Game Center, Department Chair
- Dylan McKenzie – NYU Game Center, Incubator Director
- Naomi Clark – NYU Game Center, Assistant Arts Professor
- Margaret Robertson – Dots, Game Director // NYU Game Center, Industry Liaison
- Jason Della Rocca – Execution Labs, Co-Founder
- Austin Walker – Waypoint, Editor-in-Chief
- Colleen Macklin – PETLab, Co-Director // Design & Technology at Parsons School of Design, Associate Professor
- Howard Tsao – Muse Games, CEO
- Justin Hendrix – NYC Media Lab, Executive Director
- David Grijns – Defiant Studios, Managing Director