FunPlus, one of the largest independent mobile game developers and publishers in the world today announced a new collaboration for the G4C Student Challenge, a national game design program and competition in the US that bridges students’ passion for video games with civic engagement and digital storytelling. Games for Change (“G4C”) is a 19-year-old nonprofit that empowers game creators and innovators to drive real-world change.
The Character Design Award builds on FunPlus’ successful collaboration with Creative Art Works (“CAW”), a 36-year-old nonprofit that empowers underserved New York City teens and young adults through visual and multimedia arts. Since 2020, FunPlus has sponsored a Character Design apprenticeship with CAW and the G4C collaboration builds upon this commitment to accompany the next generation of artists and potential future video game talent.
“We’re excited to keep building on our commitment to younger generations and contributing our own in-house expertise to the Games for Change Student Challenge” said Chris Petrovic, Chief Business Officer at FunPlus. “Our teams are passionate about investing in the younger generations and this award provides another opportunity for us to make a concrete impact.”
As part of the Character Design Award competition, students will be challenged to design a game character with the support of G4C and character design industry experts from FunPlus. Starting in early 2023, FunPlus artists and creatives from across the globe will contribute to educators’ professional development, providing masterclasses for participating students and judging the proposals received.
“For 8 years, the Games for Change Student Challenge has connected students’ passion for games with awareness and action around social issues. The FunPlus Character Design Award is an exciting addition to the program that will challenge students to level up their game design skills, ” said G4C Managing Director and Chief Learning Officer, Arana Shapiro. “There are so many components to creating a video game, and we want to allow students to explore more ways to get involved in the industry, whether they’re game designers, artists, or anything in between.”
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FunPlus is a world-class, independent game developer and publisher headquartered in Switzerland, with offices and operations in China, Japan, Singapore, Spain, and the United States. Founded in 2010, FunPlus is an organization that fosters top creative talent with more than 2,000 team members worldwide. Ranked #1 Global Publisher in Strategy Games (2019 & 2020), FunPlus is home to KingsGroup studio who develops hugely popular mobile strategy titles including State of Survival, King of Avalon and Guns of Glory. FunPlus has also positioned itself in the RPG puzzle genre with Call of Antia. In 2021 FunPlus acquired Imagendary Studios working on its first original AAA development. The company is also the founder of FPX (FunPlus Phoenix), one of the world’s most successful esports organizations, and the 2019 League of Legends World Champions.
About Games For Change
Since 2004, Games For Change (G4C) has empowered game creators and innovators to
drive real-world change — using games and immersive media to help people learn, improve
their communities, and make the world a better place. G4C partners with technology and gaming companies, nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies to run world-class events, public arcades, design challenges, and youth programs. G4C supports a global community of game developers working on using games to tackle real-world challenges, from humanitarian conflicts to climate change and education.
About Creative Art Works
Creative Art Works (“CAW”) is a 36-year-old nonprofit that empowers young people through the visual and multimedia arts. Our programs equip children, teens, and young adults with essential life skills, connect them with communities, academic success and career opportunities, and inspire them to reach for new possibilities. Working in underserved neighborhoods of New York City, in public schools, community centers, parks, supportive housing, and juvenile justice settings, CAW provides dynamic creative youth development for those who otherwise lack access. Students are never charged and Youth Apprentices earn wages.