term: spring | date: 22nd february, 2021

It is our absolute pleasure to congratulate Abby Sherlock, IMGD MFA and co-designer of the award winning Heirloom, for being a recipient of the 2021 Activision/Blizzard King Aspiring Womxn* in Games Scholarship.

This scholarship provides attendance, alongside Activision/Blizzard, to the Game Developers Conference. She will also receive exclusive networking access, not to mention learning and development opportunities accompanied by technology equipment to bolster her study experiences.

Well done, Abby!

Last Week

Several USC Games students submitted their games to the Independent Games Festival. They are now in the running to win one of a myriad of awards, including Best Student Game. We applaud them for their engagement and commitment to putting their work forward, and we wish them all the best of luck in the festival!

Check out these IGF pages to see their entries:

Kathryn Yu and Abby Sherlock’s Heirloom
Rong Deng’s Aria
Francesca Palamara’s Alma
Andre Pascual’s Serpent Showdown
Ahmad Mir Mohammad Sadeghi’s Liquidators

Wednesday, February 24th, 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Jason Docton is the Chief Executive Officer of Rise Against the Disorder. For the past six years, Jason has worked with his team to develop a private universal mental health care system that has helped over 27,000 people have access to free mental health care. Recently, Jason has worked with professional esports organizations, AAA publishers, and universities to develop programs to provide wellness services at scale. Jason founded Rise Against the Disorder in 2012, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that leverages gaming as a social platform to help those struggling with mental health issues. With a focus on youth, Jason has taken a unique approach to mental health care that melds video games, esports, and entertainment to promote mental wellness and the important of professional help. Jason is one of our most beloved speakers in 499 and we are happy to welcome him back to his third consecutive year speaking at USC!

*Students & Faculty, look out for more information in our USC Games Weekly Access Guide.

Saturday, February 27th, 4:00PM – 7:00PM

Hey everyone! USC Trojan Esports is hosting Overwatch Carnival, a fun, casual event for Overwatch and gaming enthusiasts! Earn points for playing Overwatch minigames! Top ten players share $500 in prizes!! WOW!! The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27th 4-7PM PST over discord.

RSVP || Discord

Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Game Tasting is a weekly event featuring curated tabletop games (in Tabletop Simulator) with USC Games students and faculty. Come, have fun, and learn a new tabletop game every week!

This week we’re going to play Century: Spice Road, a hand management game about leading a caravan and trading spices along the silk road. It’s a game with significant depth that manages to stay easy to learn, thanks to the simple set of mechanics. Please note that we’re trying out a new time for Game Tasting, which will be 7:00 PM PST on Wednesday starting this week. So join us at the new time for mercantile fun with 2017’s Century: Spice Road.

*Students & Faculty, look out for more information in our USC Games Weekly Access Guide

Sunday, February 28th, 3:00PM – 7:00PM

Please join us on Twitch for GGP Together, a celebration of BIPoC excellence in gaming  GGP Together is a 4 hour celebration of BIPOC excellence in gaming, including fantastic USC Games alums, Miranda Due and Elaine Gomez.  Indigenous game creators, Black in Gaming leaders, and LGBTQ+ game community leaders of color will all be sharing their impact on the world during the 4 hour stream.