July 15, 2022

New York City Hall Hosts First-Ever Digital Games Industry Council

On July 12, New York City Hall launched the first-ever Digital Games Industry Council to discuss supporting talent in that space. Participants included Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer and several members of the mayor’s office. 

The council came together to discuss how to expand the city’s digital games industry. The digital committee, designed to build a robust talent pipeline for talent in the digital games industry, aims to attract game development studios across five boroughs and help businesses operate and thrive in New York City. 

The meeting occurred following the announcement of Mayor Eric Adams’ partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) to invest in the future of gaming and diversity. The partnership will see $2 million invested into the city’s first-ever bachelor’s degree in digital game design at a public institution. 

“New York City had always been the center of innovation, but it is time that New York City levels up and finally becomes a leader in the digital gaming space,” said Mayor of New York, Eric Adams. “It’s time to take advantage of all the talent we have here in New York by investing in gaming. This $2 million investment will help us reach more than 1,000 students over the next three years and diversify the gaming field.” 

Ahead of her participation in the first-ever digital council meeting, Mayor Maria Torres-Spring released a statement

“With these announcements today, this administration affirms its commitment to New York City’s digital games industry,” said Mayor Maria Torres-Springer.

“A sector that plays a major role in our city’s economy, supporting over 7,500 jobs, $762 million in wages, and $2 billion in economic output, our new industry council will inform future economic development and inclusion efforts while our partnership with CUNY will provide New York City students [with] a strategic pathway to careers in these fields. This is a milestone moment in this city’s mission to drive inclusive growth and write the next chapter for New York City’s tech sector.” 

Additionally, the program’s industry partnerships will help to cultivate young talent among CCNY students and help them develop the skills and experiences needed to be sought by the industry. 

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Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.