By Scott Bureau
Brett Morris, a second-year game design and development student at Rochester Institute of Technology, has won the first-ever Game Innovators Scholarship from GSN Games, the social, mobile and online games division of GSN (Game Show Network). The scholarship program was established to foster the next generation of games industry leaders.
“It’s my dream to make games that will change people’s perspective on life, introduce them to intriguing concepts, teach them vital lessons and encourage them to have fun at the same time,” said Morris, who hails from Farmington, Conn.
The $2,500 scholarship is given to a university student pursuing a degree leading to a career in the games industry. Scholarship applicants were required to submit an original essay that describes where they see the games industry heading in the future and how they plan to drive innovation in the industry.
“GSN Games is thrilled to award Brett Morris with the first-ever Game Innovators Scholarship,” said Allison Rynak, vice president of Marketing Communications at GSN Games. “While we received applications from many talented and creative students representing dozens of colleges nationwide, Brett’s passion for games, academic standing and vision for a future career in game design won over the judges.”
“By pursuing a career in game design and development, I can combine my creative imagination, my artistic talent and my knowledge of computers into a passionate career in a rapidly growing industry,” said Morris. “It’s really the perfect fit for me and I’m loving it so far.”
GSN Games is a provider of cross-platform social casino games and skill-based cash tournaments. The company is part of GSN, an 80-million subscriber television network offering original and classic game show programming, which is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and DIRECTV.
Morris is featured on the GSN website at gsn.com/scholarship/fall-2013.html.