The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced a partnership with the Black Association for Science and Engineering, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), HHF's Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) and other groups to create the ESA Loft Video Game Innovation Fellowship.
The new ESA Fellowship is designed to support young game developers of color who are interested in creating games which address and seek solutions to problems within their communities. The Fellowship will award 20 young people ages 6 – 24 from among a pool of applicants that submit a game or a game idea accompanied by a video.
Awards will be given based on "vision, creativity, and potential impact on their community [to] positively addresses a social or civic issues through technology they are comfortable with."
Winners will travel to Washington, D.C. to present their game concepts to "influencers and policymakers."
Submissions are due by Oct. 1. Those interested in applying can visit loftinnovation.org.