In just one short week on February 9, 2016, the New York Videogame Critics Circle will hold its 5th Annual New York Game Awards in Brooklyn, NY. 2016 marks the Circle’s inaugural scholarship program, benefiting The Dreamyard Prepatory High School. A story contest was conducted offering a scholarship to one “smart but needy high schooler,” and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony.
“DreamYard is thrilled to partner with the New York Videogame Critics Circle on this scholarship contest,” said Tim Lord, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The DreamYard. “We believe that the arts and social justice education can help young people build pathways to opportunity. But it is only through partnerships like this, with a respected tech and business partner organization who believe our Bronx youth can be the next leaders in gaming and coding and design, that we can actually connect that pathway to lasting opportunity.”
Founded by game journalists and video game critics from across the country, the New York Videogame Critics Circle aims to protect the rights of writers and the integrity of journalism. In addition, NYVCC organizes gaming events and outreach to New York City youth and senior citizen centers.
Featuring game developers, composers and game journalists from across the world, the New York Game Awards will highlight the best of the best from 2015’s roster of video games. In addition to the aforementioned scholarship announcement, the evening will host musical guests including Grammy-award winning musician, Wyclef Jean, who will premiere new music he composed for upcoming game, Lost In Harmony.
Having joined forces with comics from The Daily Show With Noah Trevor, this year’s New York Game Awards are sure to make you laugh. Or cry. Or both. It’ll be beautiful. What we DO know is that Rockstar Games will be presented with the Legend Award, and one outstanding writer will be crowned with the very first Best Games Journalism Award. (Well, okay it’s not a crown, but they get a presumably shiny trophy!)