Gearbox Software, the Plano video game development studio behind the popular Brothers in Arms franchise, is pledging scholarship funds, professional mentors and a video lab to The Guildhall at SMU, the country’s leading graduate video game development program.
The gift of $50,000 to the Fellows Scholarship Program underscores the strong working relationship between The Guildhall and Gearbox, which has hired 15 graduates of the SMU video gaming program since its inception in 2004.
“The only thing growing faster than our industry is the need for new and creative talent,” said Gearbox CEO and President Randy Pitchford. “That’s why programs like The Guildhall at SMU need our support.”
“It doesn’t really surprise me that Randy was the first industry leader to support our Fellows Scholars,” says Guildhall Executive Director Peter Raad. “He believes, as we do, that we need to find ways to ensure financial barriers do not stand in the way for the very best students to attend our program and become contributing professionals and future leaders in the dynamic video game industry.” (Left, Randy Pitchford and Peter Raad.) Read more from SMU News.