Seventeen years ago, the video game industry’s pioneers had a vision. They wanted to show that the interactive technologies at the center of their work had the power to solve social and global issues. From their vision, the ESA Foundation was born.
Since then, the ESA Foundation has amplified the reputation and innovation of the video game industry by supporting students, schools and charities that are improving the lives of kids and expanding their horizons by harnessing the unique power of interactive software.
With philanthropic support from both the public and the technology and video game industries, ESA Foundation awards scholarships to aspiring game developers, encourages inclusivity in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) fields, and helps organizations use video games to advance good causes.
Creating Meaningful Social Change Through Video Games
The technology developed for games and entertainment has the potential to transform lives. The ESA Foundation awards grants annually to organizations that leverage interactive technologies to achieve meaningful social impact. ESA Foundation grants have: enabled thousands of Girl Scouts to participate in hands-on game design workshops, allowed Inspire USA to develop an online cyberbullying resource for teens, and empowered HopeLab to develop mobile games that promote successful treatment outcomes for young people with cancer, just to name a few examples.
BUILDING A PIPELINE OF FUTURE VIDEO GAME PROFESSIONALS
Since 2007, to encourage diversity in STEAM-fields and the video game industry and support the development of its future leaders, ESA Foundation has helped over 350 women and minority students across the U.S. follow their dream of earning a video game-related degree, while also creating a pipeline of diverse and skilled job candidates for the growing industry.