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Sony Interactive Entertainment Pledges $3 Million to USC Gaming Program - USC Viterbi

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Today, USC Games is ranked #1 North American gaming program for the 11th consecutive year by Princeton Review, and Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) donates $3 million to support the USC Games Gerald A. Lawson Fund announced a multi-year partnership beginning with Support from the PlayStation Career Pathway Program. This partnership establishes SIE as a key partner in USC Games’ efforts to support Black and Indigenous students in game development and design.

Jim Huntley, USC Games professor and director of marketing for the program, said: “Representation in gaming is important. The USC Games Lawson Fund Supported by PlayStation Career Pathways Program will inspire other companies, publishers, and developers to help me tackle a chronic problem the industry has struggled with since its inception. We hope you will contact us and invest in us.”

Ensuring that the gaming industry is diverse and inclusive is a key pillar of SIE’s core mission. As part of these efforts, SIE has implemented a strategic partnership portfolio to support the Black community and established the PlayStation Careers Pathways Program. The goal of this innovative program is to prepare the next generation of black and other underrepresented talent to pursue career paths in the gaming industry.

“USC Games’ Lawson Fund is more than just a scholarship,” said Tiffany Johnson, Senior Director and Global Head of DE&I at Sony Interactive Entertainment. “This is our commitment to providing opportunities for Black and other underrepresented talent who want to enter the gaming industry. We have a responsibility to build an industry that welcomes all.This contribution is just one of many efforts, all starting with investing in the next generation of talent and increasing the exposure and visibility of minority communities. increase.”

If you would like to donate or provide support to future game designers and developers in the minority community, you can do so here.

The Gerald A. Lawson Fund supports Black and Indigenous students seeking a bachelor’s or graduate degree in game design or computer science from USC’s prestigious programs. Proceeds from the fund will support eligible graduate and undergraduate gaming program students in both the School of Film Arts and the School of Viterbi Engineering, beginning in the fall 2022 semester. SIE donations will support incoming freshmen in Fall 2023. The donation will also fund the recruitment of Black or Indigenous faculty and staff, as well as the ongoing USC Games racial justice research initiative, details of which will be announced at a later date.

About USC Games

USC Games is a flagship collaboration offered jointly by the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Interactive Media & Games Division (IMGD) and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Computer Science Department. This unified brand brings our programs together under one umbrella, enabling students and faculty across the University of Southern California to work together to create innovative games.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts program focuses on both interactive media and game design and production. Students emerge as creative media leaders, are proficient in many forms of visual representation and storytelling, extend the state of interactive arts, and play across domains such as entertainment, education, healthcare, and social action. Possess a sophisticated ability to design and develop innovative interactive experiences. .

The Computer Science Games program at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering provides students with a foundation in computer science and an interdisciplinary background in game development. Students will develop an engineering-oriented game programming skill set with an understanding of key technologies and the ability to lead complex technical teams in the development of games.

In addition to advanced gaming classes, USC Games hosts the annual USC Games Expo, an event that showcases university-created games to the public, as well as industry events at the annual Game Developers Conference. USC Games also collaborates with other college and university game design programs. For more information, visit Or connect at

About Sony Interactive Entertainment

A recognized global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has brought innovation to the market since the original PlayStation was launched in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation family of products and services includes PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation™Store, PlayStation®Plus and the acclaimed PlayStation®. A software title from PlayStation Studios. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., SIE is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sony Group with global operations in California, London and Tokyo.

Published September 6, 2022

Last updated: September 6, 2022