The Evolution Tournament 2014 (EVO 2014) has finally ended. The best of the best players already displayed their skills and moves during the competition. Champions already bagged their prizes. However, there is a new addition to the prize that the champs will definitely dig. Nyu Game Center?s winner will get more than “$20,000” ?from the school?in the form of a?scholarship for a game design degree.
The winner, Tony Kao, will enter a Master of Fine Arts program in competitive design in Nyu Game Center this fall. He is an illustrator and a graphic designer based in Chicago and expected to graduate this 2016.
According to the Chairman of the Nyu Game Center, Frank Lantz,
“Tony embodies exactly the candidate we were hoping to attract with this scholarship ? a committed gamer and a talented designer who jumped at the opportunity to pursue game design at a deeper level,”
Nyu Game Center has been in partnership with the Evolution Championship Series ?to create the EVO Scholarship. Nyu Game Center offers game-related master degree programs at New York University.
The criteria for the annual honor include:
-????????? Participation in the fighting game community
-????????? Has the urge and interest to pursue game designing, particularly competitive games
-????????? Requires financial support
Tony Kao totally fits the bill and is now the new scholar of the Evolution Scholarship. EVO serves as the ?Guardian Angel? of the fighting community, as the organizers donated all proceeds from purchases of tickets to EVO live stream to fund the scholarship. EVO 2014 generated high-ticket sales, which costs $12 per piece. That means there will be a huge fund to allocate for the scholarship.
In a statement made by EVO?s founder, Tom Cannon:
“At Evo we feel a sense of duty to support fighting game players not only in their competitive lives, but in their personal and professional growth as people,”
Many people are now looking forward for the next Evolution Championship since there are more sponsors pledged for the said event.