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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > March 2015 > Mayor Announces The Winner of Buffalo's First Serious Computer Game Design

Mayor Announces The Winner of Buffalo's First Serious Computer Game Design Competition

Five teams competed for a chance to advance to the final round of competition

Serious Game Design CompetitionBuffalo, NY – Mayor Byron Brown announced Libram Games, a team of students from Canisius College and Cleaver Apps will move on to the second and final round of Buffalo’s Serious Computer Game Design Competition for a chance to compete for $5,000. Mayor Brown, in partnership with Buffalo Game Space and IBM, hosted the 48-hour event at Buffalo Game Space’s new location in the Tri-Main Building on Main Street. Game designers were given two-days to create the most innovative game concept and design.

"The competition is already a success with teams coming from different parts of our region to participate," said Mayor Brown.  "The teams embraced our goal of creating a fun video game about Buffalo that teaches employable skills and the importance of diversity."

"Five teams consisting of students, indie designers, and a father daughter team, competed for cash prizes and one of three spots to move on to the final round," explained Ken Barnes, Acting Commissioner of Management Information Systems for the city of Buffalo. "The first place prize is $1,250, second place is $750 and third place is $500."

Work on the game designs began at 5PM, March 20 and teams had until 5PM, March 22, to develop a workable concept to present to a panel of seven judges that included:

  • David Pape, Associate Professor of Media Study, SUNY Buffalo
  • Przemyslaw (P.J.) Moskal, Associate Professor and Digital Media Arts program Director, Canisius College
  • Jordan Walbesser, IP and Startup Attorney, Hodgson Ross
  • Robert Kirk, Global Technology Services Account Manager, IBM
  • Carolyn Criscitiello, Head of Innovation, M&T Bank
  • Demone Smith, Majority Leader, Buffalo Common Council

The goal of the city’s Serious Video Game Design Competition is to create a video game concept that will:

  • Teach life skills and job readiness skills that lead to meaningful employment;
  • Highlight the importance of diversity in society and in the workplace;
  • Develop a video game that educates and is fun to play, while positively  promoting the City of Buffalo;
  • Create a marketable electronic game that can be played on multiple formats (i.e. phone, tablet, and computer).