Diversi & King invites students to GDC Scholarship 2020!

Together with King, the developer behind the hit Candy Crush mobile game franchise, we are celebrating the 5th year of its Aspiring Womxn1 in Games Scholarship, with applications now open for the chance to win one of 15 places on the 2020 programme.

The scholarship is open to all female-identifying (cis, trans) and non-binary students with the ability to travel to the US2, pursuing a degree and considering a future in the games industry. Students will be offered an internship of up to six months in duration within King’s Development, Design, Art or Data Science teams.

The scholarship includes a complimentary All Access pass to attend the 2020 Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, and an internship in one of King’s game studios in Stockholm, Barcelona, London, Malmö or Berlin.

This initiative aims at encouraging more womxn1 into the games industry, which has long suffered a gender imbalance, and aspires to provide more womxn1 with the opportunity to grow their network, exchange ideas and ease the transition from student life to work life.

This programme, which aims to identify new games talent to address the historic gender imbalance in the industry, launched in 2014, and was expanded in 2018 to include the internship at King. Twenty aspiring games industry professionals have now joined, completed or are undertaking their internships, 13 of whom have already continued into full  time roles within the company.

Eight of 2019’s fifteen participants have already converted to full-time roles, with more still  to complete their internships. Those who joined the company full time this year are now  working in Stockholm, London, Barcelona and Berlin in Art, Level Design and Graphic Design.

Angehlica Wallin-Halling, a 2019 GDC scholar who converted to a full-time role as a Level Designer in the Stockholm studio said:

“Winning the GDC scholarship and going on this trip gave me learnings, networking and inspiration to last for years! I strongly recommend  anyone who is eligible to apply and be prepared to get as much as you can out of this amazing opportunity.”.

Humam Sakhnini, President of King said, “We all know that we have a problem with gender balance in the games industry. This is long-standing and deep rooted, and the only way to correct it is to act across the workforce at every level. At King we have initiatives  responding to this challenge from school age through to potential leadership, and our GDC Scholarship programme is a unique part of our effort to identify fantastic young female and non-binary talent and expose them to the industry’s largest event at this formative stage.”.

GDC is the world’s largest and longest-running game industry event, featuring over 750  lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of  game making topics. It will take place between March 16 and March 20, 2020, at the  Moscone Center in San Francisco. Attending GDC as King’s guests at the very start of their career gives scholars a unique opportunity to find out more about the games industry and consider the role they might like to do within it.

To learn more about what the application requires and to apply, click here.

1 female-identifying (cis, trans) and non-binary

2 Applicants should be a be eligible for the ESTA programme.

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