With Ubisoft Blue Byte as a partner, the scholarship enables a student to train at the Cologne Game Lab at TH Köln for the first time.

Berlin, Düsseldorf, Cologne 28 November 2018 – The charitable non-profit organisation Gaming Aid e.V. is awarding a Gaming Aid Scholarship (GASt) for the first time, enabling a student to study at the Cologne Game Lab at TH Köln. Gaming Aid e.V. was able to gain a high-calibre partner in Ubisoft Blue Byte. The publisher’s Campus Initiative supports the student’s education financially as part of the scholarship.

Student Alba Pläp-Golfe began her studies in Digital Games with a specialisation in Game Arts in the 2018/19 winter semester. Ubisoft Blue Byte accompanies her during her training – so she has the opportunity to do her internship there or take part in workshops.

“This is the first time that we have been able to help with our new GASt scholarship – and with Alba, we have actually gained a very convincing scholarship holder who we are happy to help realise her dream,” says Wolfgang Walk, Advisory Board member of Gaming Aid e.V. and coordinator of the project. “Naturally, having a top-tier partner like Ubisoft Blue Byte with us is incredibly exciting. We’re eager to keep collaborating with the German games industry to help support talented individuals in need moving forward.”

“With our Campus Initiative, we want to promote young talent and support games-related degree programmes at universities and colleges,” says Karsten Lehmann, Public Affairs Manager at Ubisoft Blue Byte and the person responsible for the Campus Initiative. “The Gaming Aid scholarship is very important to us and we are delighted to be able to support the scholarship holder on her path into the industry.”

“We are of course delighted that Gaming Aid e.V. has launched a scholarship specifically for games students and is sponsoring a Cologne Game Lab student in the first round. We think it’s particularly great that Gaming Aid and Ubisoft Blue Byte are not only supporting the student financially, but also offering her insights into the industry and mentoring from professionals right from the start,” says Dr André Czauderna, Programme Manager of the Cologne Game Lab.

The GASt was conceived in 2017 by Gaming Aid together with members of the industry. A ten-member scholarship committee decides in the selection process which applicants qualify for funding. As part of the scholarship, Gaming Aid e.V. has been supporting needy and talented students of game design and related game-related degree programmes since the 2018/19 winter semester. The amount of the respective scholarship is flexibly adapted to the financial needs of the student. The application period for studies from the 2019/20 winter semester begins on 1 January 2019 and ends on 31 March of that year.

About Gaming Aid e.V.

Gaming Aid has set itself the task of doing good as a charitable non-profit organisation within the games industry in an altruistic and unbureaucratic manner. Together with gamers and product manufacturers, Gaming Aid aims to provide those in need with rapid assistance in the form of financial or material support. At the same time, the association sees itself as a spearhead for social commitment in the games industry. Further information about the association or membership is available at www.gaming-aid.de.

About Ubisoft Blue Byte:

Ubisoft Blue Byte is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, making it one of the pioneers of German game development. At two locations in Düsseldorf and Mainz, Blue Byte develops high-quality strategy games such as “The Settlers” and “Anno”, which are played by millions of players all over the world. Both studios are also successful as co-developers of major Ubisoft brands, such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, For Honor and Skull & Bones, on which the teams work closely with other Ubisoft studios. The international Ubisoft Blue Byte team of over 300 developers is dedicated to creating unforgettable and inspiring gaming experiences, always supporting and utilising the latest technologies and platforms. Ubisoft Berlin, which opened in early 2018, is part of the Ubisoft Blue Byte Studio network. More about Ubisoft Blue Byte at www.bluebyte.com.