New Brooklyn facility aimed at the gaming industry
by Andrew Pavia
Apr 03, 2013 | 872 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A rendering of the new MAGNET facility set to open in the fall of 2013.
A rendering of the new MAGNET facility set to open in the fall of 2013.
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Brooklyn will see an uptick in gamers this fall, when New York University launches its Media and Games Network (MAGNET) facility in MetroTech Center.

The facility will be dedicated to teaching and research programs in the gaming field, including include creative art, digital media design, computer science and engineering.

It will take over nearly 40,000-square-feet on the 8th floor of 2 MetroTech Center and include offices, studios, and teaching labs.

Students from the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level of NYU and NYU’s Polythecnic Institute will all be able to use the new facility.

Katherine Isbister, NYU associate professor in the school of arts and gaming, said that the program simply made sense for Brooklyn.

“Brooklyn has a popular gaming community, and the college wanted to put it all together,” she said.

Isbister said that the growing popularity of the gaming majors in NYU is forcing the expansion of the five-year-old program.

In the past, the program has brought high school students in to learn from college students, and some NYU students have interned with local start-ups.

“Brooklyn is good location for outreach work,” said Isbister. “Brooklyn has a vibrant arts and independent gaming community that already participates in many events at the NYU-Poly Gaming Innovation Lab.

“Having MAGNET in place will bring a much larger and diverse group of students and faculty into the mix, creating even more cross-traffic between Brooklyn indies, artists and start-ups and the NYU community,” Isbister added.

With the new facility in place, NYU administrators hope it will allow the faculty and students working in similar fields to share resources and create connections and help the gaming program continue to grow.

R. Luke DuBois is assistant professor of Integrated Digital Media and director of the school's Experimental Media Center in Brooklyn.

“The opportunity to collaborate in a single facility with colleagues from so many other NYU programs that have invested in media research, gaming and education is tremendous,” he said. “Out research is explicitly interdisciplinary and outward-facing, and we look forward to having such a great, state-of-the-art facility right in Downtown Brooklyn.”

“The creation of MAGNET, which grew organically out of the interlocking and vibrant research collaborations that had already brought together faculty in these programs, will only enhance NYU’s profile in this cutting-edge sector of technology,” said NYU Provost David McLaughlin.

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