Schell Games is having quite the moment.
In honor of the company’s 20th anniversary and its general success in the gaming and VR industries, Schell has announced that it is giving away $20,000 in donations to 10 nonprofit organizations that serve the games industry or the city of Pittsburgh.
Jesse Schell founded Schell Games in Pittsburgh in 2002. The company has since grown to employ over 135 individuals and has created hundreds of amazing games. Some of their clients include companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, The Walt Disney Company, The National Institute of Health, and Yale. Other prestigious organizations that have been clients of Schell Games include Fred Rogers Productions, The US Department of Education, and the Smithsonian Institution.
The company’s original IP is best known for its I Expect You To Die franchise. Other titles from the company include the virtual reality sword fighting game Until You Fall and the interactive molecular chemistry set Happy Atoms.
“20 years ago, Schell Games started with 5 employees in a tiny office on Sidney Street, and now we’ve grown to a team of more than 135 insanely talented individuals creating experiences for some of the most well-known organizations in the world”, said Jesse Schell.
“There’s a lot to be proud of and even more to be grateful for. In the years to come it is my hope that Schell Games continues to delight and entertain with the experiences we create, keeps building a company culture that helps people to thrive, and always stays true to our mission: creating experiences we’re proud of, with people we like, to make the world a better place”.
Over the years the company has been recognized for its achievements by various organizations. They have won or been nominated for over 200 awards. Some of these include the Game Awards, the Games Industry.biz US Best Places to Work Awards, the D.I.C.E. Awards, and the International Game Developers Association’s (IGDA) Global Industry Game Awards. The company additionally received multiple awards from the Pittsburgh Business Times, EdTech Awards, and the VR Awards.
Schell Games is taking the path of many organizations that feel they have a responsibility to be a part of the community by donating to various local organizations. In this case, they are looking at organizations that are serving the gaming industry in the Pittsburgh, PA area.
Some of these organizations include Beta Builders, BOOM Concepts, Citizen Science Lab, Stem Coding Lab, and Sustainable PGH. Gaming industry recipients include AbleGamers, Child’s Play, Games For Change, I Need Diverse Games, and Take This.
In an official press release, Jake Witherrell, COO of Schell Games, said, “We are thrilled to reach this milestone of 20 years of innovation, service, and contributing to the growth of the games industry. We couldn’t have reached this point without the support of the local community, clients putting their trust in us, and the games community embracing the experiences we create”.
“Though there are many ways to celebrate, we wanted to take a moment to give back to several organizations doing important work in the games industry and in the city we call home”.
For more information about Schell Games, visit the website or view the press kit.
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