USC Games Launches New Endowment To Support, Black, Indigenous Students

USC Games, the program at the University of Southern California focused on teaching students how to create videogames and to enter the videogame industry, says it has launched a new endowment, the Gerald A. Lawson Endowment Fund, which will support Back and Indigenous students in game design and engineering. Lawson was the developer of the interchangeable ROM cartridges used in the Fairchild Channel F, one of the early home gaming consoles that pre-dated the Atari 2600, and a member of the "Homebrew Computer Club". According to USC, the new endowment is being supported by game company Take-Two Interactive. Lawson died in 2011. According to USC, Lawson became one of the few Black engineers in the gaming industry during its inception, when he also developed the arcade game Demolition Derby.