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The non-profit organization is “multicultural group is comprised of the finest videogame critics, designers, writers, reporters, bloggers and videographers in New York City.” Their goal is seeing “great benefit in advocating for those less fortunate in our community, everyone from students in the Bronx to older adults who want to learn about and benefit from games and technology.”
This is achieved via prep schools and scholarships for the under-privileged focused around video games. In addition, the group also hosts an award ceremony in January each year.
Speaking on their official website, the group’s founder and board president Harold Goldberg expressed his delight with Fils-Aimé coming aboard.
“I’m pleased to welcome my long-time friend and gaming industry veteran, Reggie Fils-Aimé, to the board of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, where his extensive experience will strengthen our board of directors. Reggie’s history of leadership and industry disruption will be a tremendous asset to the organization as we continue to execute on our mission of giving back to our underserved communities.”
Reggie also offered his thoughts, and how joining the group felt natural since he grew up in the Bronx.
“Drawing from my years of experience in the gaming industry for having a big picture perspective, and from my roots as a kid from the Bronx, joining the New York Videogame Critics Circle board of directors feels like a natural fit. I have an admiration for the work that the NYVGCC has accomplished in giving back to communities since its inception and can’t wait to jump in and contribute to the success of the organization.”
The board also consists of Ted Houghton (board chair), Catharine Soros (board secretary) and Marc Mayer (board treasurer).
In other news, Fils-Aimé will also be teaching at Cornell University.