info-greyThe business development, community outreach, and applied R&D arm of the Computer Game Design Program at Mason, the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) was founded in March of 2014 on the Mason Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County.

Nolan Bushnell
Game Pioneer in Residence
Legendary Founder of both Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters chain.

Recent News

Residency Applications Now Open

If you have a newly formed startup company targeted toward the game technology or simulation markets, submit your 2017 Residence Application. Application dead line is August 1, 2017!

Application Information

Congratulations to the winners the 2nd Annual Mobile Game Competition!

This year, we had four outstanding finalists from among the applicants in our mobile game competition. The finalists pitched their ideas to a panel of academic and industry professionals in order to claim the first and second prize of paid development teams to help them realize their dream game come to life at the VSGI. A big shout out to all that participated as part of the program and our winners and we look forward to next year’s crop of contestants!

info-redEvery year, the VSGI partners with government agencies, and for-profit and nonprofit companies to develop innovative and cutting edge applied research projects. Areas of expertise include MedSim, VR/AR diagnostic and training solutions, mobile and wearable game technologies, EdTech Game platform development, and Cyber-Game education.

VSGI Mission

To support Mason’s Entrepreneurial and Innovation goals by cultivating and supporting Mason-founded startups, rapid prototype development, high-value knowledge job creation, and regional economic development through serious game technology discovery to improve the human condition.

VSGI Schedule of Upcoming Events

How to Build Your Career in Game Design Panel

How to Build Your Career in Game Design Panel
Tuesday, February 7, 6:00 – 7:15 pm, Center for the Arts, Grand Tier 111 – Connect with employers from the game design industry offering job search tips. Employer participants: Bethesda Softworks, Big Huge Games, Firaxis Games, Ubisoft Toronto


The Mason Game & Technology Academy is a part of the Computer Game Design Program at Mason and the Virginia Serious Game Institute (SGI). Community classes and summer programs are run through George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy – the community arts division of GMU.