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Black videogame pioneer Jerry Lawson has a USC Games endowment named after him

Black videogame pioneer Jerry Lawson has a USC Games endowment named after him

Jerry Lawson was an engineer and early videogame pioneer who led the team that developed the Fairchild Channel F, a groundbreaking game console that was the first to make use of swappable ROM cartridges. It was ultimately eclipsed by the runaway success of the Atari VCS, which came out a year later, and Lawson never achieved the fame of other major industry innovators. But his name will adorn a new endowment for Black and Indigenous students established the University of Southern California’s by USC Games program, with initial support from publisher Take-Two Interactive.

“Take-Two is honored to be the first industry partner in USC Games’ Gerald A. Lawson Endowment Fund,” Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said. “We are confident that our shared vision for enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our industry will be realized through the establishment of this fund and helping to enable students from Black and Indigenous communities to pursue their passions and creative futures in USC’s renowned program.”

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