Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Finishes First
March 2, 2011

Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Finishes First

Concord, Mass. - Dassault Systèmes announced the winner of 3DVIA’s 2011 Web-based, student game development contest, “The Z,” and began recruiting universities for next year’s program.

Matthew McCarthy, Andrew Collins, and Matthew Thompson of Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts’ (CDIA) Team ZPZ won for their third-person shooter, Zombie Park Zoo. Team ZPZ receives $2,000 USD and promotion at the 2011 Game Developer’s Conference.

The Z is a game development curriculum in the form of a contest. Students compete to build and publish the best one-level 3D browser game on the new 3DVIA Studio engine for cash, prizes, and promotion. This structure gives students the technical skills typical of a class setting, while teaching best practices for building an audience through marketing and promotion.

“The Z competition was one of the best things I’ve done in my 3D career,” says Matthew McCarthy, team lead, Team ZPZ. “From beginning design work to final promotion, The Z taught every aspect of building and publishing successful casual games. I’m thrilled with what we accomplished in three and a half months and would recommend The Z to any student looking to break into the video game industry.”

“Congratulations to Matthew and the rest of Team ZPZ,” says Emmy Jonassen, game development marketing manager, 3DVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “We were thrilled with students’ response to The Z pilot program and would like to thank everyone who participated. By leveraging the new 3DVIA Studio engine, The Z allowed faculty to teach game design, not code, enhancing CDIA’s 3D animation curriculum while providing real-world experience for students. We are looking forward to continuing to help CDIA, as well as nine other schools, accomplish this next year with the 2012 Z contest.”

3DVIA will be recruiting 10 U.S. academic institution participants for the 2012 Z contest. Each participating institution will receive free game development software, hosting, curriculum materials and support, making The Z the most affordable curriculum imaginable.

To learn more about The Z, visit the contest’s Web site at