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DigiPen Academy is hosting an Online Masterclass from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, to help raise money for Hopelink in an effort to help feed needy families at a time where need is on the rise due to COVID-19.

Art Direction for 100 MPH with Matt Collins, the CG supervisor at Turn 10 Studios, will be sharing how Forza Motorsports sets the realistic scenes in its racing simulations. This online session is $5, or any donation you’d like to make to benefit Hopelink.

The class will appeal to gamers of all ages, as Collins talks about the pre-production process the team at Turn 10 Studios goes through to create natural-looking environments that players race through. Turn 10 Studios is the creator of the Forza franchise, and the developer of the Forza Motorsport series of games. A division of Microsoft Game Studios, Turn 10 is located in Redmond.

Collins was set to speak at a DigiPen event that was canceled due to COVID-19, so they decided to create this online event for the public while at the same time helping the Eastside nonprofit.

“This masterclass was initially intended as an online alternative for our STEM Experience event participants who we canceled the event on. Of course, in making it online, this opened the possibility of us opening it up to the general public (mainly aged 11 and older) who might like to learn something about the game industry,” said Raymond Yan, Senior VP at DigiPen. “I had originally thought to offer it for free but when we learned about the many business closures, I thought it might be nice to charge a nominal fee and donate all proceeds to Hopelink as a small way to help those in need during these uncertain times. I am looking to schedule other online masterclasses like this one and am currently just waiting to hear back from industry folks I know.”

To attend, you must register online.