New York City Mayor Eric Adams is on to the next area that he wants the city to take part in: Gaming.

With a $2 million investment from the City University of New York (CUNY), he has announced that the City College of New York (CCNY) will now offer the city’s first-ever bachelor’s degree in digital game design for a public institution, reports.

Diversity In Gaming

Starting in the fall under the partnership of CUNY and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the college students will have an accessible and affordable way to tap into the booming industry. Adams aims to diversify the field with the help of the new collaborative effort.

“New York City has always been the center of innovation, but it is time that New York City level up and finally became a leader in the digital gaming space,” he said, according to the outlet. “It’s time to take advantage of all the talent we have here in New York by investing in the future of gaming. This $2 million investment will help us reach more than 1,000 students over the next three years and diversify the gaming field. This is how we get stuff done for our young people and for New York City!”

A Statement From The Deputy Mayor Of Economic And Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer:

“With these announcements today, this administration affirms its commitment to New York City’s digital games industry, a sector that plays a major role in our city’s economy, supporting 7,600 jobs, $762 million in wages, and $2 billion in economic output. Our new industry council will inform future economic development and inclusion efforts, while our partnership with CUNY will provide New York City students a strategic pathway to careers in these fields. This is a milestone moment in this city’s mission to drive inclusive growth and write the next chapter for New York City’s tech sector.”

Crypto Hub

Ahead of looking to transform NYC into a global hub for digital games, Adams had his eyes on transforming the city into a crypto hub.

As previously reported by AfroTech, his vision turned into a reality after the launch of the city’s own digital coin — NYCCoin. The goal for it was to follow in the footsteps of Miami’s success.