Dipset West CEO, Omar "Iceman" Sharif recently closed a $200,000 deal to develop "Talkers and Doers," a new computer game franchise about entrepreneurship for at-risk teens and young adults that will feature fun and relevant gameplay and integrate real-world mentors, opportunities and resources. Iceman & the Dipset West representatives visited New York earlier this month and paid homage to the original supporters, upcoming Dips [during the Dipset Reunion], showed love to the Dipset West and finished up his East Coast project for an upcoming single "Longevity" from his solo album "Armageddon" which will release at the end of this year.
The team behind Dipset West CEO Iceman's new video game project, "Talkers and Doers" includes a unique group of successful social entrepreneurs who have engaged and empowered millions of kids. Key team members include Alan Gershenfeld, former Senior Vice President of Activision Studios and current Chairman of Games For Change; media industry veteran Bill Stephney, who has run the music firms Def Jam Recordings and Stepsun Music and has also served on the boards of the National Urban League and the Apollo Theater Foundation; David Lowenstein, formerly Managing Director of the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council and Manager of the National Urban League’s Technology Programs and Policy Department and currently a fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop; as well as leading music, game and technology executives.
“Every 26 seconds, an American high school student drops out of school,” said Alan Gershenfeld, “It is extremely difficult for these kids to find meaningful employment. Many become disenfranchised and disengaged. As a result, many young people talk about launching a business, but very few actually do. Talkers and Doers seeks to help close the gap between the desire to launch a business and the ability to do so. We want to convert talkers to doers.” "I'm working with many at-risk teens who need to be able to understand where we are going with our vision for this video game," said Iceman. "We live in a digital era, this game is for the youth...especially underprivileged," he continued.
The franchise will feature a series of social networking games where players overcome the common challenges of becoming an entrepreneur with help from their friends. Each game will unlock tools and missions where players can make real money and connect with real-world mentors and community-based resources.