Georgia Guv Okays Tax Breaks for Game Developers

May 13, 2008 -
As expected, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into a law a bill providing financial incentives to movies, TV shows, commercials, music videos and game developers.

As reported by the Duluth Weekly, Bill Thompson, deputy commissioner of the Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, said:
The 2008 Entertainment Industry Investment Act... will return Georgia to its rightful place of prominence in all major entertainment industry segments.

We expect a significant increase in film and television projects, and Georgia will be the most competitive state in the country for video game productions. Georgia is one of the few states whose entertainment incentives support the video game industry.

GP: Cool GTA parody graphic, no? We found this several years ago accompanying a political commentary slamming Gov. Perdue, who is depicted on the right side of the box. Since we can't take any credit for creating this neat-o graphic in the first place, we won't be taking the heat for misspelling "Georgia" either....

Comments

Go A Bradford.

For those interested in the networking side of things the guy behind this is named Asante Bradford (sp?). He's been working on this for a few years now. Good to see things pick up...

Lol, nice save on the misspelling Dennis. And I'm guessing we can chalk this up as a win for the game industry.

@Altair

You guess? Dude, I f***ing KNOW it's a win for the industry. Bet you five JT won't be happy about the parody. Parody once harassed JT for bashing his (Parody's) good friend Scott. Can't wait to see how JT reacts to Parody's latest attack.

It should be noted that Mr. Perdue is a Republican.

Go Georia!!! ...huh?

@ Shadow:

Sorry, i forgot the [understatement][/understatement] tags. :rolleyes:

Nice spelling error...NOT.

"Georgia is one of the few states whose entertainment incentives support the video game industry."

Didn't know that. =/

I thought they were doing something similar in Michigan.. but now I'm assuming it's restricted to Film and TV.

Bill Thompson...

Jack's good twin?

It's nice to know my home state is actually supporting the industry. I know it's previously worked with the ESRB to promote game ratings and maybe a few other things.

@ Twin-Skies

The name Thompson seems to be really really common. These days it's as bad a Smith.

Cue press release from the PTC or NIMF about how this guy took a "stand against families".

Man i can only hope more companies move to Georgia, so i can get the fuck out of LA. hate LA so much.

Gotta love the Grand Theft Georgia art...

@Altair

No worries. I was joking anyway.

Also cue the United Kingdom adding the state of Georgia to their list of people poaching their game companies with these scurrilous benefits. Call the UN, there must be some way they can prove this is illegal! How dare we provide incentives for creative mediums to move away from the overseas oppressors! (Except Keith Vaz, he's probably more than happy to see them go.)

Seriously, I flew over Georgia one time, it looked pretty nice from 35,000 feet.
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Fangamer

Georgia's Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office works hard to be sure to get the game industry rolling in the state. Living in the state of Georgia, I've been excited about this for quite a while as I frequently hear all kinds of updates. It is a smart investment for any company to move to Georgia. Not only because of the tax breaks but because of the Georgia colleges with game development paths.

Neat.

as Winston Zeddmore once said,

"I love this town!"
 
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