The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (DiGI) has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce. DiGI launched in April of this year with the help of grant money provided by Worcester's Becker College and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The large chunk of grant money will be used to help the game industry with such things as marketing, business development, and hiring employees in the state.
"What we want to make sure, when the next wave builds, that people see that there’s an infrastructure already in place in Worcester," Congressman Jim McGovern told the Boston Globe. "We want this to be the video gaming corridor of not only the Northeast, but the country."
On April 26 of this year, Lt. Governor Murray joined Becker College President Robert E. Johnson to announce the creation of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (DiGI). DiGI's mission statement is to serve as a statewide institute representing a "strong partnership" between the video game industry, academia and the public sector to foster job growth and economic development.