ESA Honors Texas Governor Rick Perry for Supporting The Video Games Industry

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today presented Texas Gov. Rick Perry (and former Republican presidential candidate) an award for his efforts to create jobs, provide tax incentives and generally foster the growth of the computer and video game industry in the state. ESA president and CEO Michael D. Gallagher presented the award to the Governor and praised him for his "longstanding support for the industry" during an award ceremony at the historic Governor’s Mansion. The event included members from the video games industry, business leaders, and state officials.

“Governor Perry has been a true champion for Texas and for our industry,” said Mr. Gallagher. “At E3 in 2008, he made a personal pitch for computer and video game companies to come to Texas. Since then, he has dedicated his passion and energy to building the state’s global reputation as an innovation incubator and economic powerhouse, known for its creative community and cutting-edge businesses.”

Gov. Perry worked with the Texas Legislature to implement and later improve the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, which created a business friendly environment for computer and video game companies. The Texas Film Commission says that the video games industry invested $643.5 million in in-state productions between 2006 and 2009. The industry also created more full time jobs than any other moving image entertainment sector from 2007 to 2009, employing nearly 14,000 direct and indirect workers in 2009 and adding more than $490 million to the state economy.


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Re: ESA Honors Texas Governor Rick Perry for Supporting The ...

What a load of bullshit! Politicians giving hand jobs to industry doesn't create jobs, that's a lie. Jobs are created when the payroll budget is increased, but that means the CEO and investors have to take a smaller profit. That's not going to happen, so these "incentives" just let employers hire more people, but not at the expense of their own profits. There's too much of this "just trust us, we'll create the jobs if you give us tax kickbacks" and when they get them, they do nothing. It's time to turn the tables. Hire more people and keep them on for reasonable amount of time and then you can have your government handouts.

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