Texas Film Commission To Boost Gaming Incentives

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Film Commission has decided to boost incentives to attract more video game jobs.

Commission director Evan Fitzmaurice says the change, effective Aug. 28, will bring incentives for the gaming industry to the same level offered for film and television projects.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday that video game companies can apply for reimbursement of up to 15 percent of eligible in-state spending paid to Texas residents. The previous reimbursement rate was 5 percent.

California-based Electronic Arts last month announced plans to expand its EA Sports division and add 300 jobs in the Austin area, bringing its total to about 750 positions. EA Sports developed games including “Madden NFL” and “FIFA Soccer.”

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  1. Production Guy says:

    “The Texas Film Commission has decided to boost incentives to attract more video game jobs.”

    What? Where have they been on this for the last several years? Video gaming has been surging since the mid 2000s. They should have gotten behind these incentives years ago. I guess that explains why they’re slow on filming incentives as well. No wonder Janis Burkland is pulling her hair out dealing with those state clowns. Typical government dolts.

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