Thursday, November 6, 2008

Film act could launch games

By Lynn Stevens | Business Review Western Michigan | November 06, 2008

Michigan's film incentives offer enticements to more than moviemakers -- they include identical rebates for video game development studios. That could profit Michigan more.

"It's a huge opportunity for the state," said Tony Wenson, COO of the Michigan Film Office. "It is what will, I think, create more of an impact in the long term than film credits will."

Among the reasons is that video game studios operate differently from film production companies. They're permanent businesses. They hire full-time people who work in offices, buy houses and send their children to school where they live, he explained.

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