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CONTACT: Dan Hewitt – dhewitt@theESA.com or 202.223.2400
Austin, Texas – March 10, 2014 – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today presented Gov. Rick Perry with an award for his unstinting efforts to create jobs in, and foster the economic growth of, the computer and video game industry in Texas.
Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA, the trade association representing U.S. computer and video game publishers, praised the governor for his longstanding support for the industry during an award ceremony at the historic Governor’s Mansion. The event included members of the thriving entertainment software community, other 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’s leadership in this area includes his work with the Texas Legislature to implement and enhance the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, which created a welcoming environment for computer and video game companies and is generating strong results. For example, the Texas Film Commission reports that video game companies 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.
ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global anti-piracy program, owning and operating E3, and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com or follow us on Twitter: @RichatESA.