We had an exhausting but exhilarating weekend. This one will be a lot more personal, from my own point of view.
IGDA-Austin will have a booth at the SXSW Gaming Expo on March 13, 14 and 15 at the Palmer Events Center, in Stand 350. We’ll be showcasing game projects, presenting live demos by local game developers and handing out company-branded collectibles. But we also want your help with something else.
It’s not often that IGDA-Austin takes a particular political viewpoint, but as a chapter, we will always be in favor of anything that keeps video game production viable in Austin, and Texas in general. (You all did know that Texas is only behind California for the number of active game development projects, with a 16 percent growth from 2009 to 2012, right? Right.)
This is why the chapter supports the continued funding of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP) as administered by the Texas Film Commission, from the Office of the Governor.
As the 2015 Legislative session starts up, many well-meaning elected officials may be looking for ways to reduce state spending. The message to be conveyed here, with respect to the sentiment and agendas at work, is simple: Hands off TMIIIP, because this is a program that secures jobs in Texas and thus far has made 95 cents for every dime spent.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s office has sent support for the program to the Senate Finance Committee as of early February 2015, but we don’t want to take that for granted. We’re asking all Texas residents to look up your local representative and let them know that this program matters and should be expanded before it’s cut.
If you need more, read on.