Oregon works to amp up video game industry

Oregon works to amp up video game industry

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Posted on September 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 2:09 PM

PORTLAND -- Oregon has already proven it’s a great place to make movies and TV shows. Now a new program is using tax incentives to kick start the state’s video game business.

Members of the Oregon Media Production Association said the formula that worked to welcome filmmakers should work the same way for game designers.

“We grew an industry that was grossing about $10 million a year ten years ago for Oregon to an industry that is grossing over $130 million a year,” said OMPA spokesman Tom McFadden. “We want to add video games to that growth curve."

Oregon now offers tax rebates to companies like Portland's Liquid Development, which has worked on "Halo 4," "Rock Band" and the new Batman game, "Arkham Origins," which is coming out in a few weeks.

The new tax credits could only be used to hire local talent, like Liquid Development’s Stefan Henry-Biskup, who went to school in Portland and was then able to get a job right down the road.

“Portland is one of the last places on the West Coast that doesn’t have the scale of production industry like Seattle or Los Angeles or San Francisco,” Henry said. “But there’s no reason it couldn’t.”

More: Stefan Henry-Biskup and Hive-FX’s Jim Clark talk tax incentives

Geekwire: Yo, video game developers: You can now receive tax credits in Oregon 

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