"Massachusetts is not only one of the largest digital games clusters in the United States, representing a $2 billion industry and employing approximately 4,000 people across the state, but we are also home to strong academic institutions focused on digital game design and development," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "This presents a real opportunity for MassDiGI to promote collaboration between academia and industry, nurture existing and new talent, and strengthen the industry's growing presence in the Commonwealth. We're excited about the partnerships already underway and the future collaborations this new institute will foster."
-Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, April 26, 2011
The Commonwealth has recently witnessed tremendous energy and enthusiasm in support of the digital games industry. Massachusetts is now ranked 5th largest employer of video game developers in the country. With this momentum and interest across government, industry, and academia, Lt. Governor Murray called upon Becker College to partner with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and develop a plan in support of the growing industry in Massachusetts.
In April 2011, after only a few months of strategically planning and working across sectors, Lt. Governor Murray announced the creation of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI). Today, that institute represents a strong coalition of industry, academia and government, hosted at Becker College, a nationally top ranked video and digital game design program by the Princeton Review.
As Lt. Governor Murray and many stakeholders first envisioned in the fall of 2010, MassDiGI has now become a growing collaboration across government, industry and academia. MassDiGI continues to leverage this partnership for funding opportunities, including the award of a $500,000 Economic Development Administration Grant by the United States Department of Commerce.
MassDiGI is moving forward to help build a pipeline of talented entrepreneurs and those within the industry grow their ideas and stay in Massachusetts to do business. To that end, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is helping to support planning efforts for the implementation of a Reverse Sabbatical and Virtual Production Lab Program by MassDiGI. With a lot of great work developed in less than a year, more information and details will come together over the coming months. For updated information on MassDiGI, visit www.massdigi.org.