Independent Game Development Day in Massachusetts
“Independent Game Developers are a key part of the state’s video-game cluster and our creative economy in Massachusetts. Not only are they pushing the limits of game design, but these small businesses owners are supporting community growth by creating jobs and expanding opportunities within the cluster. On September 22nd we are thrilled to celebrate the independent game development community and highlight the first ever Festival of Indie Games in Massachusetts.” say Helena Fruscio, the Creative Economy Industry Director for the Executive Office of Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The following is the full text of the proclamation by Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Massachusetts is a world leader in technological innovation and home to one of the largest and most diverse clusters of video game companies and talent in the country, with over 90 companies and over 1,500 direct employees (not including retail) now in the Massachusetts game industry; and
Whereas in 1961, MIT students Martin Graetz, Steve Russell and Wayne Wittanen invented the game Spacewar!, one of the first video games ever created; and since then the game industry has continued to flourish and proven to have the wherewithal to take us into the future; and
Whereas Throughout the Bay State, innovative independent game developers are pushing the limits in game design while supporting one another through a vast community within the State; and
Whereas On this day, the first-ever Festival of Indie Games takes place to celebrate independent game development, supporting and showcasing the efforts of local developers and creating an intersection between community, academic and independent interests in game play,
Now, therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 22nd, 2012 to be
Independent Game Development Day
And urge all citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this the ninth day of August, in the year two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth. By His Excellency DevaL L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth .