On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, New England Games SIG hosted a panel discussion of new legislation proposed by Representative Vincent A. Pedone to provide tax incentives to video game companies. The event was held at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge.
The panel, pictured below, gave an informed presentation about the benefits of tax incentives for this sector. The panel, which included Rep. Pedone and industry leaders, described the challenges and opportunities for Massachusetts in attracting new video game companies. Notably, many of the panelists mentioned that Massachusetts already faces tough competition from Canada and the 17 other states that already offer incentives.
Michael Cavaretta of Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton, PC, served as the MC for the evening’s events. The panel was moderated by Rodney Brown, News Editor of Mass High Tech. The panelists included Rep. Pedone, Eric Nakajima, Dr. Ian Davis, President of Rockstar New England, Ken Surdan, VP of Operations for Turbine, and Mike Tinney, President of CCP North America.