As GamePolitics reported yesterday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) met with industry giant Electronic Arts at E3.
Perry’s chat with EA CEO John Riccitiello apparently took place after his poorly-attended keynote speech and an ESA-escorted tour (left) of the expo’s tiny show floor.
As reported by the Austin American-Statesman, Perry described his visit with Riccitiello:
We’re talking to these guys and saying, ‘What’s it take to get you to move to Austin, Texas?’ You tell us what we need to do to be competitive, then our guys will sit down and look at it … and see what we can do… The mentality is, ‘We love California, it’s a great state and a hip state, but Jiminy Cricket, it’s costing us a lot of money to stay out here.’
Meanwhile, Empower Texans, an Austin-based nonprofit group which focuses on fiscal responsibility, has criticized Perry’s trip, telling its Texas-based readers that they are being "joysticked":
The governor and Legislature are taking aim at your wallet with a little video game waste. Unfortunately, this isn’t the virtual variety but the real-world deal. Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants lawmakers to give video game manufacturers boatloads of money to get them to design their games in the Lone Star State. This is corporate welfare at its worst. This is a $9-plus billion industry that is referred to as "recession-proof." They don’t need your money.
Texas taxpayers already subsidize the industry to the tune of $250,000 per game made here… This is one barrel taxpayers should definitely jump.