Guv Declares “Entertainment Software Day” in Texas

Gov. Rick Perry (R, at left) has proclaimed today "Entertainment Software Day" in Texas.

The declaration is apparently the first of its kind in the United States.

In addition, both chambers of the Texas legislature have passed resolutions recognizing the video game industry’s contributions to the Lone Star State. Those resolutions were sponsored by State Sen. Bob Duell (R) and Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D), both of whom have worked on financial incentives for Texas game developers in the past.

The news comes by way of a press release from the Entertainment Software Association. The trade group which represents U.S. video game publishers enjoys a strong connection to Gov. Perry. GamePolitics readers will recall that the Guv delivered the keynote speech at E3 2008.

ESA CEO Mike Gallagher commented on the Texas-sized salute to the game biz:

The support of Governor Perry, Senator Duell and Representative Dukes for the entertainment software industry in Texas is an endorsement of the artistic and economic contributions our industry has made to the state.

These lawmakers are helping grow our industry as we work to create new jobs for Texans; boost the state’s economy; and help discover new ways computer and video games can improve the ways Americans live, work and play.

According to the ESA, Texas’s game industry adds $395 million to the state’s economy.

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    Cerabret100 says:

    Know of Id (really, who Doesn’t), know the fps (HL2 the best ever…now give us EP3 valve), never heard of Mesquite Texes in my life.


    Sorry but i tend to not pay attention to the location of developers, but the work they produce.

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    DarkSaber says:

    Heard of what? id sofware, The FPS genre, or Mesquite? 


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    Wrong article LOL

    With the game indutry passing the film indutry in money spent they better, and also ignore M rated games….. not becuse most are bad but becuse they tend to spend more 😛


    Gore,Violence,Sexauilty,Fear,Emotion these are but modes of transportation of story and thought, to take them from society you create a society of children and nannys, since adults are not required.

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    Cerabret100 says:

    They’re really going all out on this aren’t they?  i didn’t even realize texas had so much business from the games sector, much less name any big developers.

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    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Ooh, sweet! Another Gaming Holiday, just like Jack Thompson Day, except we don’t burn a guy!


    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

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    JC says:

    The headline should be sufficient, I guess you can’t grasp that aspect.

    I’ll reiterate for you: A politician proclaims today as "Entertainment Software Day". Probably because he is appreciative of the gaming industry for bringing in nearly $400 million to the state’s economy.

    If you still need help then I think your comprehension is shot.

    I myself can be joyful over such news, but I thought there was some looming over ignoring tax incentives if they had M rated content or higher being developed in Tx.

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