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.