Michigan Guv Gives Stardock a Shout-out in State of State

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm gave PC game publisher Stardock (Sins of a Solar Empire) some Guv-love in her State of the State address yesterday.

Speaking at the State Capitol in Lansing, Granholm acknowledged that Michigan has been hit hard by the economic downturn. But the Guv looked for a silver lining in the film and video game sectors:

There’s real pain in the auto world. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost… Those losses have fueled our determination to bring new industries to Michigan…


Since enacting the nation’s most aggressive film [and video game production] incentives in April, we have seen more than 70 film and TV projects slated for production in Michigan, bringing some $430 million in economic activity here…


Tonight, I’m pleased to make three major announcements… Stardock Systems, a digital gaming manufacturer, will build its production facilities in Plymouth…


The fact that these jobs exist in Michigan today is no accident. These jobs are here because we put a strategy in place to bring them here – often by beating out other states and other countries to get them…

As GamePolitics reported in 2008, Gov. Granholm’s administration aggressively pursued a financial incentive package for film, TV and video game production.

Stardock is known as a gamer-friendly publisher which eschews DRM on its PC titles. The company and its CEO, Brad Wardell, garnered major attention at PAX 2008 with the release of the controversial Gamers’ Bill of Rights.

GP: Big thanks to reader Chris Bray for the heads-up!

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    DarkSaber says:

    Have you actually READ this story? All the way through?


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

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    Nekowolf says:

    No. A lot of people say that, but no. It’s been going on for a long time now; our last governer Engler, was a real gear in this. It was under him that our surplus went down into a debt.

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    Spartan says:

    I’m glad to see SD get some props for all its efforts!


    "The most difficult pain a man can suffer is to have knowledge of much and power over little" – Herodotus

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