Connecticut Developer Urges Govt. to Save Game Biz Tax Break

Government financial incentives for video game production are an increasingly frequent topic of conversation among state officials who are seeking to attract and retain employers.

In Connecticut, however, a successful game developer worries that belt-tightening legislators may do away with a tax break already in place.

Brandon Curiel (left), president of mobile game developer Venan, told local TV station WFSB-3 that losing the tax break will prevent his firm from expanding:

I think every business owner sees what’s going on [with the recession] and thinks, ‘When is this going to ripple through and hit me? So far, it hasn’t.

Everyone recognized how important the tax credit program and how beneficial it is, and how do we get that communicated to the Legislature?

Venan’s game portfolio includes Monopoly for EA Mobile and Ninjatown for Southpeak Interactive. Curiel added that he hopes to move into developing for the Wii.

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