State unveils video game institute
A state-backed institute to spur the growth of Massachusetts’ video game industry will be launched in January at Becker College in Worcester.
Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and the college’s president, Robert Johnson, outlined the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute yesterday. “This is about formalizing and making sure that cross-pollination between academia and the private sector takes place on a day-to-day basis,’’ Murray said.
The state’s John Adams Innovation Institute will provide $15,000 in seed money. Becker plans to invest up to $200,000 for start-up costs and up to $350,000 per year for operating costs.
The institute will feature a lab where academic researchers and game developers can test the latest innovations. It will also establish a “reverse sabbatical’’ program, allowing people employed in gaming companies to work at the institute.
The state is home to dozens of video game companies and a host of colleges with video game training programs, including Becker, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.