RI governor: Officials meeting with Curt Schilling’s video game company

PROVIDENCE ---- Governor Lincoln Chafee says he and Rhode Island economic development officials have been meeting with the video game company owned by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling about its finances.

Providence-based 38 Studios moved here from Massachusetts in 2010 after Rhode Island offered a $75 million loan guarantee the state said would help bring hundreds of jobs and millions in tax revenue.

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Chafee tolds WJAR-TV on Monday “We’re always working to keep Rhode Island companies solvent, and that’s what we’re doing with 38 Studios.”

The governor said the state is working with 38 Studios “on different issues.”

The station said 38 Studios didn’t return its calls.

Chafee had criticized the loan guarantee during his campaign for governor.

(38 Studios launched its first game in February --- “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.”

R.A. Salvatore, a best-selling novelist from Leominster, created the storyline for the game, which has a suggested retail price of $59.95.

Schilling has said that he has invested $30 million in 38 Studios. In Reckoning, players create personalized characters, then guide them through adventures set in a medieval fantasy world. Its play style is similar to other popular video games, like World of Warcraft.

VGChartz, a market research firm, estimates that 1.1 million units of Reckoning have been sold since the game’s launch.)