Georgia Governor Nathan Deal addressed dozens of video game designers today at the Statehouse. The 70 year-old had only positive things to say to more than 80 video game companies that have made the peach state their home. Deal felt that the growing industry is playing a vital role in aiding the state’s economy.
“Georgia certainly wants to be a part of that growth as we move forward,” Deal stated. “It’s increasingly a digital world, and it’s crucial that Georgia be a part of it.”
The Georgia Game Developers Association, a nonprofit group for video game developers, issued a report today to address the gaming industry’s local expansion.
The report stated that Georgia’s video games have helped over 1,200 Georgia citizens find jobs, along with generating $48 million in annual state tax revenue. Many jobs in the gaming field pay an average of about $85,000, which is typically twice the amount that a Georgia resident pulls in annually.
“What’s important to note is that these high-paid employees live in Georgia, work in Georgia and spend their money in Georgia, supporting economic growth,” said Mitchell Kopelman, who oversaw the study.
A recent survey also noted that more than 4,000 local college students are pursuing video game-related degrees.
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