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Michigan Film Office approves three video game and mobile app projects

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News was received today, July 25, 2014 that the Michigan Film Office has approved for digital media incentives from the state three projects – Scrap Yard, Health Games for Kids and Santa & His Elves.

Scrap Yard, awarded an incentive of $192,055 on $711,316 of projected in-state expenditures will employ existing QS staff, in addition to one new hire to complete the work. A 2D multiplayer combat video game that is being developed for Windows, and potentially other platforms, is being developed at Quantum Signal LLC (QS) in Saline, Michigan. The project,

Health Games for Kids, awarded an incentive of $48,261 on $138,877 of projected in-state expenditures.this project will employ eleven new hires, with a full time equivalent of three jobs, Work will be done alongside existing employees at PIXO Group. A mobile video game designed to entertain and engage young children with fun, active play, while young users are learning how to eat healthier and be more active is being developed by Southfield-based PIXO Group and will be distributed through the Apple App store and the Google PLAY Mobile App marketplace.

Santa & His Elves, awarded an incentive of $59,682 on $177,677 of projected in-state expenditures. Work on the app is being done at BELIEVE in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan by 15 new hires and a full time equivalent of two jobs. A mobile smartphone and tablet application geared toward families with small children to enhance the enchantment of traditional folklore. . In 2014, production of Santa & His Elves for both Apple iOS and Android devices will include new features and functionality. The project was .Santa Spy Cam for Apple iOS iPhone/iPod/iPad was released in 2013.

In Fiscal Year 2014, 17 projects have been awarded $59,187,318 on $228,413,685 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,526 hires with a full time equivalent of 1,208 jobs.

“Michigan is home to some terrific digital media talent and infrastructure,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office has been noted as saying. “These projects add to a strong foundation as we work to attract new digital media and video game development projects to the state.”