I didn't realize Rick was such a big supporter of the video game industry in Texas. He gave the keynote for E3 last year? That's sort of out of place, no?
When not making bizarre references to seceding from the United States, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is good friend to the video game industry.
The Guv, who delivered last year's E3 keynote in Los Angeles, today signed into law HB 873. The bill increases the amount of state grants available to video game, film and other digital media production companies.
As reported by the San Marcos Daily Record, Perry was enthusiatic about the legislation at the bill signing ceremony:
With this legislation, we are strengthening our state’s investment in a vital industry that not only shows off our state to the rest of the world, but also draws investment and creates jobs for Texans.
ESA CEO Mike Gallagher praised Perry via press release:
I commend Governor Rick Perry and the Texas state legislature for recognizing the contributions that the video game industry already has made in the state, and for acting quickly and decisively to ensure that the industry has the opportunity to reach its full potential. Today, Texas showed its strong willingness to stay competitive with other states that are seeking to attract video game developers and publishers.
KVUE has a video report on the bill signing.
One of the comments in that blog is pretty funny...
Re: Texas Guv Puts Secession Plans on Hold, Signs Game Biz ...Submitted by Saladin - April 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm -0500
As a Texan, I'm all for seceding from the U.S. and building an unholy video game empire!
*Cough* Er... what I MEANT to say is that this is great for game companies and gamers alike. Yes. That's just what I meant. *Eyes the rest of the comments board suspiciously*