Game Developers Conference 2011 in San Francisco.
More cities, states and countries are trying to attract game developers. I had heard about Texas, Rhode Island, Michigan and a handful of other states offering incentives for game developers in the form of tax breaks and loans. I spoke with the representatives from the Georgia Game Developers Association who were thrilled that their state attracts many talented students with game industry ambitions, but wants to see more of them stay in Georgia after college.
At the Scotland Booth at GDC, I spoke with a delightful lady who worked for the Scottish government. She described Scotland’s desire to attract and retain talented, tech-savvy individuals. Holland and Germany (who also had booths) echoed her intentions. I also spoke with a man from Chile whose country paid his way to GDC and has offered more monetary incentives if he is able grow his company.