Win for Boston Video Game Industry: PAX East Commits 10 years in Boston and $325K to Fund Mass DiGI

February 16th, 2012 by Elliott Mitchell

Video game industry leaders, higher education institutions and the press were all in for a big surprise when summoned to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) for a big announcement Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Penny Arcade’s PAX East conference has committed to hold their annual video game conference for 10 more years in Boston at the BCEC. Last year, PAX East boasted 68,000 attendees over three days of digital gaming bliss. Numbers of future attendees may reach 100,000 translating into lots of revenue for local businesses and further establishing Boston as a central hub of game development.

PAX East also pledged $325K to the Massachusetts Digital Game Institute (Mass DiGI) over the next ten years to support and nurture a sustainable cycle of industry growth with the coordination between game studios, educational institutions and the government.

Among the speakers at the press conference were Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray along with Tom Hopcroft (President and CEO at Mass Technology Leadership Council), Tim Lowe and Monty Sharma (Mass DiGI), Ken Surdan (VP Turbine) and a few other tech industry leaders.

See the WGBH news broadcast here.

Read about the announcement here.

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