“We’re in a new, dynamic era for Georgia’s media industries. We’ve seen the tremendous results of state tax incentives already for film and television establishing Georgia as the number one destination for film production, and now we see the gaming industry primed for the same growth,” says Paula Wallace, President and Founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
In July 2017, the Georgia Legislative body passed the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act. The bill offers a 20 percent tax credit to companies pursuing film, video or digital work in the state, fueling the creative boom across the state. That credit was why Asante Bradford, the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s digital entertainment project manager, estimated that 2017’s video game creation would surpass the 350 games released or distributed by Georgia-based companies in 2016.
SCAD, which enrolls about 14,000 students across campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, and its international locations, has been capitalizing on the growing game design industry by nurturing talent to serve local and incoming companies taking advantage of the welcome environment.