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MassDiGI’s Summer Innovation Program Hosted by Becker College 08/03/2012

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On July 30th the Boston Globe published an article highlighting a state-sponsored Summer Innovation Program produced by MBBP clients Mass Digital Games Institute and Becker College. The program brings college students together with the hope of grooming the next generation of video game designers. The students were broken into three teams, each with a different assignment,  and must develop a complete game or a playable prototype. The program holds these teams to strict production schedules,  ensuring students not only receive experience creating a game, but also meeting important deadlines and making necessary re-evaluation of their product.

To read the full article, please visit the Boston Globe.

For more information on the Summer Innovation Program, please visit MassDiGI.

MassChallenge Awards Grand Prize to 80HD Games 04/30/2012

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On April 13-15, MBBP client Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) hosted Game Challenge, an event that brought together 28 teams of students, entrepreneurs and professionals to compete against each other in taking a game from concept to launch. Developers at 80HD were named the Grand Prize winner and won the award for Best Game Concept. As part of the award, winners received prizes including full access to MassDiGI’s 2012 Summer Innovation Program, legal services from Game Challenge sponsor MBBP, access to industry mentors, cash awards and more!

To learn more about the event, please visit MassDiGI.

Mike Cavaretta to Moderate Panel for Digital Games: Playing in the Valley Event 03/07/2012

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaOn March 15th, MBBP client MassDiGI is co-presenting a symposium at Hampshire College called Digital Games: Playing in the Valley. The event will be an afternoon of panels discussing digital games, economic development, education and entrepreneurship. MBBP Attorney and founder of the MITEF New England Games SIG Mike Cavaretta will be moderating one of the panels on “Creative Communities: Building Games outside the Hub”.

Visit playinginthevalley.eventbrite.com for complete schedule and panel information.

MassDiGI to Receive $325,000 from PAX East 02/28/2012

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On February 15th PAX East, a three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers, announced it will extend its contract with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) to stay in Boston for ten more years. As part of this commitment, PAX East has also decided to help fund MBBP client Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) based at Becker College by providing $25,000 a year for the next ten years. MassDiGI Executive Director Timothy Loew was interviewed by WGBH on what this decade-long commitment means for the Massachusetts video game industry.

To learn more, please see the Boston Globe article on the Pax East.

MBBP Client Quoted in Boston Magazine Article 01/04/2012

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In December, Boston Magazine published an article highlighting the role of Massachusetts in the video gaming industry – noting that Massachusetts, as the fifth largest employer of video game developers in the country, is a launching pad for successful gaming companies. Tim Loew, the executive director of our client, Massachusetts Digital Games Institute at Becker College, was quoted discussing the Commonwealth’s industry focuses: “Eds and meds and games, that’s Massachusetts!”

For the full article, please visit Boston Magazine.

Mike Cavaretta Quoted in Boston.com Article 10/05/2011

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaThe Massachusetts Digital Games Institute of Becker College has received a $500,000 federal grant to aid in jump-starting companies and training workers in the video game industry. The institute and Becker College will now partner with seven private video game and interactive media developers that will provide resources and personnel to support the institute’s initiatives. MBBP Attorney Mike Cavaretta discussed the benefits of the institute and how it will raise awareness of Massachusetts’ ability to support a “thriving gaming economy”. He continued on to say:

One of the ways California is ahead of us in the digital games industry is in venture capital. Having a working group that focuses on capital in the digital game industry will be helpful to educate and bring a level of comfort to investors in the industry.

Please read the full article for more information. For questions on the video game industry, please contact Mike Cavaretta.

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