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NE Games SIG to Host Event: Can Games Save Education? 05/11/2012

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On June 14th, the the MIT Enterprise Forum’s New England Games SIG is hosting an event at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge on “Can Games Save Education?.” Games dominate interactive time with young learners and have proven their ability to engage, entertain, teach and impact. Can games really impact education as we know it today? The event will be comprised of a panel discussion that will take a focused look at the state of education and the reality of changing education in a 21st century way.  The panel of Becker College President, Robert Johnson, and  Muzzy Lane CEO, Dave McCool, (with additional panelists to be announced) will discuss:

  • Game developers have long understood that there are different types of game players and have developed different games and elements to touch everyone from grandmothers to marines. Can/will educators turn to a customized form of education? Is there a way to get teachers and school districts to change or is there just too much inertia?
  • Games have a proven business model, while education is mired in a slow mature market, will games have to make their impact as adjunct material or is there room in the mainstream? Can we learn something from the business model of games? Are parents a better target customer than school districts?
  • What are the biggest risks in converting to game based education? Who do you see as leaders in taking these risks?

MBBP partner Mike Cavaretta is Founder and Chair of the NE Games SIG.

To learn more about this free event please visit the NE Games SIG.

To register, please click here.

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.

NE Games SIG to Host Event on Launching Great Games with Limited Marketing Spend 02/28/2012

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On Wednesday, March 21st, the MIT Enterprise Forum’s New England Games SIG is hosting an event at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge on “Launching Great Games with Limited Marketing Spend.” The event will provide attendees with insight into marketing their games on a limited budget through a panel discussion moderated by Hank Howie of MBBP client Beach Cooler Games. The panel, consisting of some of the region’s most seasoned game marketing executives, will share some of their secrets and discuss what tactics have (and have not) worked for them in the past.

MBBP partner Mike Cavaretta is Founder and Chair of the NE Games SIG.

To learn more about this free event please visit the NE Games SIG.

For preregistration please click here.

NE Games SIG to Host Reducing Risk in the Games Business Event 10/17/2011

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On Tuesday, November 1st, the New England Games SIG is hosting Reducing Risk in the Games Business, an event in which a panel of game industry veterans will discuss their approach to business strategy and explain what is different about how they are doing business to help manage risk. The night will be moderated by Walter Somol, Director of Tech Community Outreach at Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, while the panelists will include: Scott Triola, Founder & Principal of 5X5 Advisors and former COO of Blue Fang Games; Dave McCool, President & CEO of Muzzy Lane Software; Nabeel Hyatt, General Manager of Zynga Boston; and other industry executives.  The event will be held at Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge and will run from 6:00 – 9:00PM.

 MBBP partner Mike Cavaretta is Founder and Chair of the NE Games SIG.

Learn more by visiting the New England Games SIG. To register, click here.

Mass Seeks Tax Credits for Video Game Makers Through New Legislation 01/21/2011

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The Boston Herald recently published an article discussing the legislation being proposed that would provide to Massachusetts video game companies tax credits and other incentives tied to job creation or production goals. Proponents of the bill believe the video game industry has the potential to become a critical part of the Commonwealth’s economy, much like the biotechnology industry has over the past 25 years. MBBP Attorney and Chairman of the NE Games SIG Mike Cavaretta contributed extensively to the creation of the video game industry legislation, which was filed January 21st.

On January 25th, the NE Games SIG will be holding a panel discussion about the legislation which will feature its sponsor, Rep. Vincent Pedone, as well as Eric Nakajima from the state’s office of economic development, Dr. Ian Davis from Rockstar New England, Ken Surdan from Turbine, and Mike Tinney from CCP Games, and will be moderated by Rodney Brown of Mass High Tech.  For details and to register click here.

For more information on how MBBP can help your company, please visit our website or contact Mike Cavaretta.

Michael Cavaretta Quoted in Worcester Telegram & Gazette Article 10/20/2010

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaOn October 11th, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured an article on the growing video game industry in Massachusetts and the lack of incentives from the state to keep video game professionals and businesses here. MBBP attorney and founding member of the New England Games Special Interest Group, Michael Cavaretta, was asked to comment on the issue:

Massachusetts attained its position without any support from the state. With its educated work force and some effort, Massachusetts could become one of the top two clusters (video game locations) in the nation.

The article features Massachusetts video game companies who discuss their take on the lack of support from the state and what can be done to appease the industry members.

To read the full article, please visit Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

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