59% of Americans play video games. – Entertainment Software Association
Driven by strong mobile gaming and video game console and software sales, the worldwide video game marketplace is forecast to reach $111 billion by 2015. Thanks to a growing community of local gamers and support from a host of local agencies, including Commerce Lexington and the Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center, Lexington now has seven full-fledged game development companies that are increasingly bringing those dollars to the Bluegrass.
Last Tuesday, September 30, Commerce Lexington and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development brought seven freelance journalists to town to visit with local game developers at Awesome Inc., the tech business incubator on Main Street. For two hours, journalists played games and interviewed developers, gaining a sense of the excitement and passion surrounding Lexington’s gaming community.
Game development companies located in Lexington include:
Cultivating the local gaming community is Run Jump Dev, a nonprofit that is committed to creating strong game developers and successful companies in the Bluegrass Region. Seeded with raw passion for creating games, Run Jump Dev hosts workshops, networking events, game jams, and helps connect local gaming entrepreneurs to funding and business development opportunities.
Could Lexington soon be known as “The Horse and Video Game Capital of the World?”
– CLX Economic Development Team
Commerce Lexington Update
- Commerce Lexington released the October 2014 edition of Business Focus
- One of Lexington’s newest residents, Seamus Carey, Ph.D., Transylvania University’s 26th president, will be headlining Good Morning Bluegrass on Tuesday, October 7th
- Commerce Lexington will host Senator Mitch McConnell at a Public Policy Luncheon, Friday, October 10th.