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The Boston Gaming Scene

Posted Apr 12, 2010 by Jon Wood

The Boston Gaming Scene's Garrett Fuller writes this article aimed at would-be game developers living in and around the Boston area.

Garrett Fuller

PAX East is now over, but the gaming has not stopped in Boston. Many times it is hard for us East Coasters to think about jobs in the video game industry because so many companies are based in California or Texas. The fact is that Boston has become a hotspot for game companies and continues to drive developers to its location. The Massachusetts Tech Leadership Council holds regular events for students, developers, and business teams to meet with the intention of designing games in the Boston area. This article is to talk a little about what is going on up North and how it is a growing spot for people interested in getting into video games.

We know the MMO companies like Turbine, 38 Studios, and Tencent all have studios in Boston and are working on projects. Harmonix is also based out of Boston. These companies continue to drive game development and actively recruit from the Universities in the area. Massachusetts employs over 1,200 people in the digital gaming market and is working to continue growth in the area.

The Thursday night before PAX East, we got a chance to check out the Microsoft offices right next to the MIT campus. The party there was hosted by the MTLC and showed off the high tech gear that one of the world’s largest software companies as well as one of the top technical Universities could offer. Game studios had booths at the party for recruitment and to show off some games to attendees. Whether it was an MMO or IPhone game there was a lot to take a look at. This type of atmosphere was great for anyone looking to be a part of games. Students mingled with developers and executives in hopes that recruitment and expansion could be achieved.

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