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RIT Hosts Video Game Industry Meeting for State Senate

The New York State Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship held a panel discussion at RIT’s Student Innovation Hall on Oct. 22 that focused on the potential growth of the video gaming industry in New York state.

Leveraging RIT’s new MAGIC Center, State Sen. Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn, chaired an all-day discussion of the potential job creation opportunities that exist with video games and how state policy could be enhanced to encourage this type of economic development.

He was joined by State Sens. Joseph Robach, R-Rochester; Ted O’Brien, D-Rochester; and Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, who represent the Rochester area; representatives of the gaming industry; executives from video game companies located in Upstate New York; and Darkwind Media, a game development company founded by three RIT alumni, based in RIT’s Venture Creations Business Incubator.

Golden recognized the reputation that RIT has in the field and how sought after its graduates are in the $4.9 billion video gaming industry.

During a working lunch, Colin Doody, one of the founders of Darkwind Media, presented on his company’s history, current status and the challenges it faces operating in New York state.

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