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Can Madison become a video game Mecca?

Madison, Wis. - Can Madison, perhaps even Wisconsin, make video games the state's next big export?

While the establishment of two successful game developers - Raven Software and Human Head - hardly represents a critical mass, the Capital City does host a nationally known Games, Learning, and Society Confe......

Full article >>> ld additions to existing games, and those people are frequently interested in working for Raven.

Additionally, multiple employees are referred to Raven from around the country, and once they move past the obvious obstacle of Wisconsin winters, it is fairly uncomplicated to sell them on Madison. "California is kind of a cutthroat area - people jump from place to place. We seem to be able ......

Full article >>> Productions, which also has attracted staff from Raven Software, recently opened with a staff of six programmers and designers with a mission of "game development in the frozen tundra." NEW Capital Fund, a private equity limited partnership, recently announced that it plans to invest $270,000 in Frozen Codebase and its efforts to design, program, a......

Full article >>> sed in commercial entertainment and niche markets such as learning, health, and advertising. "This is a niche that is just starting," he said, "but will someday be a major economic factor."

University cooperation

Madison has at least one roadblock to becoming a nexus of the gaming industry, according to Gee. The University of Wisconsin......

Full article >>> ndustry from growing further in Madison, its existing game companies are doing just fine with the current levels - and fortunately have no plans to leave the state.

"We like having it all to ourselves," Raffel said.


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'"/> By Les Chappell 07/11/06

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