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July 15, 2010

The computer game industry

Some of today's computer games seem tremendous real and are easy to interact with. To the companies making and selling these games, are they more than just fun? Are they a big business?

Dr. Mike Walden, North Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, responds:

"Oh, very definitely. ... This is now a multibillion-dollar industry, and it is growing very rapidly. Every state wants a piece of this industry because, number one, it is a so called green industry that is it doesn't make a lot of demand on infrastructure and fuel, and secondly the salaries paid tend to be very high. So states are going after these firms, and here in North Carolina we have seen a lot of those companies locate around the Research Triangle Park area, one reason being that you obviously need college-educated workers to work in that area and obviously RTP has some.

"We are also seeing some of those firms locate around military bases because there are a lot of military applications to the games.

"So this is definitely a growth sector. It is a well sought after sector. And it is an economic sector where North Carolina is increasingly having a presence."

Posted by deeshore at July 15, 2010 08:34 AM