One of the great advantages of any cluster is fact that when you lose your job in a particular company, you don’t have to move anywhere to work for a competitor. Since it requires many companies and industry supporting structures to form a proper cluster, there is a greater opportunity to advance or find a new job in particular industry if you live in a cluster!

GameSutra looks at several gaming clusters where this is a reality:

“Although there is no single location that companies flock to for the game industry, there are several cities that have become prominent hubs:

  • Los Angeles, CA – not surprising since its home to the entertainment industry in general
  • San Francisco, CA – especially prominent for the games journalism and marketing sectors
  • Seattle, WA – must have something to do with a small company started by Bill Gates
  • Austin, TX – mostly known for a wealth of smaller independent studios

While there are locations scattered across the U.S. (and the world) where you can find a job in the game industry, you increase your likelihood of getting a job if you live in one of these key hubs. The need to be willing to relocated was particularly relevant to my situation.”

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Think Services Games Group’ (TSGG) has recently completed the famous Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Fransisco. This is the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event.

The GDC hosts several events all across North America’s leading gaming centers. Notable mentions include the Austin GDC Online (Oct 5-8) and GDC Canada (May 6-7) events.

The goal of the events is to bring industry leaders and creative professionals together to learn, network, share ideas and of course drive business.

To learn more about Think Services: click here

For information on all upcoming and past GDC events: click here

SkillPoint Alliance, an organization devoted to building partnerships among industry members has announced their 2010 Digital Media Exchange (DMX) competition at the Central Texas High School. The competition hopes to get creative minds in youth to showcase projects in varied digital media formats, including video games.

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In order for any cluster to grow it must have some government support, in particular because clusters help foster economic growth.

Texas governor Rick Perry is a strong supporter of this type of economic development and partnered up with Skillpoint Alliance to create the “GameOn!” event, hosted in the city of Austin on Wednesday, April 7, from 9 a.m.

“The video gaming industry portrays a work ethic, business model and openness to new ideas that can help grow and expand the state’s economy, and have a significant impact on how students are taught in Texas classrooms,” Gov. Perry said. “This symposium will help educators and business leaders alike find ways to ensure that young Texans get the resources and training they need to pursue jobs in the exciting digital media and video game development industries.”

Click here for more on SkillPoint Alliance and the GameOn! conference

“The Seattle area is known for many things. But right up there with the coffee, the weather, and the music scene would have to be the gaming community.”

“…downtown Seattle has hosted two of the gaming industry’s largest expos…Casual Connect, a conference around casual games as opposed to traditional “core” games that tend to be more time and cost-intensive; and the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), which drew an estimated 50,000 people in a celebration of all the latest in gaming tech, business, and culture.”

It’s clear the Seattle has attracted a significant pool of talent to create this vibrant cluster and city continues to foster cluster development. With live productions like Nerdgasm, hosting both previously mentioned conferences this year and having significant economic priority for Washington State, bringing in over $4 billion dollars in direct revenue.

Click here for more on the Seattle video game cluster and the companies involved.

One of the hottest game developing area in the world is located in Washington State. Seattle video game cluster is one of the largest and most developed.

Washington’s economic development clearly supports the industry convergence and recognizes the need to create incentives and understand the industry’s future needs.

For more on Washington’s initiatives click here or go directly to the Electronic Game Content Production Skill Standards Manual

Did a little presentation in-class.

I’ll let it speak for it’s self…

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