I was the store owner interviewed in the NewsChannel4 story. Jesse Wells (the reporter) is a gamer himself and he comes to see us whenever they have a game related story. In theory, this bill is a good idea and I have no problem with the " no M rated" stipulation. However, as I stated in the piece, with all of these devs and pubs cutting staff and closing alotgether, who is going to spend the money to move their operation (and people) here? No one. It's a bill that is 3-5 years too late.
As for the Senator, the report said "He did not want to defend his legislation." They asked for comment and, apparently, he refused.
Hey, thanks for the input. I wouldn't say the bill is too late to the party, but the ratings restriction would certainly make developers think twice about moving here. I was approached for comment by Jesse, but as a representative of the ECA we don't have an official position on the issue.
AS a programmer looking to start up game development, I would like to see Oklahoma make itself more friendly to game development. They failed in that regards back in 2006 when they tried to pass game sales restrictions and they are failing now by adding ratings restrictions to this rebate bill.
It is a difficult time for developers to move and I certainly wouldn't want to see them uproot just to get tax incentives. But as the economy improves, more developers would be able to open shop or expand.
My major concern and reason for supporting getting a tax rebate system for game developers is that Oklahoma has at least 4 schools offering actual game related degrees and many more offering game related classes. We are training people to be game developers but offering no options for them to be employed in state. They will all have to leave the state to get employment. By offering a competitive tax incentive, more studios would look this way when they want to expand and more students could start small scale studios in the state.
But this bill suffers fro ma competitive disadvantage with the ratings restriction.