Friday, March 26, 2010

MassTLC PAX Party Maxes Out Microsoft NERD

MassTLC threw a "Made in MA" party at Microsoft NERD to celebrate our Digital Games Cluster in Massachusetts and to show the visiting game developers what we have to offer here in MA -- Massachusetts has become a leading gaming hub with over 70 companies employing over 1200 and generating over $2B in revenue.

What better way to celebrate Games Made in MA than having "Made in MA" cupcakes -- that were also made in MA!

Attendees tried their hands at some of the coolest and latest video games...

Hundreds more enjoyed networking, meeting new people, and catching up with old friends. The party was a huge hit for those who could make it in.

Special thanks to our sponsors: AMD, Microsoft, Worldwinner/GSN, and Games for Health. We'd also like to thank Massachusetts Creative Economy Director Jason Schupbach and our partners Boston Post Mortem and the MIT Game SIG.

Click here to learn more about the MassTLC Digital Games Cluster.

Here are some press highlights from the party and PAX East...

Mass High Tech - MHT Exclusive: Microsoft's game guy Major Nelson eyes game development in Cambridge
Nearly 1,000 people filled up three floors at Microsoft Corp.'s New England Research and Development center for a PAX East pre-party put on with the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. But before the festivities started, a few hundred area college students gathered to hear from Microsoft's voice of games, Larry Hryb, Xbox Live director of programming, who is much better known to the gamer community by his Xbox Live user handle -- or gamer tag -- Major Nelson. READ MORE

Xconomy - The Games Begin at PAX East, A Seattle Transplant Uniting Gamers and Developers
The largest gaming expo on the East Coast, this weekend's PAX East festival, will be preceded by what's likely to be the biggest party the Boston gaming scene has ever witnessed, tonight at Microsoft's New England R&D Center in Cambridge, MA. A packed house of 800 guests is expected at the PAX East "Made in MA" bash, organized by the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) and sponsored by AMD and Microsoft. The event is intended to celebrate the $2 billion cluster of companies in the video game and online game industry in Massachusetts. Many of these companies will be exhibiting at PAX East (but some won’t--and therein lies another story). READ MORE

Boston Globe - Video game culture, lifestyle take center stage in Boston
According to a 2009 survey by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, the state's video game makers take in $2 billion in revenue per year. The state boasts big-name companies like Harmonix Music Systems Inc. in Cambridge, inventors of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games, and Turbine Inc. of Westwood, maker of Lord of the Rings Online, as well as a host of smaller development houses. READ MORE

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