A year in review for the video game industry in Houston

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A year after Houston government leaders reviewed the economic impact of the video game industry for this region, some strides are being made.

Digital media producer and University of Houston digital media professor Karen Snyder said electronic sports’ future is looking good—especially serious games (those developed for medical care), but independent studios still need investors.

“Our state is bringing in $800 million in development dollars, but our city is not. It’s all going to Austin and Dallas. And yet, we have students leaving upon graduating because they want these jobs. So, why shouldn’t it be Houston? How can we reverse that trend?,” said Snyder.

Snyder said it's not a lack of money, but a lack of awareness and vision. However, now Houston's mayor is involved, as well as Rice University with the new technology hub.

Snyder said the video-gaming industry is bringing in millions of dollars in revenue to the state, but not necessarily in Houston.

“Dallas has really plunged forth. Austin has really made significant strides. Houston it’s time to win,” said Snyder.

She said Houston is ranked 56th in the nation for venture capitalists.

Following last year’s video gaming impact presentation, leaders are interested in E-sports that would draw in tourism dollars.

·         Houston has its first-ever E-sports team, the Houston Outlaws.

·         First Esports 1,000 ft. arena being developed by Mainline.GG

·         E-Club and Lounge for families developed by Next Level.

·         Omniverse VR Arcade by Chad Modad has moved to downtown

·         FanReact Motor Software developed by Chris Buckner and his team.

·         Snyder is also developing her own serious games.

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