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Gaming center gets incubator grant

Becker College and the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, also known as MassDiGI, said Thursday that they have received a federal grant to help build a $2.8 million video game incubator and training center in Worcester.

The $1.4 million grant is from the Economic Development Administration, part of the Department of Commerce.

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Projected to create 430 jobs over a 10-year period, the MassDiGI New Ventures Center will be “a business assistance center for interactive media, game development, and technology-centric business undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneurs,” said Becker College, which added that it will match the federal grant.

In 2011, Becker was designated as host of MassDiGI, a state-sanctioned video game industry group.

“As the home of both MassDiGI and a nationally recognized video game development program, Becker College is perfectly positioned to help grow one of the most dynamic pillars of the Massachusetts innovation economy: the interactive entertainment industry,” Robert E. Johnson, president of Becker College and chairman of the MassDiGI advisory board, said in a statement.

“The jobs created by the work of this center will be highly skilled and well paid. They will build the talent pool in Massachusetts by providing opportunity for graduates from Becker and other institutions of higher learning across the state.”

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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