State governments across the country are competing to attract video game developers to stimulate local economies.  As part of this effort, at least 20 states have enacted legislation to provide tax incentives to interactive media companies.  Most of these incentive packages have been implemented in the past five years.  Typically, the tax incentives take the form of credits, grants, and exemptions.  The incentives are often administered by a state’s film office.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to provide Stephen Riden’s comprehensive list of the states that are currently offering tax incentives to video game companies, along with a short description of each state’s incentive plan.

The chart is available for download here. (June 2011 update.)

We are following tax incentive legislation for game developers pending in several other states.  Check back for periodic updates or email us at, and we will automatically send the latest updates as they become available.  We welcome your feedback:  Please drop us a line if you have more up-to-date information.

Please note that this summary is not legal advice or tax advice of any nature, nor is it a substitute for proper legal research and advice. It is provided for informational purposes only.

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