1 Feb 2017

Labour pushes for $1b digital gaming industry in Dunedin

1:42 pm on 1 February 2017

The Labour Party has promised to spend $10 million creating a computer game start-up centre in Dunedin.

Andrew Little

Labour leader Andrew Little Photo: RNZ

Labour leader Andrew Little made the announcement at a new technology workspace in Dunedin's warehouse precinct this afternoon.

If elected this year, Labour would use $10m from the previously announced $200m regional development fund, Mr Little said.

It would create an academic chair of digital gaming at Otago University, a gaming development centre with a motion capture studio and a funding pool for young entrepreneurs.

Mr Little said the gaming industry was already well established in Dunedin in particular, and could be helped to grow from a $90m a year national industry to a $1 billion industry.

He said he would announce other regional development investments around the country in the next few months.

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