Video Game, Mobile App Projects Get State Incentives

LANSING — The Michigan Film Office announced today three video game and mobile app projects – Scrap Yard, Health Games for Kids and Santa & His Elves – have been approved for digital media incentives from the state.

Scrap Yard is a two-dimensinoal multiplayer combat video game that is being developed for Windows, and potentially other platforms. The game is being developed at Quantum Signal LLC in Saline. The project was awarded an incentive of $192,055 on $711,316 of projected in-state expenditures. Existing QS staff, in addition to one new hire, will complete the work.

Health Games for Kids is a mobile video game designed to entertain and engage young children with fun, active play. While young users are playing the game, they are also learning how to eat healthier and be more active. The mobile video game is being developed by Southfield-based Pixo Group and will be distributed through the Apple App store and the Google Play Mobile App marketplace. This project was awarded an incentive of $48,261 on $138,877 of projected in-state expenditures. Eleven new hires, with a full time equivalent of three jobs, will complete the work alongside existing employees at Pixo Group.

Santa & His Elves is a mobile smartphone and tablet application geared toward families with small children to enhance the enchantment of traditional folklore. Santa Spy Cam for Apple iOS iPhone/iPod/iPad was released in 2013. In 2014, production of Santa & His Elves for both Apple iOS and Android devices will include new features and functionality. Work on the app is being done at Believe in Bloomfield Hills by 15 new hires and a full time equivalent of two jobs. The project was awarded an incentive of $59,682 on $177,677 of projected in-state expenditures.

Since the state’s 2014 fiscal year began last Oct. 1, 17 projects have been awarded $59,187,318 on $228,413,685 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,526 hires with a full time equivalent of 1,208 jobs.

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit http://www.michiganfilmoffice.org/.

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