Orlando looks to become leader of video game development
The city is quickly becoming the hub of the multibillion-dollar industry
Walt Disney had a vision that most people asserted made him a lunatic. That vision paid off and Orlando, FL became a city known for creative innovation, pulling in major companies from across the country. NASA, Northrop Grumman and many others are headquartered there, in part due to the vast amount of technology and innovation seen in the area. Orlando isn’t content just working with what it has; it wants to become a major hub of the growing, multibillion-dollar video game industry.
There are already a number of established video game companies in the area and eSports is catching Orlando fever, as well. There is an endless supply of convention centers and meeting spaces in the city, making it the perfect location to host major eSports and video game activities.
Mike Taramykin, a former Electronic Arts developer and Florida transplant who hails from New York, is still amazed at everything available for technological innovation in Orlando, and he’s been there for 13 years. He launched his own mobile game development studio, HypGames, and hasn’t looked back.
Taramykin explains, “It’s the best of both worlds here. We now live in a place where you normally go on vacation. And there are a lot of major companies and independent developers in the Orlando area that together create a full professional ecosystem… The availability of talent, good weather and a low cost of living make your odds of success better in Orlando. If your idea is good, you can make it a reality here.”
There are also a number of higher-education facilities in the area that offer degree programs in video game development. All of them rank among the best in the world. The city has also created its own eSports Committee to build the industry and has found backing by the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Universal, EA Sports and, of course, Disney.