We're not playing around here.
This is the gaming industry's East Coast hub - home to more than 40 companies and one of the largest concentrations of game development companies in the United States.
Existing studios thrive in the Research Triangle Region, and more continue arriving to serve the military, healthcare industry, academia and others, all investing heavily in interactive gaming and e-learning as a workforce development and training tool.
Our skilled and diverse interactive gaming and e-learning workforce includes leading engine developers, influential entertainment studio executives and pioneering serious game producers. For a games designer, games programmer or anyone else in game development, it's the place to be. Particularly if you started out here already - many of the exceptionally well-trained graduates entering our workforce each year are coming from focused, specialized educational programs developed specifically by our universities and community colleges.
For example, Wake Technical Community College's degree program in simulation and game development prepares graduates to become game testers, assistant designers, 3-D modelers and animators. For another, UNC-Chapel Hill's top-ranked computer graphics program specializes in virtual environments, medical image processing, scientific visualization and geometric modeling.
Duke University's computer science and engineering programs offer research and expertise in computational geometry and artificial intelligence. They've also got the southeast's only fully enclosed, six-sided, virtual reality space in the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment.
Starting in the fall of 2012, William Peace University will expand its curriculum to include a simulation and game design major. This major has been developed to prepare university graduates for careers in the industry of advanced learning technologies and gaming, which has become a growing industry across the United States.
And N.C. State's Digital Games Research Center offers curricula specifically designed to meet gaming industry needs, conduct research into new technologies and help gaming companies with licensing and business development.
Starting in 2011, North Carolina is providing tax incentives for game companies and other businesses developing interactive and digital media.
So it's really no coincidence that these gaming development grads' skills are a perfect match for industry needs - and advancing the state of the art.