Boosted By Grant, Manchester Video Game Developer Workspace Readies For Launch

Oct 10, 2014

About 60 people attended their fifth monthly meet-up earlier this week at Joker's in Manchester.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

 A newly-formed group of independent video game developers in Manchester looks poised to open a game developers’ incubator in the city’s Millyard by the end of the year.

Local game developer David Carrigg is one of the founders of the state chapter of the International Game Developers Association, which is leading the creation of the incubator called Game Assembly.

“The co-working space has three main goals which are: help the studios that are here developing games in the state, retain the talent that the state is building and also educate. Offer internship programs, coop programs, mentorship, that kind of stuff.”

The effort got a boost last week when a $2.5 million federal grant was awarded to the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.

Carrigg says a portion of that four-year grant is dedicated towards funding the space in Manchester. But he’s hoping companies will step up by sponsoring it to further subsidize user fees.