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Federal, Provincial governments invest in PEI game sector

Briefs | 12/07/2007 5:45 pm EST

Late last month the Government of Canada announced a $660,000 investment in video game projects involving the University of PEI and the Island's Holland College through its Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. This contribution was simlutaneously bettered by Technology PEI, a branch of the provincial government, who contributed $680,000 towards the same initiatives. UPEI will receive $871,245 to establish a video game programming stream within its department of computer science and information technology. The remainder of the funding goes to Holland College, which will be developing two programs: one will offer a diploma, the other a certificate option covering the fundamentals of art and design. "In order to attract world class companies, we must work with schools to ensure there is a steady supply of qualified employees capable of succeeding in a highly competitive industry,"  said Richard Brown, PEI's minister of development and technology.
As Canadian New Media reported last month, PEI is looking to becoming Atlantic Canada's video game hotbed. 

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