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MassDiGI games program receives $1.4M grant for training center

The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, a state-sanctioned game development program hosted by Becker College, has received a $1.4 million grant from the state to build a gaming industry "incubator and training center" in Worcester, Mass., Boston Globe reports.

The grant, which will be matched by Becker College for a total of $2.8 million, will allow MassDiGI to create a "New Ventures Center," a facility dedicated to providing business assistance to undergraduate and post-grad entrepreneurs in digital fields, including game development. The New Ventures Center will operate alongside MassDiGI's other initiatives, which are similarly designed to "strengthen the talent pipeline between higher education and the game industry," according to the program's official site.

According to a statement released by the college, the MassDiGI New Ventures Center will create 430 jobs over the next 10 years, though a start date for the program has not yet been announced.

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