When Rupert Meghnot sees new developments for digital interaction, he also sees big economic opportunities for Central Florida. The problem is that many local small video game studios don’t have enough resources to grow and create the high-wage jobs that are expected in the gaming community.
Meghnot, founder of Orlando’s video game accelerator Burnout Game Ventures, is forming a team that will work on creating ways to boost Central Florida’s gaming community. While Orlando has several programs that focuses on tech firms and other small businesses, such as the University of Central Florida’s business incubator program, Orlando tech accelerator Starter Studio and Catalyst’s co -working space’s VentureScaleUp, Meghnot points out that there is a lack of programs to help grow video game studios. And because of that, Orlando is missing out on a big slice of the video game’s $101.6 billion global industry — an industry that is bigger than film and music combined.
Meghnot, who is a former professor of Full Sail University’s game design program, is having an interest meeting on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. inside downtown Orlando’s co-working space Canvs to gauge interest on building a team that will brainstorm ways to improve Orlando’s gaming industry. Early supporters include Winter Park-based tech firm Highwinds Network Group Inc., the Orlando Tech Association, Orlando-based The Tech Law Firm and more.